Four groups of young performers put together ‘one act in one week’.

Four groups of young performers put together ‘one act in one week’.

The winners of the 2018 edition of Stagecoach Theatre Arts School’s popular Short Play Festival, which took place on Friday 7 September in the Drama Unit Studio Theatre.

Coordinated by Maxine Aquilina and led by resident director Lydia Davidson (of UK-based theatre company Fearless Players), the festival presented four one act plays, each directed or performed by young people aged 13 to 17 – and put together in just five days of fulltime rehearsals.

This year’s plays were: Ways to Screw Up an Interview, Action News, Fourteen, and Drugs Are Bad. They were judged by a panel of industry professionals, namely comedian and playwright Chris Dingli, actress and presenter Jo Caruana, and actor Joseph Zammit.

The winners were:

Most Promising Male Actor – Kyle Galea

Most Promising Female Actor – Martina Galea Loffreda

Best Male Actor – Alexander Borg

Best Female Actor – Julia Schembri

Best Director – Mark Ciantar

Best Production – ‘Ways to Screw up an Interview’ adapted by the play ’13 Ways to Screw up an Interview’ by Ian Mcwethy. Directed by Mark Ciantar, with: Hannah Attard, Martina Galea Loffreda, Catti Nicholas, Alexander Borg.

People’s Choice Award – ‘Drugs are Bad’ by Jonathan Rand. Directed by Gabriel Camilleri with: Maria Bonaci, Adriel Camilleri, Morgan Zammit, Kyle Galea.

Speaking at the end of the festival, Ms Davidson said: “It was so wonderful to watch these students blossom into their roles over the course of this week-long festival, whether they were directing, acting, helping with the set, or getting involved in the technical side of things. I was so impressed by the results. They put on four fantastic shows for everyone in the audience this evening!”

For more information about Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools and its activities throughout the year, please visit www.stagecoach.com.mt

Monique Chambers

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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