Spring Shorts are in fashion on Sth Coast

Footprint Theatre is bringing another exciting season of short plays to Merimbula and Bega in September.

Director Lis Shelley said this will be a truly regional production, with three of the six plays written right here in the Bega Valley and actors from Delegate, Tanja, Eden and all points between.

“We have a number of new young actors joining our ensemble who have either attended StageFlight Drama School or studied drama at local high schools,” Shelley said.

“A number of directors and actors attended our summer directing workshop last January. It's wonderful to see all the skills they have learned put into practice.”

Home Sweet Home – a touching monologue by writer and poet Diana Harley from Lochiel – tells the tale of Ronnie, a homeless man who lives in his car.

In Walking the Dog – a comedy by Penelope Hunt from Merimbula – Jill decides to investigate why their dog Barney is getting fatter, in spite of husband Darryl taking him for a long walk each evening.

Security Blanket is by Anna Auer from Lochiel. Nick just wants to go out with Sophie, but she is worried her brother Mike will never step out of the house again, until the pizza guy arrives. This play was staged at ActingUp! in Canberra earlier this year by Eden Marine High School students and some of the original cast return in this production.

Waiting for Go by New Zealand resident playwright Elspeth Tilley portrays roadworkers Flo and Sam reflecting on the impatient speed of our modern life on its fast track to the destruction of our planet. Elspeth has elected to donate her royalties from the play to support Clean Energy for Eternity in the Bega Valley.

Two plays by award-winning Sydney playwright Adam Szudrich are being directed by Lis Shelley.

Slow Dating was Footprint's entry in the Canberra Short+Sweet Play Festival last year and features Penelope Hunt, who received runner-up best actor for her portrayal of Esther, a self-described happily married woman in her 70s who drops in to a speed dating event. This poignant story also has laugh-out-loud moments and this production has an updated script that will resonate with the current political climate.

In Szudrich's comedy, One Night Stan, three women of different generations all dating the same man give an independent assessment of their date with Stan.

Spring Shorts opens at the Merimbula Wharf Restaurant on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16. Doors open at 6pm for drinks and dinner before the show starts at 7.30pm. Special dinner packages can be pre-ordered online.

The show then moves to Bega's Funhouse Studio for two evening performances at 7.30pm on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, with a matinee at 2pm on Sunday, September 24. Refreshments will be available at interval.

Bookings are recommended online at www.footprint.org.au or by calling 6495 7160.