SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL: 24th – 25th MARCH 2018Click here to book

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! BOOK HERE *Patrons please note, there is a 30c trybooking ticket fee

Ark Theatre is proud to announce an exciting new festival that brings together writers from all over Australia with Victorian theatre groups & ensembles to perform plays of 10 minutes’ duration. All submissions are accepted for judging regardless of the writer’s experience or age and will be assessed anonymously by a selection panel.

31 ten minute plays have been chosen by theatre groups from ARKfest shortlisted writers, to be performed over the weekend in several heats. Two plays from every heat will move through to the Finals with presentations and awards for Best Play, People's Choice, Best Director, Actor and Actress. Prize money will also be awarded to theatre groups.

Play schedules will be on our website and Facebook pages early March.



SATURDAY SESSION: Heat 1: 10.30am-12 noon | BBQ LUNCH | Heat 2: 1:00pm - 2.30pm | Heat 3: 4.30pm - 6.30pm
SUNDAY SESSON: Heat 4: 10am-11.30am | BBQ LUNCH| Heat 5: 12.30pm - 2.00pm
FINALS GALA: 4pm - 7.30pm

BEST VALUE Our Weekender ticket includes 3 entries into our major raffle prize and a glass of bubbly at the finals. (It is also a wonderful way to support the success of ARKfest) These will go FAST with limited tickets available!

Doors will be open during the five minute break between plays. Entry into the theatre is not permitted once the play is performing. Patrons can enjoy a coffee, tea or wine in our cafe.

Overnight accommodation for 2 in the Mountain View Room at Healesville RACV Country Club including a buffet breakfast and use of all sports facilities, pool and spa. Valued at $380. Tickets will be on sale throughout the festival and raffle drawn during the Finals interval on Sunday.

ARKfest Adjudicators: Terese Maurici, Jennifer Paragreen, Cheryl Threadgold OAM, Stephen Barber

ARKfest writers: Robert Armstrong, Cerise de Gelder, Martin Lindsay, Trevor Godenzi, Susan Ashby, Alan Ashby, Julie Cunningham, Tamara Dahmen, Alison Hayes, Chris Hodson, John Jennings, Maggie Veness, Stacey Gietman, Carmen Saarelaht, John Tilbrook, Jan Weldon-Veitch, Louise Woodward, Deborah Sheldon, Peter Nethercote, Wendy J Dunn, Katie Lee, Kerry Fair, Helen Scott & Felicity James, Julie Johnston, Daan Spijer

ARKfest Theatre Groups/Ensembles: 1812, Gemco Senior Youth, The Other Theatre Company, Youth ARK, One-off Productions, DeCoy, Deerstalkers, The Misfits, How Dramatic, Trenoweth Ensemble, Here There & Everywhere, Euroa Little Theatre, Northern Theatre Company, ARK Theatre, Nomad Productions, Silk Purse Productions, Take Two, Hartwell Players

ARKfest Production Crew: Jimmy Dunne, Paula Armstrong, Rosey Cullinan, Ann O'Connor, Jan Bird, Alison Jones, Peter Jones, Thelma Halse, Jan Langford, Callum Robertson, Chris Keuken, Merrell Harris, Evelyn Devitt, Christine Sellar & many other ARK volunteers

Major sponsor Healesville RACV Country Club
Generous sponsors Bendigo Bank |
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