MEDIA RELEASE - March 2012
Theatre industry event Crash Test Drama Melbourne (CTDM) finishes off four rounds of short scripts, fast acting and quick-witted directing with a much anticipated carnival themed final.
On Sunday 25 March St Kilda’s MeMo Hall will host the tournament where five short plays will go head to head for a chance to perform in Short + Sweet 2012! Melbourne’s theatre lovers can expect a special Carnivale Finale themed evening featuring live music and entertainment.
Crash Test Drama Melbourne (CTDM) is a unique event that ‘crash tests’ new 10-minute theatre scripts as moved readings, in front of a live audience and a panel of industry judges. In each round, actors are cast at the event, and given one hour to rehearse before taking the stage. The finals on 25 March will see actors from the winning plays in each of the four rounds, plus a people’s choice winning play, all take the stage to compete for grand prize.
Acclaimed actress (City Homicide), writer and director Nadine Garner and CTDM judge (Round 4) sees the event as a wonderful forum for practitioners to participate in their craft and build their community.
“I found observing the writers and performers a most inspiring and uplifting experience, and I believe it will be a growing hot bed for Australian talent,” says Nadine.
AFI Award winning writer Glen Dolman (Hawke), and CTDM judge (Round 3) says that the event gives writers the chance to see their words come alive.
"I was thrilled to witness the breadth of emerging talent in Melbourne. There’s no better education for a writer than having your work performed, and CTDM provides this in such a dynamic, critical and supportive environment,” says Glen.
Melbourne actors and producers Emma Walmsley, Rain Fuller, Wallis Murphy-Munn and Pennie Brown launched Crash Test Drama Melbourne (CTDM) at St Kilda’s arts hub the Dogs Bar in October 2011. The event has been so successful that performances have been moved to the grand MeMo Hall, while Dogs Bar remains the hub for casting and networking.
Melbourne’s theatre lovers are encouraged to attend the CTDM Carnivale Finale, at the resplendent MeMo Hall:
When: 6:00PM, Sunday 25 March
Where: MeMo Hall, 88 Acland Street St Kilda
What: Five of the best 10 minute plays from the last four rounds of Crash Test Drama Melbourne will be performed, with some great prizes for participants and audience members.
Live music and entertainment will add some extra fun…giving all Crash Testers the opportunity to see out CTDM Season 1 in style!
Dress: Carnival themed, wear a hat!
How much: $10 at the door, cost contributes to prizes for the best plays, as chosen by the audience.
For more information and to get involved…
WHAT IS CRASH TEST DRAMA?
Pioneered by Harry Paternoster and Bearing Your Arts, Crash Test Drama began in Melbourne in 2005 as a theatre networking event and an opportunity for writers to develop their scripts for Short + Sweet, the world’s largest 10-minute play festival. Crash Test Drama has since grown, with Crash Test Drama Sydney launching in 2008, now a very successful event packing out Newton Theatre at monthly events.
For more information, images and interviews please contact:
Rain Fuller PH: 0432 070 301 E: firstname.lastname@example.org