WTF is FOOAP? (Everything you should know)

What on earth is FOOAP?

FOOAP stand for the Festival of One Act Plays and gives Directors and Performers a chance to present short, 10-minute or One-Act plays on the mainstage at the Civic Theatre in a Festival-environment. Participants will receive feedback from industry professionals and the best pieces will be recognised through a series of Awards, which are presented at the end of the Festival.

What is the time limit for plays entered in FOOAP?

There are three categories in FOOAP. In the 10-minute category, plays must run for 8 to 12 minutes; in the Open Category, plays may run for 20 to 45 minutes; and in the Junior category – which requires all performers to be under 18 years of age – plays may run for 15 to 45 minutes. In addition, each group is allocated 7 minutes to set up and 3 minutes to strike their performance.

Who can enter FOOAP?

Actors and Directors from community theatre, secondary schools, drama studios and other organisations are eligible to enter FOOAP. Entrants are not permitted to be paid for their participation in the production being performed.

Each play must include a minimum of two on-stage characters with speaking roles.

What are the benefits of participating in FOOAP?

FOOAP presents a rare opportunity for theatre-makers to produce their plays for the Civic Theatre main stage, and to make use of the high-calibre equipment available at the venue including lighting and sound equipment (with some restrictions on how many lighting cues each performance may include).

It’s also a great opportunity to hone new or existing theatre skills without the commitment of a full-length play.

What Awards are up for grabs?

There are 28 Awards in total including Best Production, Best Performance by a Male Actor, Best Performance by a Female Actor and Best Director in each category. Technical Awards are given for Lighting, Sound, Set Design, Multimedia and Production. Scriptwriters have the chance to be Awarded Best Unpublished or Original Script for a 10-Minute or One Act Play, and an Adjudicator’s Award for outstanding work for a group or individual not recognised in other awards.

For students aged 16 to 18 years, there two Bursaries will also be awarded – the Stan Newman Memorial Bursary and the Karen Vane Memorial Bursary.

I’m in! How do I enter?

Round up your cast and production team, read the FOOAP Information Page carefully to ensure you’re complying with all the rules, find your script (making sure you have the necessary licensing to perform it!) and register here.


Registrations for the Festival of One Act Plays close 14 March 2020. The Festival of One Act Plays will be held at the Townsville Civic Theatre on 1-3 May 2020.

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