January 5th to 14th.

    A new year special!

A call out to Northern Rivers writers from The Drill Hall Theatre Company

Calling all playwrights!

Fancy writing a 10-minute play for HOT SHORTS 2024? We’re here to help established or would-be writers do just that.

HOT SHORTS is the Drill Hall Theatre Company’s most exciting opportunity to flex your theatre writing skills and win cash prizes – with support from Drill Hall’s own practitioners.

We’re calling for entries now and we want them by the end of the year. Don’t worry if you don’t have a completed work – we’ll accept a play outline and intended themes.

And to help get those juices flowing we’ll hold a one day play-writing workshop at the Drill Hall this October. Once again it will be hosted by Russell Eldridge, an experienced theatre practitioner, writer and editor.

But that’s only the start. Throughout early 2024, Russell and Mike Russo, one of the region’s most accomplished theatre practitioners, will further develop your plays through a series of workshops, readings and feedback. The plays selected for performance will be staged over two weekends in November 2024.

Those who attended the 2022 workshop series all agreed their plays were vastly improved by the process.

This year, we’ve added a little twist to stimulate your thinking: How about taking one of Shakespeare’s themes and rework it into your short play? In 10 minutes of course. You can mess with the genders or subvert the patriarchy. Here are some ideas:

Wrestling with temptation, your conscience, and the consequences (Macbeth, Hamlet)

Romantic tangles, farce and absurd identity mix-ups (Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors)

When power corrupts (King Lear, Julius Caesar, Macbeth)

Magic (Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest)

To find out more email us at [email protected]. If you are ready to sign up click on the link below to download your entry form.


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