The 74th Guernsey One Act Play Festival

21st May - 25th May
Guernsey's One Act Play Festival returns in May 2024! This year's event features a jam-packed line-up of one act plays across a variety of genres, from directors both novice and seasoned, and featuring performers of all ages. Join us for another celebration of community theatre, with adjudicator Ben Humphrey GoDA handing out awards on the final night.
Robin Hood (GADOC)
Written by Nick Perrin
Directed by Jenny Falla
It’s the classic struggle of good versus evil as our hero, Robin Hood, battles with the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham and his dastardly right-hand man Guy of Gisborne. Join Robin as he leads us on an entertaining musical romp through his well-loved legend, ably supported by his comrades Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian, Much the Miller's son and others as they uphold the cause of the downtrodden villagers.
The Willow Pattern (Les Varendes Youth Ensemble)
Written by Judith Johnson
Directed by Alison Birkett
The powerful Mandarin runs his province with an iron fist, tyrannical with everybody except his daughter Knoon-She. Knoon-She, however, isn’t keen on marrying the noble warrior her faher has in mind for her. Instead she has eyes for Chang, her father’s humble secretary. Humorously adapted from an ancient Chinese tale, The Willow Pattern is a classic tale of innocent, yet forbidden love.
Legends (The Guernsey Institute Performing Arts)
Written by Kate Kellaway
Directed by Kate Kellaway
When King Arthur arrives in a mysterious library with no idea why he is there or how he got there, he finds out the worst possible news: no one remembers him! His story has fallen out of the collective minds of the world. So how does a story get remembered? What can Arthur do? Join him as a quest takes him across the world to find more stories and adventures, meet new friends and discover whether he can be remembered or whether he really is doomed to spend eternity in the Forgotten Place.
What Happened After Once Upon a Time (GADOC)
Written by Alexi Alieri
Directed by Sophie Larbalestier
A substitute storyteller is called in to present stories from fairytale books, but just as each tale begins its “once upon a time,” the main characters show up, interrupting and correcting the newbie. Turns out, these characters have hysterical personalities and behaviours: Rapunzel is an insufferable diva, Cinderella is a clean freak and so much more. Chaos ensues until the frustrated storyteller has finally had enough. It’s up to the characters to comfort the storyteller and explain what really happened after “once upon a time.” Wouldn’t you know, everyone lived happily ever after, of course...
Come and Go (CDA)
Written by Samuel Beckett
Directed by Tom Cheshire
Three similar figures of 'indeterminable' age, Flo,Vi and Ru, sit quietly on a narrow bench surrounded by darkness. They are wearing full length coats with drab nondescript hats. When together they make uneasy small talk. As characters leave the space, one at a time, in turn, all three women at one time occupy the central position and all become privy to a secret about one of the others.
Role Reversal (St Stephens Players)
Written by Lyndsey Dowinton
Directed by Lyndsey Dowinton
This is a tale of an alternative world where the roles traditionally held in the real world by people and well-loved literary characters are all twisted around. Our two full-of-wit narrators show us how life could be if roles were reversed, and in doing so, completely rewrite one of the most classic stories ever known with a bizarre inclusion of other well-known stories and characters. This is a tale that will forever change the idea of bedtime storytelling.
Hello Darkness My Old Friend (GADOC)
Mature themes - 30mins
Written by Sue Wilding
Directed by Judy Moore
Sarah and Phil have recently separated and have experienced a family tragedy. Phil visits a park playground every day in the hope of seeing his son. He sits on a bench waiting for Joe to appear so that he can talk to him.
Loveplay (The Guernsey Institute Performing Arts)
Mature themes - 60mins
Written by Moira Buffin
Directed by Rhys Ashcroft
People find love throughout history on the same piece of land.
FRI 24 MAY – 7PM
A Wake (Alderney Theatre Group)
Mature themes - 45mins
Written by Lee Flewitt
Directed by Charlotte Newton
Failed actor and alcoholic Michael Lord has died, leaving a wife, a mother, a sister and several friends behind. But Michael is still awake, waiting to cross over to the next world but held back for some reason he cannot fathom. Over the course of his wake, he witnesses home truths and revelations and reenacts the pivotal moments of his life, until the answers they provide give him the ability to move on.
Using The Plot (GADOC)
Mature themes - 30mins
Written by John Murr
Directed by John Murr
A sunny morning in early summer on a south London allotment finds two young people start up a conversation for the first time. In this tranquil space they start to open up about the ‘curved balls’ in their lives and a rapport grows. Will the natural environment provide some healing and inspire them as they look to the future?
The Sociable Plover (GADOC)
Mature themes - 60mins
Written by Tim Whithall
Directed by Dennis Burns
Nothing and nobody will stop Roy Tunt from spotting his wild birds, and today, a stormy December morning on England’s desolate East Coast, he pursues a very special mission. With one more tick in his dog-eared notebook, Roy will have recorded all 567 species on the British List. The prevailing conditions are ideal and the time is perfect to welcome an elusive vagrant from the Asian Steppe, the rare and beautiful Sociable Plover.
SAT 25 MAY – 7PM
Bad Auditions By Bad Actors (GADOC)
Written by Ian McWethy
Directed by Berian Jones
A casting director has one day to find the leads for a community there production of Romeo and Juliet. What seems like a simple task proves impossible when the pool of actors includes extreme method actors, performers who just do not know what to do with their hands, and one particular woman who may or may not think she is a cat. This hilarious comedy will bring you to the last place you would ever want to be… behind the doors of a casting session!
Time n' Tide (GADOC)
Written by Bridget Carey
Directed by Bridget Carey
It is Sunday, a beautiful summer morning. A garden terrace leads down to the bay with the harbour beyond. Ladies in retirement, still active within the community. Confident and lively personalities belie the doubts and insecurities they might feel, especially when the past and the present converge.
Awards Presentation
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