Roaming Short Play Festival Tours Inner West

Friday, 3 June, 2016

 For three months, a group of talented young people from across the Inner West have been mentored by industry professionals to write, direct and perform their own short plays. 

 With admission free to a tour of shows starting next week, audiences across the Inner West are invited throughout June to come and see the adventurous works that have been developed.

The short plays cover a colourful range of dramatic material – with stories built on narrative staples that variously include a dragon slayer, a car chase, a kiss, a political stance and a death-bed letter.

Backed by Inner West Council together with Burwood Council and City of Canada Bay, the aim of the program is to develop skills in writing, directing, performance, design and technical theatre, nurturing a new wave of young playwrights, first time directors and actors.

NIDA graduate and dramaturg Melissa Lee Speyer and Ashfield Youth Theatre Artistic Director Felicity Nicol have been working closely with festival participants.

Nicol said she encourages everyone to come along and see the talent and range of topics explored.

“This festival is a brilliant chance for the young people of the Inner West to strut their stuff on the stage,” she said.

“The festival is empowering young people to express themselves within a safe and encouraging environment, inspiring confidence and providing a platform for the interests, concerns and talents of young people to be seen and heard.”

The short plays are touring the Inner West from Thursday 9 June 2016 to Sunday 19 June 2016. 

Performance dates:

  • Thursday 9 June – Burwood Library and Community Hub, 7pm
  • Saturday 11 June – Ashfield Town Hall, 7pm
  • Wednesday 15 June – Concord Senior Citizens Centre, 7pm
  • Friday 17 June – Petersham Town Hall, 7pm
  • Sunday 19 June – Balmain Town Hall, 3pm. 

Cost: Free 

 Further information, play synopses and tickets at

Please note, some productions contain mature themes.

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