Playwrights challenged to create new work during Vancouver Island University’s competition

Vancouver Island University is challenging playwrights to create a 15-minute show for its inaugural playwriting competition.

Teams of five playwrights only have 24 hours to create a 15-minute show together for Vancouver Island University’s inaugural playwriting competition held Nov. 18-20.

Each team will receive an inspiration box at the beginning of the competition with one sound effect, a quote, costume or prop they must include in the show and perform on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

Then the group has one hour to organize technical aspects of the play including lighting and sound cues.

The playwrights are allowed to bring in actors to perform the piece for the competition.

“We’re looking for absolutely anyone with a desire to try something completely different and fun for a weekend,” said Leon Potter, chairman of VIU’s theatre department. “We’re hoping for a range of different groups to participate – VIU students and staff, high school students, arts groups, or anyone else in the community who’s interested. Get your team of five people together and come introduce yourselves to the magic of last-minute panic.”

There is no sign up fee to enter the competition. The deadline to enter is Friday (Nov. 4).

The limit is eight teams for the competition.

Teams can register by e-mailing Potter at Leon.Potter@viu.ca.

Final performances will be judged by a panel of people from the arts community and prizes will be awarded.

“Aside from a weekend of your time and a few shreds of dignity, you will find yourselves paid back in some of the greatest memories you could create,” said Potter.

For more information about the playwriting competition, please go to www.viu.ca.

Just Posted

RDN transit committee recommends keeping bus loop at Port Drive until summer

Regional District of Nanaimo board to debate recommendation Oct. 22

Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidates ‘disappointed’ with prime minister over blackface

Situation a ‘nightmare’ for Trudeau and the Liberals, says VIU professor

Opposition to 388 Machleary proposal over-extends public hearing

Nanaimo residents 10-1 against development plan in Old City Quarter, public hearing to be continued

Nanaimo beekeepers take down nest of giant hornets

One nest eradicated at Robins Park, but there are still Asian giant hornets around

Nanaimo athletes earn gold, silver, bronze at 55-Plus B.C. Games

Huge contingent of local participants competed in largest-ever 55-Plus B.C. Games in Kelowna

VIDEO: B.C.’s famous cat Grandpa Mason has died

The story of the feral cat that started fostering kittens touched people around the world

Trudeau seeks meeting with Singh to apologize for blackface, brownface photos

‘I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,’ Trudeau said Friday

Charges stayed against Alberta RCMP officer in alleged off-duty Whistler assault

Const. Vernon Hagen instead completed an alternative measures program

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, crews on scene

Second bat found at Greater Victoria elementary school tests positive for rabies

Island Health confirms second rabies case, this time in Saanich

B.C. man guilty of first-degree murder in Yukon killing

Edward James Penner, 22, was given the mandatory life sentence for the 2017 slaying of 25-year-old Adam Cormack

Woman stabbed at least five times in Nelson during random attack

Victim is in hospital, suspect is in police custody

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

Most Read