Writing champ

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By PHILIP CHANDLER

After two seconds in previous years, Queenstowner Phena Byrne was ‘‘absolutely thrilled’’ to finally win the resort’s Pint-Sized Plays playwriting competition last
Sunday.

Organised again by Remarkable Theatre, this year’s comp comprised nine short plays whose playwrights came from as far away as England and the United States.

The plays were performed on four consecutive nights — three in Queenstown and one
in Bannockburn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Byrne’s play, Out of Time, was voted second by every audience, but won on aggregate.

Ironically, director Tori Keating chose Byrne to play the part of Mother Earth without realising she’d written the play, ‘‘which was a bit weird during the rehearsal process’’, the latter says.

The play also starred Isaiah Boniface as Cupid and Greg Dorn as The Grim Reaper.

Having a drink after a shift, Mother Earth comments on the state of the planet and how humans are messing everything up.

Byrne believes the secret behind successful playwriting is to ‘‘make it relatable’’ and ‘‘don’t get too complicated’’.

Her play will now be entered into the original Welsh Pint-Sized Plays competition.

Meanwhile, the award for ‘best performer’ went to Marie Dorin, who played a turkey in Don’t Flip Your Snood.

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