REAL DRAMA: The 25th Dalby Drama Festival will draw crowds from all over Queensland, wanting to perform and witness the performances on stage.
REAL DRAMA: The 25th Dalby Drama Festival will draw crowds from all over Queensland, wanting to perform and witness the performances on stage. Sam Flanagan

Celebrating 25 years of Dalby's most dramatic

DALBY is celebrating 25 years of one of its most popular and renowned annual events - the Dalby Drama Festival.

The drama queens and kings of Dalby are encouraged to step up to the stage and perform in the festival at Dalby Little Players Theatre this weekend.

For those who prefer a front row seat to the action as opposed to a spot on stage, tickets are available for purchase to watch the drama unfold.

Nine one-act plays will be performed by actors making the journey from as far away as Beenleigh, Ipswich, Brisbane and Caboolture.

Tara Routley, who will be adjudicating the performances, said there were a number of things she looked for in a fantastic performance.

"I will be looking at the structure of the play as a whole and how it's directed,” she said.

"I'll be looking at the quality of the acting, the audience reaction, because I think a play is only as good as its audience's reaction sometimes.”

One of the challenges Mrs Routley said she would be facing was taking the subjectivity out of her viewing experience to give all the casts and ensembles a fair crack at first place.

"I'm aware that I have certain tastes,” she said.

"I know it's not just about me and my taste and whether it's the sort of play I would normally go and see.

"It's about whether it's a good play and whether the audience reacts.

"And sometimes it'll be lots of laughs or it can be lots of shocks.

"There are so many different styles, and I think an adjudicator's job is not just to choose what I like.

"I have enough experience to be able to recognise good theatre even if it's something that's not necessarily my taste.”

The plays come under a number of different genres, from comedy to mystery, and from romance to thriller.

The sessions will be running over Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday sessions begin at 2pm and 7pm, and there is an additional session on Sunday morning at 10am.

The Saturday night content is "fairly adult” according to Mrs Routley, but the plays are ultimately family-friendly and are able to be enjoyed by all ages.

The most sought-after award will be the Playwright's Award, as well as awards for the most outstanding actresses and actors.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door of the Little Players Theatre for $10.


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