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SNAP SHORTS - Regional Touring Showcase

Mounting the season of short plays, Snap Shorts, made in the Central West for the Central West has literally crossed boundaries. The plays have been rehearsed in each area, and writing mentor Alex Broun based in Dubai, has been working with writers via email and Skype meetings.

Directing mentor and project coordinator, Becky Russell, has been crisscrossing the Central West assisting rehearsals and pulling the project together. Fiona Green has been the directing mentor for the Bathurst based directors. The set is being built in Bathurst. Next week company members will come together for the first time in Bathurst for technical and dress rehearsals and the first shows on Saturday 4 July.

Assisted by a Regional Arts Fund (RAF) grant of $20,000 in 2014, Local Stages supported the initial development of over 30 new short plays written by playwrights from across the central west many of these were performed in short play festivals in Mudgee, Bathurst and Dubbo.

Local Stages selected and  further developed nine of the plays, mentored writers and directors from the region and will present the plays in the showcase during July.

The opening performance of SnapShorts will be in the Ian Macintosh Theatre, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre on 4 July, before travelling to Mudgee for 17 and 18 July and Dubbo on 31 July.

The plays to be presented are: Killing Time by Jodi Cramond (Dubbo) directed by Matt Davis (Bathurst) ; Stevie and the Baby by Nina Oyama, directed by Brooke Murray;  Café Valentine by Alison Charters (Bathurst) directed by Fiona Green; Edmund Boot by Joshua Haywood (Mudgee) directed by Helen McLennon; Storm Shelter by Jill Baggett (Mudgee) directed by Deb Cooke (Rylstone); Shit Happens by Lee Robinson (Dubbo) directed by Michelle Bolt; Kandy by Kellie Jennar (Dubbo) directed by Heather Rushton; and Shifting The Blame by Jamie McGraw (Dubbo) directed by Kate Bain. The monologue The Secret Life of Thomas Sugg by Andy Carolan (Dubbo) is directed by Sam Paine.

Local Stages’ Creative Producer, Kylie Shead,  is looking forward to seeing the company come together for the first time after months of planning.

SnapShorts  is an exciting and ambitious project with nearly 50 company members spread across the Central West and next Friday’s dress rehearsal will be the first time we see the whole show come together,’ Kylie said.

‘We hope audiences will come along to support this work – all locally made and produced. It is incredibly important that we give writers and theatre makers the opportunity to tell our stories. This project does that,’ she said.

‘Everyone has been working hard in their own small groups,’ she said.

‘We have created partnerships across the region with Arts OutWest, Orana Arts, Mudgee Performing Arts Society and Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, these partnerships plus the support from Regional Arts Fund, Australia Council for the Arts and Arts NSW have made this project possible,’ she said.

Performance Dates:
4 July bmec.com.au
17 & 18 July Mudgee Town Hall Theatre, TryBooking
31 July Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, www.drtcc.com.au

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