Seven unique stories for South West Shorts 2019

Carolyn Forte and Donyale MacKrill rehearse Donyale's play 'The Change' as part of South West Shorts 2019.
Carolyn Forte and Donyale MacKrill rehearse Donyale's play 'The Change' as part of South West Shorts 2019.

Theatre artists from Busselton, Margaret River, Dunsborough, Bunbury and Perth have got together to create a collection of seven unique performances, written and performed especially for South-West Shorts 2019.

The six plays and one performance poetry piece were written to the theme of Changing Landscapes and are all about life in WA's South-West. Local and Perth theatre groups each selected one of the plays to bring to the one-off performance on Saturday 13 July at the Margaret River HEART black box studio.

"It's rare to have the chance to work with such a range of talent," said producer Therese Edmonds.

"We have over 30 artists from 10 different organisations involved who are all bringing their unique skills and perspective to tell some cracking good stories in a collaborative process that links artists who would normally not have the chance to work together.

"We don't often hear stories from our own communities. The writers have captured essential qualities of life in this region and delivered them in the most entertaining ways. It's gratifying to be entertained by excellent writing that also speaks about aspects of this region and the details and familiarity of our own lives."

South-West Shorts 2019 has added another dimension to this year's performance event by utilising Margaret River's new HEART black box studio space to show aspects of the development process normally held behind closed doors.

"This year we've taken the event further by staging it at HEART and given the directors an opportunity to create something new," Ms Edmonds said.

"Most of the plays will be performed as a full production but we also have one or two that the directors are experimenting with to discover how a rehearsed reading can create an experience a little different to traditional theatre.

teve Ozanne and Sage Lockyer rehearse 'At The Lighthouse' in Perth.

teve Ozanne and Sage Lockyer rehearse 'At The Lighthouse' in Perth.

"Not only does this give the audience an insight into how a play is developed from the script on paper to a full production, it also gives the experience of something quite new.

"They get to be part of the script development process by providing a response to the work, so they're making a valuable contribution, and they also get to see an aspect of theatre they may never have experienced before.

"They're sharing in the writer's journey and seeing some of the ways scripts are explored on their way to the stage. Exciting elements of the story are often discovered during this process."

Donna Chatfield rehearses David Rawet's 'The Wait' in Dunsborough

Donna Chatfield rehearses David Rawet's 'The Wait' in Dunsborough

Now in its third year, the audience can also contribute to the development of these local plays by giving their feedback through conversation with the writers and directors and voting in the People's Choice award to be given on the night.

This performance is the third of four parts to the South-West Shorts 2019 event.

The six finalists of the script competition were chosen from this region and from Perth.

Next was a full-day workshop to discuss their scripts with the other writers and the director, followed by rehearsals for this production.

Each of the finalists will have their work published in the South-West Short 2019 anthology later this year.

The event is produced by Western Edge Performance Writers in Perth with the support of South-West Edge Performance Writers in Margaret River and Ocean Edge Performance Writers in Busselton.

Tickets are $20 and are available via www.artsmargaretiver.com

The event starts at 7.30pm, the bar opens at 7pm.

Copies of the South-West Shorts anthologies will be on sale at the performance.