Nine cleverly-crafted short plays are being staged in Queenstown and Cromwell this weekend.

Along with a Cromwell performance on Saturday, they constitute Remarkable Theatre’s annual Pint-Sized Plays comp, in which the audience judges the best-written play.

Following a competition first staged in Tenby, Wales, in 2008, the Queenstown theatre company invites scripts from anywhere in the world, then chooses the best to put on stage, while keeping the playwrights’ identities secret right to the end.

The plays, lasting between about 10 and 15 minutes, are designed to be performed in a pub with minimal props and set, and a maximum of three actors.

About 25 actors are involved this year, including a Cromwell troupe who are performing one play.

Remarkable Theatre’s Neha Gosalia, who’s stage manager and venue coordinator, says this latest batch are mostly humorous, though social points are made in some of them.

Among the backstage crew will be some Wakatipu High students.

The venues are the Novotel lounge bar (yesterday), Sherwood tonight, Bannockburn Hall on Saturday and Novotel again on Sunday — the shows all start 7pm.

Tickets, via eventfinda, are $20 plus fees.