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King’s Shorts

Festival of 10 Minute Plays

June 15, 16 and 17, 2018

For further information contact Verilea Ellis

902-245-2309 or verilea@yahoo.ca

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King’s Shorts  Festival of Ten Minute Plays 2018

Deadline: January 12, 2018


The twelfth King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays, will be hosted by King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 15, 16 and 17, 2018.   The Festival is open to all writers and playwrights,worldwide, even if you have never written a play before.  Submissions should not be more than 10 minutes in length (total production time), can be any genre (comedy, tragedy etc.), should have a limited amount of characters (1-6), and should not have been previously produced in any form.  Playwrights should avoid wording that might offend.  Hand written plays are not acceptable.  Because of the nature of the Festival, the sets must be kept simple and be capable of being changed quickly.  Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays, using a different pseudonym per script. The organizing committee will choose eight plays, by eight different playwrights, to be staged by the Annapolis Royal Drama Group utilizing local directors.  Of those eight, one will be chosen by Theatre Nova Scotia as the winning entry and receive a prize of $300.   A second place winner, also chosen by Theatre Nova Scotia, will receive a prize of $150.  All attending audiences will be asked to vote for the People’s Choice Award, announced at the Sunday matinee on June 17.

Entries for the Festival must be sent to the address below, with a non-refundable $15 entry fee per script, and be postmarked no later than January 12, 2018.  The first page of the play should contain the play’s title, a pseudonym, and all pages must be numbered.  The playwright’s actual name and contact information should be in a sealed envelope, with the script name and pseudonym on the front.  This will ensure anonymity during the judging process.  Scripts will not be returned and applicants will be informed by March 2, 2018 if their play is to be included in the Festival.

For further information contact Verilea Ellis at 902-245-2309 or email verilea@yahoo.ca. Please send entries to Kings Shorts, c/o King’s Theatre, 209 St. George Street, P.O. Box 161, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada.


The King’s Shorts weekend is always a high point for Annapolis Royal, with many locals and visitors enjoying themselves and participating in local community theatre. Started as a theatrical experiment in 2007, the festival has become a fixture in the cultural life of the Annapolis Valley, this year attracting 93 scripts from around the world.


King’s Shorts long on applause and laughter …

The King’s Shorts weekend is always a high point for Annapolis Royal, with many locals and visitors enjoying themselves and participating in local community theatre. Started as a theatrical experiment in 2007, the festival has become a fixture in the cultural life of the Annapolis Valley, attracting 93 scripts for 2017 from around the world.

The eleventh annual King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays completed its 2017 run on Sunday, June 18 with the last of three well-attended performances. This festival celebrated the best attendance and the most playwright submissions ever.  Phil Milo acted as MC.
Theatre Nova Scotia (TNS) identified two scripts as first and second best written, with awards of $200 and $100, respectively.  First place went to first-time writer, Glenna Prime of New Minas, for her entry A Second Hand Love Story.  Second place went to Margot Bishop of Wolfville for her play, Installing a GPSThe People’s Choice Award, as voted by the three audiences, went to Jim Prime of New Minas and Ben Robicheau of Hamilton, Ontario for their work Funeral Sandwiches.

The eight plays presented were:
A Second Hand Love Story by Glenna Prime of New Minas, Nova Scotia
Directed by Gloria Saesura
Flight of the Cows by Rex McGregor of Auckland, New Zealand
Directed by Shelley Vaughan
Funeral Sandwiches by Jim Prime of New Minas, Nova Scotia and Ben Robicheau of     Hamilton, Ontario
Directed by Freeman Butland
Installing a GPS by Margot Bishop of Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Directed by Ron Wesman
OMG! Trump Won by Charles Salmon of Halifax, Nova Scotia
Directed by Miles Leahy
Salty and Sweet by Sue Higgs of Head Jeddore, Nova Scotia
Directed by Kelley Pozzolo
Sticky by Jean Blasiar of Pasadena, California
Directed by Verilea Ellis
Workplace Wellness by Kate Jaimet of Ottawa, Ontario
Directed by John MacEachern



King’s Shorts: A Brief History
In 2006, Dean Taylor, local Annapolis Royal playwright, was discussing ten minute plays with some members of the Annapolis District Drama Group, as well as with the Executive Director of Theatre Nova Scotia. They all felt that a ten minute play festival was the perfect fit for the Annapolis area and King’s Theatre. Dean formed a committee that year, and in June 2007, the King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays was born.


The Festival Today
Including the submissions for 2017, 589 plays have been submitted to the Festival from playwrights across Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Greece and New Zealand. Every June eight plays are produced. The festival has included plays by first time playwrights and by experienced playwrights, by amateur writers and by professional writers, by men and by women, by young writers and by “more mature” writers.

Our Goal

Aside from being a fundraiser for King’s Theatre, King’s Shorts has two main goals. The first is to make live theatre more accessible to all: the audience, playwrights, directors and performers alike, and the second is to help them experience, or continue to experience, the joy of live theatre. To that end, each play performed is assigned its own director and that director sets his/her cast of players. At each annual performance, a first and second place winner, based on the written work, is chosen by Theatre Nova Scotia. As well, a People’s Choice Award is selected by the audiences at the three performances of the festival.


Our Challenge to You

If you have never been involved with live theatre this is your chance. The plays are only ten minutes long so it’s a great opportunity to “jump in” with both feet. We are always looking for playwrights (new or used), and actors (experienced or otherwise), for directors (we’ll even give you a little training), for backstage crew (you only need a black t-short) and for audience members (you simply need the ability to enjoy yourself). In whatever capacity you choose, we look forward to seeing you at the Festival in June.


Our Committee

Jane DeWolfe, Verilea Ellis (Coordinator), Doug Glenen, Adrian Nette, Elizabeth Rhymer, and Ashlea Viola.


First Place:  A Second Hand Love Story, Glenna Prime

Second Place:  Installing a GPS, Margot Bishop

The People’s Choice:  Funeral Sandwiches, Jim Prime and Ben Robicheau



First Place:   Chase the Ace, Charles Salmon

Second Place:  Never Give Up, James Hutchison

Peoples Choice: The Agency Sent Me, Jim Prime and Ben Robicheau



First Place:  The Shoe Department, Philip W. Hall

Second Place: Go Green, Janet Godsell

Peoples Choice: 2015 – Fish and Dicks:  A Tale from the Digby Neck and Islands Fish-Gutting Service and Detective Agency,  Jim Prime 



First Place:  Western Music in the Meringue, Sandi Johnson

Second Place: Better Safe than Sorry , George Freek

Peoples Choice: The Rubber Duck, Janet Godsell



First Place:  The Business Plan, Philip Hall

Second Place: As the Glaciers Melt  , Janet Godsell

Peoples Choice: Speed Dating at Elderberry Manor, Eloise Comeau Murray



First Place:  The Chair, Charles Salmon

Second Place: A Business Arrangement, Janet Godsell

Peoples Choice: A Business Arrangement, Janet Godsell



First Place:  Trusting, Janet Godsell

Second Place: True Confessions, Wayne Currie

Peoples Choice:A Twisted Tale, Sue Higgs

First Place:  A Little Secret, Janet Godsell

Second Place: Touch of Grace, Wendy Lockman

Peoples Choice: Is it Wednesday?, Pam Calabrese Maclean



First Place: Saved, Janet Godsell

Second Place: Awake, Pam Calabrese MacLean

Peoples Choice: Soon Miss Guttenberg? Oh Yes, Soon Mr Abraham, Paula Montgomery



First Place: What Was That Again, Wayne Currie

Second Place: Drawing the Line, Janet Godsell

Peoples Choice: Drawing the Line, Janet Godsell



First Place: The Lonely Island

Second Place:Not Awarded

Peoples Choice: Not Awarded