A scene from Marjorie Prime, which will have its Queensland premiere at Noosa Alive!
A scene from Marjorie Prime, which will have its Queensland premiere at Noosa Alive! Contributed

Play's premiere a coup for Noosa Alive!

THE thought-provoking production Marjorie Prime will have its Queensland premiere during Noosa Alive!

Towards the end of your life, what would you choose to remember? What would you choose to forget?

If you could rebuild the past and bring a loved one back to some kind of life, would you do it?

In the not-too-distant future a service has been introduced to resurrect loved ones in holographic form and 85-year-old Marjorie has brought back her husband - when he was 30 and they first fell in love.

Intimate in setting yet ambitious in scope, Marjorie Prime, like Spike Jonze's film Her or sci-fi series Black Mirror, delves into a world of artificial intelligence and robotics and virtual assistants, but through the lens of the everyday, the everywoman and her family.

It explores the benefits and joys that technology could bring but also the possible heartache.

It also raises poignant questions about the impression we leave on others, the details we remember, the stories we re-craft and the love we're lucky to experience.

Written by Jordan Harrison (writer on the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black) and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, this acclaimed off-Broadway sensation arrives at Noosa Alive! direct from its Australian premiere season at Sydney's Ensemble Theatre with a stellar cast led by award-winning director Mitchell Butel.

Marjorie Prime will have its Queeensland premiere at The J Noosa on July 24 at 7.30pm, with performances also scheduled for July 25 at 2pm and 7.30pm.

Student Rush tickets available before each performance. Contact The J for details.

Bookings: noosaalive.com.au

National One-Act Playwriting Competition

Since 1978, Noosa Arts Theatre has been running the National One-Act Playwriting Competition.

With an $8000 cash prize pool, including The Eleanor Nimmo Prize of $5000 for best play, it attracts entries from playwrights throughout Australia and many other countries.

Scripts are judged anonymously by a professional panel of three industry experts.

The three finalists are selected on the quality of the writing, not on subject matter; and the winning order is decided before the plays are presented in this festival.

During the festival, the audience at each performance is asked to vote for the Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award.

Presentation of awards takes place after the final performance.

Noosa Arts Theatre is proud to offer this rather unique opportunity to aspiring and established playwrights and showcase the finalists as part of the Noosa Alive! Festival.

The three finalists are (in no particular order):

Premeditated Misadventure by Richard Harris.

Freya, adopted, discovers that her biological mother may have been murdered by her stepfather, who then abandoned her. He is now living locally - with his sixth wife!

He profited from the demise of all his previous wives who each dies by misadventure.

Suspicious, Freya decides to investigate.

Old Maids by Ruth Tuxworth.

There are two old maids in this tale - Bridie, who falls into an unexpected, socially unacceptable love and her own "old maid", who tells the truth of it.

Issues of family tension, abandonment, forbidden love, hypocrisy and natural justice all bubble beneath the brittle surface as the family prepares for a wedding.

An Autumn Romance by Cerise de Gelder.

Ellie has a comfortable life. She is single and independent, shares her home with two cats and has a steady income as a writer on a successful Aussie soap.

Then, one night, a handsome TV actor makes her an offer she really should refuse and things take a sinister turn.

Tune in next week and all will be revealed ... or will it?  

The plays will be staged at Noosa Arts Theatre from Friday, July 13, and continue until July 21, with the final two performances part of Noosa Alive!

Bookings to livetheatre.com.au or call 53296560. 


Barry Kornhauser's Balloonacy is short, simple, silly and superb school holiday fun.

A Playup! production brought to you by 3bCreative, this one is especially for younger audiences in three locations.

BYO snacks and drinks for a picnic lunch on the lawn after each performance - Saturday, July 14 at Maleny Playhouse in Maleny Showgrounds at 11am and Saturday, July 21, upstairs at Mons Playgroup, Mons School Rd, Buderim.

Bookings: livetheatre.com.au

An Inspector Calls

Celebrations are interrupted when the Birlings, a prosperous middle class family, are unexpectedly visited by Police Inspector Goole.

The inspector questions the Birlings and their guest about the death of a young working class woman.

Directed by Joy Hinkley, and starring James Kable and Tony Glazebrook, J.B.Priestley's classic mystery will keep you guessing and make you think.

An Inspector Calls will be staged at The Lind, Nambour, on July 27 and 28, August 1 and 3 at 7.30pm.

The closing gala night on August 4 will includes drinks and nibbles (6.30pm for 7.30pm curtain).

Bookings: livetheatre.com.au or call 1300 732764.

Sunshine Coast Shakespeare Festival

Entries are now open for the Coast's second annual Shakespeare Festival to be held at Noosa Arts Theatre on October 13.

Theatre groups, schools, actors, musicians and dancers from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast are invited to compete.

They can choose to perform scenes, sonnets, music and dance and will be judged by highly-respected theatre actor Veronica Neave.

Veronica will be conducting a workshop on Shakespeare where actors and directors can learn the art of all things Shakespearean.

Veronica has appeared in more than 50 stage productions within Australia and has also featured in a number of films and television productions, most recently in the Australian TV series Wanted.

Known for her versatility, she is a performer, writer, teacher, dancer and director.

Bookings and further details at noosaartstheatre.org.au. 

Sunshine Coast Live entries open

Sunshine Coast LIVE (Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Inc) invites you to celebrate the annual Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival, the largest of its kind in south-east Queensland.

The youth section will run during the weekend of August 11 and 12 (with the possibility of the evening of Friday, August 10).

The open section will run from August 17-19 at The Lind Theatre, 16 Mitchell St, Nambour.

Tickets are $35 per production.

Entries close July 27. 

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