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AMI Ellerslie One Act Play Festival 2011

Press Release – 01 August 2011

Venue - Stables Theatre, Cnr Main Highway & Arthur St, Ellerslie

Ellerslie Theatrical Society presents the

AMI Ellerslie One Act Play Festival 2011

25 August to 3 September 2011

Comedy . Tragedy . Suspense . Romance

You might find all of these genres in the third biennial AMI Ellerslie One Act Play Festival presented by Ellerslie Theatrical Society running from the 25th of August through to the 3rd of September at the Stables Theatre. This festival has become a highly coveted venue for playwrights to submit original works and as a mentoring event for new directors.

This year six plays, including five locally written premières, have been selected from a number of submissions with three plays being performed at each show. One-acts plays contain various themes, each accomplishing its own level of relevance with efficient use of dialogue and technical elements. Actors, directors and playwrights have been busy crafting these brilliant plays with an independent spirit into works of art that invoke laughter, compassion and inspiration. The result is a journey of emotions, making for a tremendously entertaining festival.

Book two shows to see all six plays.


Group A

Seat of Power . Straight . Bonking James Bond

Thur 25, Sat 27, Wed 31, Fri 2 Sept, 8pm

Matinee . Sat 3 Sept, 2pm

Group B

Roleplay . The Spare Room . Roman Fever

Fri 26, Tue 30, Thur 1 Sept, Sat 3, 8pm

Matinee . Sun 28 Aug, 2pm

Group A premières three locally written plays. It opens with ‘Seat of Power’, written by Sally Sutton and directed by Beate Wiebel, spotlighting Helen and Vince as they celebrate 40 years of marriage. This is followed by ‘Straight’, written and directed by Bruce Brown, about an intensive late night rendezvous. The show closes with ‘Bonking James Bond’. This play, written by April Phillips, won the 2010 Playwrights Assn. of N.Z. one act play competition. “It’s funny, it’s witty” say director Kevin Murray.

‘Roleplay’, written and directed by David Blakey, is the opening play for Group B. This comedy starts with a rehearsal of TV Soap Albert Street Law. ‘The Spare Room’ follows, written and directed by Maggie Maxwell, with the revelations about a flatmate given a room by a recently widowed woman. The show concludes with ‘Roman Fever’ written by Hugh Leonard from a short story by Edith Wharton and directed by Jocelyn McQuaid. Bitter jealousies are revealed as two wealthy widows sit in the warm glow of an Italian afternoon in 1930.


Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 August 2011 at 8pm

Sunday 28 August at 2pm

Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September 8pm

Saturday 3 September at 2pm and 8pm


iTICKET – or phone 09 361 1000 (booking fee/delivery fee will apply)


Evening $20, $18 (discounted) Group A or B

Matinee $15, $12 (discounted) Group A or B

Group A and B $30


Stables Theatre, Cnr Main Highway & Arthur St, Ellerslie, Auckland

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