Calling Gabriola playwrights!

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When we were planning our 10th anniversary season in 2014, we decided we wanted to encourage local playwrights by offering them a stage at our popular One-Act Play Festival. A call for submissions went out and all three of the one-acts performed in 2015 were indeed new works by Gabriolan writers.

Since then we have endeavoured to ensure that at least one of the plays in our annual festival is a new piece penned right here on the island. Often there have been more than one.

Once again we are looking for new works to be performed at the end of May in our 2024 One-Act Play Festival. If you’ve written a play you would like us to consider performing, please submit it to with the subject “One-Act Play Festival” no later than 31 January 2024. (The earlier the better.)

Plays should be no more than 45 minutes in length, no shorter than 20 minutes. Small casts and simple staging requirements are ideal, but by no means a deal breaker. Knowing if you or someone else is interested in directing the play is also helpful, so please specify if this is the case.

If you haven’t penned a play yourself, but know someone who has, please make them aware that we are soliciting submissions.

Did you know?

One of the plays in our tenth anniversary season – Lemon Yellow Laces by Dennis Johnston – won the award for Best Original Script at the 2015 Vancouver Island One-Act Play Festival.

And An Unhelpful Complication by Anne M. Holmes, which premiered at our 2017 One-Act Play Festival, was a finalist in the 2018 Canadian National Playwriting Competition.