One-act plays attract national interest

Yvette Wall

Award-winning Perth playwright Yvette Wall has been announced as a finalist in the 2019 Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition, paving the way for her first interstate production.

The grandmother-of-three – who’s had 13 of her original one-act plays produced in community theatre in Western Australia since 2014 – is one of three writers shortlisted to take out the competition for her new piece, Little Angels.

The play – set in 1966 in a hostel for unmarried pregnant girls run by Catholic nuns – will also be staged in Noosa from July 11 to July 20 with the last week of performances forming part of the Noosa Alive Festival.

“Little Angels has four strong female roles and is the darkest piece I’ve ever written with strong themes of loss, suppression and rebellion,” Ms Wall said.

This latest nomination follows her play The Broken Slipper which won the Beryl Silvester Award for Best New Writing at Dramafest 2014, Cracked which picked up the Best Original Script prize at the 2015 Hills Festival of Theatre and Looking at the Alps which won Best Production at Norfolk Island Theatre Festival in 2016.

A former youth worker who has a Bachelor of Social Science, Ms Wall also works with primary schools, sharing her love of theatre and story, which she believes has the power to heal and inspire all ages.