Carnival Plays

7:30pm, Thu, 27 Sep 2018

  • Event Details
  • Production: Carnival Plays - Playwriting Competition Performances
    Type of event: Public Performance
    Duration: 3hr
    Carnival Plays - Playwriting Competition Performances

    The first and second positions will be announced on the final presentation night.
    Prizes: The author of the best play will receive a cash prize of $4000,
    and the second best play will receive $2000,
    thanks to the sponsorship by Excavation Equipment Pty Ltd. 
    The top two plays will be performed each night are (in no particular order):
    Inconceivable – a drama by Queensland playwright Hugh O’Brien
    Investigative Journalist for the online newspaper QNEWS, Kate Whish, discovers that the birth rate in a low socio-economic community in south-east Queensland has mysteriously plummeted over the last three years. Teenage pregnancies at the local high school have gone from 14 to zero while there have been precious few planned pregnancies.  At first the cause is thought to be a fungicide used by nearby grape growers. But as Kate overcomes the scepticism of her editor and digs deeper, she uncovers a far more sinister reason for the low birth rate.
    Fireflies – a drama/comedy by Queensland playwright Bruce Clark

    John “Johnno” McCormick lives alone on his family property “Silver Springs” on the Darling Downs in Queensland.  He has been a career farmer, and while the farm is now in decline, he keeps making an effort for his own sake.  His wife has passed away some years previously.  He has had to shoot the last property dog.  His only child, a son, has been away studying at university since just before his mother’s death and keeps the place at arm’s length due to dealing with that tragedy.  The GasUp Power Company has been anxious to sign up locals for coal seam gas rights.  Johnno is philosophically opposed, but sees a possibility to keep his land, and has signed up.  When his son James, now a newly graduated lawyer, returns to visit with his girlfriend Ingrid, he is appalled that his father has done this, but can’t put up too much of a protest, as he has only returned to say goodbye, needing to announce plans for his and Ingrid’s future, plans that don’t include the farm