ON STAGE: Bette Guy with Kylie Fuad in a recent Lismore Theatre Company production.
ON STAGE: Bette Guy with Kylie Fuad in a recent Lismore Theatre Company production.

Play takes intimate look at relationships

NOT all 70-year-olds react the same way to their past, present and future - that's the story Lismore writer Bette Guy is hoping to get across with her latest play The Last Party.

Bette, an award-winning writer, is one of two Lismore Theatre Company members to have works selected for Hot Shorts, The Drill Hall Theatre Company Mullumbimby's biennial short play competition.

Lisa Walmsley's Tertiary has also been selected as a finalist in the competition which opens in Mullumbimby on Friday, November 1.

Writers were invited to submit original plays, not previously performed, that were no longer than 10 minutes long and had simple staging requirements with eight selected for the

final.

Bette, is in her 70s, said she was thrilled about having her play chosen and has not only written it but is also directing the Mullumbimby performance.

"It is great to have two outstanding actors, Linda Rutledge and John Rado, to bring my story to life,' said she said.

The Last Party is a powerful short play that reveals how a couple of older ex-lovers cope differently with the mistakes they have made in the past. As one character says "Life is full of if only's".

"It came out of something I heard - a woman saying to a man "I would do anything for you, Bette said.

She said she wanted to explore how different people react to a situation "you can't put people in a box" and "and not every story has a Hollywood ending".

Lisa Walmsley said her selection was a surprise.

"I was quite startled (in a good way) when Tertiary was selected to be in this year's Hot Shorts. Then I was excited, proud and very grateful that the judges had liked it'," she said.

Tertiary is a absurdist political satire set in a local fictional university.

Four cash prizes totalling $1500 will be awarded at the festival with a $100 prize to each play selected for performance that has been written by a high school student.

In addition to the award for the best script as selected by the Byron Writers Centre, there are three prizes ($500, $300 and $200) based on the nightly audience votes.

Hot Shorts runs for six performances over the first two weekends in November.

To book, go to drillhalltheatre.org.au.


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