Playwrights urged to pen SW scripts

Chloe FraserAugusta Margaret River Times
Rivendell staff Bree Iskov, Rein Morgan and Michelle Philips promote the South West Shorts competition.
Camera IconRivendell staff Bree Iskov, Rein Morgan and Michelle Philips promote the South West Shorts competition. Credit: Chloe Fraser

Writers from throughout the region are being encouraged to produce an original monologue or duologue about life in the South West as part of the South West Shorts playwriting competition.

Each playwright will be judged by a panel of independent judges who will select the top three scripts.

The top three scripts from Perth will also be chosen, with six winning writers invited to take part in workshopping their scripts with a professional director in Dunsborough on Saturday, March 25.

All six plays will also be performed by professional actors at a rehearsed reading at Rivendell Winery in Yallingup on Sunday, March 26.

Producer Therese Edmonds said the inaugural competition was an initiative from Perth-based playwright group Western Edge to encourage relationships between writers.

“Being a writer can be a very isolating thing,” she said.

“The competition gives local writers the opportunity to write for performance and also to make connections between writers.”

Edmonds said the competitions theme “Life in the South West of WA” was deliberately broad.

“We want it to be local writers telling local stories,” she said.

Entries close Sunday, February 19.

For more information or to submit a script visit southwestshorts.com.

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