The oneACTS festival at the cornerHOUSE was launched twelve years ago to provide an event for anyone interested in new playwriting.
Since then it has gone from strength to strength, with the quality and quantity of entries increasing annually.
The oneACTS is not just about great writing, it is about encouraging everyone to get involved in all aspects of theatre. Anyone can enter a play, volunteer to direct or produce, audition to act or become part of the backstage or front of house crew.
The festival provides an opportunity for new directors to try their hand at a short play in a supportive environment. It also offers numerous acting opportunities, without the heavy commitment of full-length plays, as well as involving volunteers in helping to organise the festival whether it be building the sets, working on the sound and lighting, stage managing, assisting with wardrobe and props… the list goes on!
Autumn Leaves by Michael Sands
Directed by Dina Yates – Two friends meet for the first time in years but as they discuss the past, one has something to say that will change their lives forever.
Bomb Proof by Ian Hey
Directed by Paul Hughes – A dodgy firm has come under threat from a rival. The windows are bullet proof, the main door is bomb proof, but is the building idiot proof?
Invisibility by Elaine Blackmore
Directed by Rodney Pearson – Sarah reflects on life as she is waiting for her first session of chemotherapy in this touching and funny drama.
Baring All by Susannah Finzi
Directed by Claire Morrissey – In the soothing atmosphere of a beauty spa, anonymous beneath the face mask and the comfort of a soft towelling wrap, it’s easy to confide in a stranger when your marriage has hit the buffers.
April 24, 26 and 28
Underhill by David Kenzie
Directed by Jim Dunk – When two young people go up a hill, and only one comes down, a father is desperate for answers.
Saying Goodbye by Rebecca Mayhew
Directed by Clea Williams – Three adult siblings try to find the words to say goodbye to their departed mother.
A Scandal in Nova Alba by Orlando Pearson
Directed by James Goldwater – A mix of Bard and Baker Street comes together in this historical whodunnit.
Paws for Thought by David Le Vay
Directed by Graham Large – Dodger has just been awarded a PhD – the only problem is he’s a rabbit. Dodger’s owners have a very mixed reaction to the news of their pet’s academic prowess.
Read more about the plays and playwrights in our 2016 oneACTS on the oneACTS 2016 playwrights page. Some photos from the rehearsals of the plays are here, but for a full set of photos please see our Facebook 2016 oneACTS photo album.
Click the years below for more about previous oneACTS festivals.