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The 33rd Annual One Act Festival

By S A National Community Theatre Assoc (SANCTA)

  • Duration : 2 weeks
  • Grade : Grade -1+
  • First language : English
  • Second language : English
Sancta is to present it’ s 33rd Annual One – Act Play Festival in Secunda Mpumalanga in July/ August 2013.

The requirements are that a play must be between 30-45 minutes with at least 3 speaking parts. There can be choreography, music and singing as long as it isn’t more than 20pc of the production and it MUST form part of the storyline. Other SA languages can be added to English or Afrikaans, for dramatic/ humour purposes , but again no more than 20pc of the production

In order to enter we must receive – preferably typed – a first 10 page draft and a synopsis of the play, so we can decide if we feel that the production “is able to develop to stage”. Once plays are chosen they will be given courses in acting, directing, voice. breating, movement, – static and physical- use of stage. The festival can cater for 15 plays from any areas, but transport and funding becomes a major problem in some cases.

There is no age restriction on performers, but we only take from senior high school level upwards

The plays will also be mentored by highly qualified professionals in two sessions over 6 weeks to assist the directors.

We shall also hold a technical workshop in the theatre before hand and the plays are given a two hour rehearsal the week before in the theatre to polish their technicals and performances.

Th e plays are adjudicated by highly qualified professionals who give verbal feed back nightly to enable the productions to be worked on, to see which 3 will be be chosen to be re – performed for The Gala Award Ceremony Evening on the Saturday when the top three order will be announced. There are 30 trophies to be won in many categories, we hand out nomination and winning certificates, cups, medals and photos are taken and the night is videod. Samro Foundation for the Arts is to be thanked for their sponsorship for this. Written adjudications follow later.

The plays are also adjudicated for The Naledi Awards- only for professionals- which has a category for Community Theatre.

Entrance fee is R300 per play and the participants must be Sancta members, The annual fee is R200.pa.

We also run an annual new SA Playwriting Competition to meet the festival requirements and a poster competition for youth to encourage them into the arts and theatre

Entry forms and other info is on our website www.sancta.org.za

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