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Welcome to NOOSA alive!, a 10 day festival of theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, cuisine and barrier-breaking forums – in one of Australia’s most enviable destinations: Noosa Heads, Queensland.

Founded by prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, author Kristin Williamson, internationally renowned violinist Brett Dean, environmental activist Dr Michael Gloster, restaurateur Leonie Palmer-Fisher together with Rick Clayton and Ros McCauley.

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Presented by NOOSA alive in association with Noosa Arts Theatre


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Time & Location

Fri 19, Jul 2019


Sat 20, Jul 2019 (includes award ceremony)


Noosa Arts Theatre 

Weyba Road, Noosaville




The legacy of the One-Act play festival stretches back to 1978, featuring entries from around the globe competing for a share in the $8,000 cash prize pool judged anonymously by a professional panel of three industry experts.

Meet the Finalists:

Yvette Wall                    Bruce Olive                   Rod Selzer

The three finalists for 2019 are:


Black Matter by Bruce Olive of Queensland, directed by John McMahon of Queensland

This play explores the life and struggles of an ex footballer who played in a time, not too long ago, when a head knock was considered just part of the game. The consequences of too many of these knocks are played out in a strong family drama.


Little Angels by Yvette Wall of Western Australia, directed by Jacqui Mata Luque of Queensland

This play, set in the 60’s in a catholic home for un-married mothers, reflects the differing attitudes of the sisters surrounding teenage mothers and so-called ‘care’ they received and endured during this pivotal time in their lives.


A Messy Engagement by Rod Selzer of Victoria, directed by Jane Rivers.

A comedy involving a ‘couple therapist’, who favours Hawaiian shirts and cigars, discovers his son is engaged to God’s gift of a daughter-in-law and is over the moon. But when a new patient confides that she intends to marry a much younger man and it dawns on him that his engaged son could be that very man, he pulls out all stops to keep the marriage on track with hilarious results. But is the son her lover?

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