Eastern Front Theatre Ten-Minute Play Contest

22 Apr

Ten-Minute Play Contest returns with Hal-Con Partnership

Eastern Front Theatre is pleased to announce that the 2016 edition of the Ten-Minute Play Contest will be presented in part thanks to the out of this world sponsorship of Hal-Con, Atlantic Canada’s Largest Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comic Book and Gaming Convention.

This year’s 13th annual playwriting competition, open to all Nova Scotia high school students in grades 10 through 12, will be presented by Hal-Con and includes a couple of exciting new elements. Eastern Front is also pleased to work with Theatre Nova Scotia and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre once again on this annual event.

High school students are being asked to submit scripts using the following guidelines:

  • Scripts should be no longer than 10 pages
  • Plays should take no longer than ten minutes to read
  • Scripts must have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 characters
  • Scripts should have minimal set and technical requirements
  • Submissions by mail must be postmarked no later than May 16, 2016 or may be dropped off at Eastern Front’s offices by 5pm on the same day


  • All scripts must include somewhere the line of dialogue “Don’t blink”


Hal-Con’s suggestion of “Don’t blink,” a famous catchphrase from the Doctor Who TV series, inspires students to be imaginative while working within creative constraints.

A panel of professional theatre artists will choose four scripts from submitted student proposals. The four selected students will then be invited to watch as a director and team of professional theatre artists workshop each script. This will be followed by a staged reading of each show on Sunday, June 26, 2016, the closing event of Eastern Front Theatre’s Stages Theatre Festival.

The winning playwright will receive a cash award of $300.00, courtesy of Theatre Nova Scotia, and the three runners-up will each receive cash awards of $150.00 courtesy of Eastern Front Theatre.

An exciting new element of this year’s contest will be a second performance of all the finalist scripts at Hal-Con in November 2016, in front of an enthusiastic audience of geeks and nerds.

For more information, contest rules, or the entry form, please go to http://www.easternfronttheatre.com or e-mail info@easternfronttheatre.com.

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