Dalby plays host to Queensland's finest performers
TO SEE nine of our state's top theatre troupes together today sharing laughs, telling war stories of past performances, and celebrating as one big ensemble, you never would have guessed that mere hours before they were on stage competing at Dalby's Annual Drama Festival.
The Little Players Theatre opened its doors for the event, and showcased nine plays on its stage for the 25th consecutive year.
Theatre companies travelled to Dalby from all corners of Queensland for the Festival, and all left with a profound respective for their craft, each other and, if they were lucky, a few trophies in their back pockets.
It was a tough choice for adjudicator Tara Routley, but only a select few could win the prestigious awards:
First place: Caught in the Act, Downstage Theatre Group
Second place: As You Were, Wallflower Theatre Company
Third place: Bubbles, Ipswich Little Theatre
Best Director: David Harrison, Caught in the Act
Playwright's award: Brenna Corben and Sarah Esser, As You Were
Best actor, male: Matthew Horner, As You Were
Best actor, female: Jessica Ham, Caught in the Act
Best supporting actor, male: Arun Clarke, Zeroes
Best supporting actor, female: Kate Mallory, Bubbles
Best actor in a minor role, male: Cody Muller, Defcon Rising
Best actor in a minor role, female: Judy Beattie, Zeroes
Best junior actor/ junior incentive award: Opal Francis, Tamika McCoy, Ruby Nieuwoudt, and Louisa Coffey, Children of the Black Skirt
Best production of an Australia script: As You Were, Wallflower Theatre Company
Adjudicators choice: Ineligible Bachelor, JPC (trophy), and Cara Keehn from Dalby Little Player's Theatre for Fate's Thread (medallion).
Most entertaining play: Zeroes, Excalibur Theatre Company
Choya Amai Award for Lighting and Sound: Children of the Black Skirt, TLC.
Nita Bacon Incentive Award: Lily Mimica for her writing and performance in Fuel Light.
Check out some photos from the creative genius on display: