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Stories need actors and directors

Thursday, 30th August, 2012

Scriptwriter Deb Hunt (left) with Kylee Mitchell, the “Short and Sweet” Regional Co-ordinator. Scriptwriter Deb Hunt (left) with Kylee Mitchell, the “Short and Sweet” Regional Co-ordinator.

By Emily Roberts

The scripts have been selected and now actors and directors are being sought to help bring the stories to life.

Workshops were held recently to attract locals to write scripts, and Kylee Mitchell, Short and Sweet Regional Co-ordinator, said there were five local scripts and one script from Dubbo selected for a gala night in the city in October.

"There were an amazing array and so many different ideas," Ms Mitchell said.

"The talent of local writers is unbelievable."

She said the scriptwriters ranged in age from 13 to 67, and most were older than she had expected.

"They are aged mainly between 30 and 50 years.

"The older community have been coming out and doing a lot of writing."

Ms Mitchell said directors and actors were now being sought to perform the scripts.

The plays they have written will be voted on by the audience and there will be awards for best acting, best directing and best overall performance.

The play that wins best overall performance will go to Sydney for the Short and Sweet festival.

"It will be a larger stage and a larger audience. It will also provide national exposure," Ms Mitchell said.

One of the writers, Deb Hunt, said she had no experience in theatre before this program began.

"I have a background in journalism and short story writing, so I thought I would try my hand at scriptwriting," Ms Hunt said.

"I took the workshop and it was so useful. I found what I was writing on the page doesn't always work on stage.

"I wrote a deeply serious play and it turned out to be a comedy.

I was able to go back, revise it and turn it into a comedy."

Ms Hunt said her plays were "little slices of life".

"Short and Sweet has been the most incredible opportunity," she said.

"I couldn't believe there was a workshop like this running."

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