To the best of our knowledge itís never been done before in Australia!
The teams then assembled so that the writers could gain an understanding of the actors' individual skills.
Soon after 11.00pm, only the writers remained to write their plays throughout the night.
At 6.00am (now Saturday), the directors returned to discuss the plays; whilst we battled with a reluctant printer. At 7.00am the actors arrived as the weary writers turned home for a most deserved sleep. Throughout the day the plays were discussed, learnt and rehearsed. After lunch each play performed a technical rehearsal; which took far longer than was originally planned.
By 8.00pm all the plays were ready, and shortly after that the last of the audience arrived. At approximately 8.15pm the the tech crew grabbed a well earned drink of water and the performance got underway.
The order of the show was the same as the listing below, with an interval between 'Down Among The Dead Men' and 'Intolerance'. Incredibly, the final play finished within a minute of 10.00pm - exactly 24 hours since the whole process started!
The audience reaction was fantastic and I would not be the only one to be astonished by the quality of the shows. So much of this success must be given to the writers who not only produced wonderful playsso but in so doing inspired us all to produce our very best efforts.
Congratulations to the directors and actors who were able to fully realise the potential of these scripts and to breathe the first breaths of life into them.
A tribute to the efforts of the technical crew who worked tirelessly, and without a break, for eight or more hours.
Thanks also to the vision of the producers who made this all possible, and to the audience who willingly came along (and paid their money) for a completely unknown show - thanks for your faith in us.
After this, we might even do it again next year!
Stage Manager & Crew : David Swann, Laura Bradley & Michael McBain
Lighting : Andrew Toomath
Sound : Chris Collins
Publicity : Narelle Olsen, Sheona Paxman & Michael Olsen
"I'd do it again in a heartbeat!" - Laura Bradley
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Last Updated 18 February 2003