Last Drinks was my first Crash Test play back in 2012. Since then it has become one of my most performed pieces with almost a dozen productions throughout Australia and abroad. In 2013 it won People’s Choice at Short+Sweet Canberra and was a Gala Finalist in Short+Sweet Auckland. Recently it was part of the inaugural Shorts on Stage ten-minute play festival at Noosa Arts Theatre.
Apart from the buzz of getting to see Last Drinks live again, I’m excited that this version will feature the talents of Rob Defries and Helen Way. Rob and Helen were the first actors to take Last Drinks into the Crash Test arena, and I’ve been itching to get them back in the roles. Added to this, the awesome Phillip Meddows will be directing! What more could a playwright ask for?
Best of Crash Test is a celebration of Crash Test Drama Canberra, a moved reading event aimed at developing original work and fostering creative collaboration. Since kicking off in 2012, Crash Test has played a key role in the emergence of a dynamic, energetic and inclusive ten-minute play scene in the ACT. A number of writers, actors and directors that have taken part of Crash Test Drama Canberra have gone on to enjoy success in ten-minute play festivals and competitions worldwide.
The full line up for Best of Crash Test is:
“My Undies are Evil” written and directed by John Lombard
“A Dog’s Life” written and directed by Angus Algie
“Sprung” by Nigel Palfreman, directed by Kirsty Budding
“Cupid’s Waiting” by Kate Roediger, directed by Rob Defries
“Cuts” by Mary Langdon, directed by Marcus Freeman
“Wardrobe Diplomacy” by Harriet Elvin, directed by Amanda Gillespie
“Money Rats” by Kirsty Budding, directed by C.S. Carroll
“Last Drinks” by Greg Gould, directed by Philip Meddows
The plays range in subject and style, from outlandish comedy to subtle political satire. All look to be a lot of fun.
The Best of Crash test kicks off at 7pm on 25 & 26 of June at the Courtyard Theater. Tickets are on sale via Canberra Theatre. The show is produced by the ever-enterprising Budding Theatre.
Note: this show is not suitable for children. There will be bad words. And sexy words. But mainly bad words.
My play The Assignment made a great first impression at the last Crash Test Drama Canberra. Not only did it take out the People’s Choice award (as voted by the audience and other Crash Test participants), it also took home Best Director thanks to the insightful and energetic guidance of Philip Meddows.
As a founding member of Crash Test Drama Canberra, it’s awesome to see the format doing so well. Hats off to Budding Theatre for keeping the ten-minute play format alive on Canberra stages. Great to see so many new actors, writers and directors taking part.
From a writer’s point of view, Crash Test is still my favourite way to develop ten-minute plays. It’s fast. It’s furious. It’s never what you expect. It’s also the best way to find out which parts of your play will stand up under the pressure of an unforgiving stage. What dialogue works? What can be left out? Does the story need more attention? Put your hard-earned words in the hands of a Crash Test crew and you’ll find out quick smart.
Big shout out to my fellow Crash Test writers at the last event. The quality of plays on offer was impressive. I especially enjoyed Cupid’s Waiting by Kate Roediger (directed by Annastasia Denton) and My Undies Are Evil by John Lombard (directed by Arne Sjosetd). Both were witty, funny, and subversively insightful.
Super excited that my new ten-minute play The Assignment will be taken for a spin at Crash Test Drama Canberra today. Not only will I get to see my script read for the first time, but I have been lucky enough to be paired up with Philip Meddows, who has kindly agreed to sit in the director’s chair. After seeing Philip’s stellar performance in Rachel Hogan’s adaptation of The Mandrake Root a few weeks back, I’m keen to see what he’ll do.
The full Crash Test line up is:
Cupid’s Waiting by Kate Roediger, directed by Annastasia Denton
My Undies Are Evil by John Lombard, directed by Arne Sjosetd
A Dog’s Life written and directed by Angus Algie
The Supermarket by C.J. Naylor, directed by Judith Peterson
The Experiment by Andrew Richey, directed by Lynn Petersen
The Assignment by Greg Gould, directed by Philip Meddows
As always, Crash Test Drama Canberra takes places at Canberra Rep’s awesome Theatre 3. Proceedings kick off at 4pm for directors and actors, with performances starting at 6pm.
If you’re an actor looking for a role, or simply want to come and check out Canberra’s newest ten-minute plays, be sure to get along. More details are available at the Crash Test facebook event page.
My newest short play, Stargazers, will be Crash Tested on 1 November by the always entertaining folks at Crash Test Drama Canberra.
Crash Test Drama is a local moved reading and networking theatre event. In a single afternoon, a bunch of new ten minute plays will be cast, rehearsed and performed script-in-hand in front of an audience. The audience then votes for their favourite play, and the judges give out awards for acting and direction.
This round, six ten-minute plays will be put through their paces, including works by Harriet Elvin, Angus Algie, Greg Burgess, Jim Jones, Kirsty Budding and … me.
Crash Test is super fun, and a great way to iron out your ten-minute play kinks. Can’t wait to see what they come up with.
Crash Test takes place on 1 November at Theatre 3. Casting and rehearsals start at 3pm. Performances start at 5. Actors and directors who want to take part should contact Budding Theatre.
If you like theatre that’s fast, fun and a little bit out of control, be there!