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Pack of plays full of variety

Shepparton Theatre Arts Group's 10 in Ten event on this weekend.

JOHN LEWIS March 19, 2014 4:04am

Cindy Abbey has written a play loosely based on her family life for Shepparton Theatre Arts Group's season of 10 in Ten plays that will be performed this weekend.


Advertising gone mad, lost and regained innocence, imaginary passion, desperate ghosts, intelligent answering machines and challenging life choices are some of the themes tackled in this weekend’s season of 10 in Ten plays.

In its seventh year, the Shepparton Theatre Arts Group production involves 10 10-minute plays written, performed and directed by enthusiastic amateur thespians.

This year’s selection has been chosen from 29 submissions.

STAG director Fiona Kennan said 10 in Ten had proved a popular drawcard for audiences and for aspiring actors, directors and playwrights.

‘‘They are a lot of fun and a great chance to nurture new talent. It’s also perfect for anyone who wants to have a go at theatre without the commitment of a big show,’’ Ms Kennan said.

For Shepparton music teacher Cindy Abbey, this will be the third year one of her plays has been performed.

‘‘I think it’s brilliant. It’s given me the confidence to have a go at playwriting without being daunted by long scripts and big casts,’’ she said.

Her three plays Secrets and White Lies, Ancestry.Com and this year’s She Could Do Better form a trilogy about family life loosely based on her own experiences.

 

‘‘I wrote the first one about three sisters unpacking their deceased parents’ house. I was unpacking my parents’ house at the time,’’ Ms Abbey said.

This year’s play returns to focus on one of the sisters and her aspirations for marriage and work.

‘‘It’s really about parental expectations — and learning to let their kids find their own way,’’ she said.

She said the theatrical experience had been an inspirational one.

‘‘It’s been a real catalyst for me. I’d never written anything before, apart from letters and a few articles,’’ she said.

She thanked STAG members and, in particular, 10 in Ten co-ordinator Amy Hollows for their support.

 

This year’s 10 in Ten season opens at Wesley Hall, Maude St, Shepparton on Friday from 7.30pm. Two more performances take place on Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm, followed by a 2pm show on Sunday at Dookie Memorial Hall. Tickets are $12.50 from Riverlinks on 58329511 or at the door at Dookie.

 

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