Pambula-based touring theatre company Footprint Theatre is currently rehearsing a short play for its third Short+Sweet Play Festival in Canberra.

Invited back to this year’s festival, Director Lis Shelley selected a monologue called “Slow Dating” from more than 30 short-listed plays.

“Scripts are submitted anonymously. The quality of the writing really needs to be exceptional to stand out. This one’s a cracker of a play, full of humour, that breaks down stereotypes around ageing. Once its pedigree was revealed, I was even more excited to be directing it.” Lis explained.

The script, by Sydney playwright Adam Szudrich, has already had considerable international success. Selected for the New Voices Play Festival in West Virginia and the Milwaukee One Act Festival, it won the People’s Choice Award at the Sydney Short+Sweet Festival and has just been selected for the New York New Works Theatre Festival – a competition picked by Broadway Producers, Emmy Award Winners, and Tony Award Winners.

Merimbula actor Penelope Hunt will play the role of ‘Ester’, a 70-something self-confessed happily married woman, who reluctantly attends a Speed Dating event for seniors. Local audiences will recall Penny’s recent performances as Martha Brewster in Footprint’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” and ‘Clairee’ in Theatre Onset’s “Steel Magnolias”.

The play “Slow Dating” is in Week 1 of the Short+Sweet Festival, at 7.30pm from Tuesday 9th until Friday 12th August 2016 at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

The Festival is judged by theatre professionals and audience members also vote for the People’s Choice Award. A successful performance could see the play enter the Festival’s Gala Final on Saturday 20th August.

Tickets are now available from the Canberra Theatre website 

Actor Penelope Hunt (L) and Director Lis Shelley (R) of Footprint Theatre rehearse for the upcoming performance of "Slow Dating" at the Canberra Short+Sweet Play Festival. Photo by Footprint Theatre

Actor Penelope Hunt (L) and Director Lis Shelley (R) of Footprint Theatre rehearse for the upcoming performance of “Slow Dating” at the Canberra Short+Sweet Play Festival. Photo by Footprint Theatre