Tony Kishawi’s new 10X10 Short Play Festival has already attracted entries. Mr Kishawi has put the call out to the rest of Queensland to submit a 10-minute play.
Tony Kishawi’s new 10X10 Short Play Festival has already attracted entries. Mr Kishawi has put the call out to the rest of Queensland to submit a 10-minute play. Renee Pilcher

Calling all playwrights

PLAYS have already started flowing in for Tony Kishawi's inaugural 10x10 Short Play Festival.

The festival will showcase 10, 10-minute or one act plays at the Gympie Civic Centre on April 21 and submissions are being sought from playwrights all over Queensland.

Mr Kishawi, who has been creating theatre productions, touring, performing and teaching for more than 35 years, said the idea for a short play festival was not new.

"There's quite a few around. I thought it would be a good idea as there's lots of groups and drama students in Gympie with nowhere to perform or showcase their work and I'm trying to create a culture of performing arts," he said.

Anyone could submit an original play with actors and directors being sought from the Gympie area.

And if it all went well, which Mr Kishawi was sure of, then another short play festival would be held in September this year.

He said there were no criteria to write a play and they would be reviewed by a selection committee that would choose the final 10 to be performed.

The festival was Mr Kishawi's first major production project in his adopted hometown of Gympie and he was looking forward to seeing the town embrace the creative and inclusive venture.

"There is a vast wealth of creative talent in and around Gympie and I'm really excited about providing this platform for building an audience to appreciate what we have in our midst. This is a great opportunity for everyone who has ideas to bring to the stage and for everyone who enjoys original, live theatre and who wants to help create a culture of culture in Gympie."

"It doesn't really matter if it goes for six minutes or 13 minutes as long as it is interesting."

Mr Kishawi intended the festival to be a twice yearly event, which would put Gympie in the spotlight and hopefully raise Gympie's profile as a destination of interest for new residents, industry and culture.

Writers, whether experienced or inexperienced and writing for the very first time, were encouraged to submit their work online at 10x10plays.com.au or post it to P.O. Box 923, Gympie 4570.

Gympie Times


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