Monday, 9 June 2008

MelBorn08, June 9, 2008

What: MelBorn08
When & Where: ACOPA, 14 Raglan St, North Melbourne, June 9, 10 & 17, 2008
Reviewer: Kate Herbert

Each night of MelBorn08 features rehearsed readings of ten 10-minute plays by Melbourne playwrights.  

Ten of the 30 ten-minute play readings will be chosen for full productions in this year’s Fringe Festival. Each night boasts ten new short plays by local playwrights. 

 The quality is inconsistent but on opening night I enjoyed Dina Ross’s Masterpiece, a simple but inventive piece about Da Vinci’s conversation with Mona Lisa. Drip, by Tom Taylor, was a cunning and funny twist on a dysfunctional father-son relationship. 

They vary in style, theme and quality but there is no time to get bored.  Season One included plays about choosing your own  heaven, Leonardo painting Mona Lisa and Cate Blanchett being a Facebook stalker. 

 The advantage with 10-minute plays is that if you hate one, there’s always the next.

by Kate Herbert

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