Writers from the City of Busselton, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, and the City of Bunbury were invited by Western Edge in Perth to join them in writing a short, original monologue or duologue about life in WA's south-west.
Six finalists - three from the south-west and three from Perth - were chosen. The six winning authors workshopped their scripts with the director before having their play performed at a rehearsed reading at Rivendell Winery in Yallingup on Sunday 26th March 2017, where the audience voted for the People’s Choice Award and the Judges Award was also presented.
The competition gives West Australian playwrights an opportunity to develop their work with other local writers, to broaden their network within the industry, to have their work performed by a live audience and to be published. This is a valuable asset to a playwright’s career, particularly for an emerging writer.
All six plays are published in the South-West Shorts 2017 anthology. Copies have been distributed to the National Library in Canberra, The State and Battye libraries in Perth and to local bookshops and writers events.
Writers were once again invited by Western Edge to create a short play about life in WA’s south-west. The 2018 theme for the competition was “Stranger in a strange land”.
The six finalists’ plays were performed by actors from the Busselton Repertory Club and the Margaret River Theatre Group at a rehearsed reading at Caves House in Yallingup on Sunday 25th March 2018 and published in the South-West Shorts 2018 anthology.
Presented by Ocean Edge Performance Writers, participants to this inaugural summer school workshop brought a five-minute story or concept to the first session, where they were taught the physicality of telling a story before an audience and the basics of live storytelling to help them shape a story that resonates with their audience. They had one week to develop their piece before performing it for a live audience who were invited to share this experience with the performers through their witness of this first performance and by providing feedback to each writer.
The six finalists from the 2019 South-West Shorts event will be performed at the new HEART black box theatre
in Margaret River on Saturday 18th May and published
in the South-West Shorts 2019 anthology.
This year’s theme is “Changing Landscapes”.