The Toowoomba Region’s fifth annual One Act Play writing competition
had its exciting conclusion during the Carnival of Flowers.
Playwrights from all over Australia submitted unpublished play scripts for the competition.
A total of 47 entries were received. The submitted scripts were read by a judging panel and the shortlist selected.
The shortlisted plays were then evaluated by three industry professionals and the best two chosen.
All of the shortlisted plays have received written feedback from the professional judges.
The prize winning plays are :
FIRST PLACE - A Million Civilians
– a black comedy by New South Wales playwright Mark Macrossan
Dom is an architect seeking riches and success in a city of cranes and five star hotels –
a place that is at once a 21st century construct, a living symbol of obsession with material wealth,
and a manifestation of something firmly implanted in the contemporary western psyche.
Dom’s ticket is Alan, an expat who is offering to help, but at a price. Natalie, who is married to Dom,
has put her career back home on hold … for her husband, for their marriage, and for something else.
Meanwhile, as the relationship between the three gradually reveals itself and then unfolds and unravels
against this backdrop of latter-day extravagance, a million people are taking flight in another part of the world,
running for their lives
SECOND PLACE - In High Places
– a social comedy by Queensland playwright Bruce Clark
On the day that the PM of Australia is about to hold a press conference to announce
the transferring of all remaining refugees from Dugong Creek Correction Centre to mainland China,
an office cleaner whose husband is still held in Dugong Creek confronts the PM demanding his release.
Prizes: The author of the best play received a cash prize of $4000,
and the second best play received $2000,
thanks to the continued sponsorship by Excavation Equipment Pty Ltd.