Pint-sized but stimulating

Newcomers: From left, Angus Pettigrew, Rosie Fea, Nathan Cook and Lyall McGregor make their Pint-Sized Plays acting debuts this weekend

Ten original short plays by local, national and international playwrights are being staged by Queenstown’s Remarkable Theatre this weekend.

The drama society’s sixth Pint-Sized Plays – a concept that originated in Wales – runs tomorrow at Queens-town’s Sherwood, on Saturday at Wanaka’s Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar and on Sunday at Queenstown’s Rydges Lakeland Resort’s Clancy’s Room.

Each play lasts a maximum 10 minutes and features minimal props and three actors at most. The audience vote for their favourite script and votes are aggregated to decide the top three.

And, for the first time, a group will also judge the actors for a ‘best performance’ award.

Twenty actors are taking the stage including Pint-Sized Plays newcomers Lyall McGregor and Angus Pettigrew, who play father and son, respectively, in a drama, and Rosie Fea and Nathan Cook, who play two of three horses in a comedy.

McGregor’s warmed up with two Showbiz Queenstown musicals in recent years and two Remarkable Theatre Gardens shows.

For this weekend’s play, “they were obviously looking for someone older”, he says.

Cook also whet his theatrical appetite by performing in three items in this year’s Gardens show.

Fea hasn’t acted since school but has got the bug again.

Delivering lines when you’re playing a horse is “kind of challenging”, she says.

Pettigrew’s had theatrical experience in the south of France, where he’s lived till recently.

Remarkable Theatre actors are also rehearsing for The Ghost of the Forest, which they’ll perform in the Gardens during this Queen’s Birthday Weekend’s Luma light festival.

Meanwhile, Pint-Sized Plays tickets – $20 plus fees – are for sale via; door sales will be limited. Each session starts at 7pm.