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sage to stage : senior playwrighting competition reaches its crescendo

Photo above : A sage and playwright herself Carol Dance

Eight short plays – selected from the 164 entries to the inaugural Sage Age Short Play Competition  – are set for performance in Sydney on Sunday afternoon 24 March.
And leading the all-star cast is award winning actor Sandy Gore.

The competition, open exclusively to seniors, was the brainchild of Scene Theatre Sydney’s artistic director, Carol Dance.

“This is probably the first time there has ever been a competition exclusively for people 60 and over. We mounted this project to encourage older people to write plays and become involved in live theatre. And write they did! We were thrilled to receive 164 great entries from all over the country, clearly demonstrating the creativity, energy and enthusiasm of older people.” said Carol

Two of Australia’s best-known playwrights, Justin Fleming and Stephen Sewell, assessed the entries and made the difficult decision to select the eight winners.

The eight winning playwrights, pictured below left to right, are Connery Brown, (Mortdale, NSW), Paul Clarke (Brisbane), Paul Bucci (Geelong), Kerri Gay (Tasmania), Katrina Samaras (Wollongong),
Steve North  (Grafton), Donna Spillane (Seddon, Vic) and Sally Bartley (Copacabana, NSW).



The performers pictured below left to right, Gennie Nevinson, David Lynch,Alice Livingstone, Sandy Gore, victor Spiegel, Ryan Whitworth-Jones



Ryan Whitworth-Jones, the holder of a Masters in Fine Arts in directing from NIDA, is the director for all the plays. As a bonus Victor Spiegel will  perform some o his latest compositions.


Event details:


SAGE TO STAGE : Sunday, March 24 at 3pm in Philharmonia Hall, Wharf 4/5, 15 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.



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