Macarthur Playwrighting Festival entries close on Friday, September 14

ON STAGE: Amateur playwrights Douglas Baker, Amie Gilholme, Miroslav Nedeljkovic, Alyssa Gillgren, Fredy Ercilla, and David Owens had their productions performed at last year's Macarthur Playwrighting Festival. Picture: Simon Bennett
ON STAGE: Amateur playwrights Douglas Baker, Amie Gilholme, Miroslav Nedeljkovic, Alyssa Gillgren, Fredy Ercilla, and David Owens had their productions performed at last year's Macarthur Playwrighting Festival. Picture: Simon Bennett

The clock is ticking for talented writers to have their works turned into a stage production at the Macarthur Playwrighting Festival.

Amateur playwrights have until Friday to submit their script and go into the running to have their short play featured on stage.

Wingz Productions director David Owens is the project’s driving force and will hand-pick six plays for the annual festival on November 24 at Campbelltown Town Hall Theatre.

Owens said the event always attracted interest from within Macarthur and further abroad – including overseas.

“This is the 11th time we’ve run the festival and it’s grown quite a lot in that time,” he said.

“Each year we’ve had entrants from Western Australia, Melbourne, the United States and England.

“It’s mainly Australian-based and about 90 per cent of entries are local, but it’s open to anyone.”

This year’s festival theme is “Time After Time” and Owen said it was named in honour of the classic Cyndi Lauper song.

“I was just listening to Time After Time and randomly decided to pick it as our theme,” he said.

“We’ve had themes like Star Wars and Dr Who in the past so I try select a different theme each year.”

Submissions must be within an eight to 11 minute bracket and contain a maximum of four characters on stage.

Owens encouraged anyone interested to send through their script.

“I will read through the scripts and select the ones that are most interesting and meet our criteria,” he said.

“We always have quite diverse productions featured on stage.”

Amateur playwrights can submit their scripts to David Owens via mpf@wingzproductions.com.au.

Details: Wingz Production Facebook page or 4627 1550.