We live in an age when no-one has time. 
Average viewers spend between 3 and 7 minutes on an internet video. 
Advertisers get whole stories into 30 seconds.
Reduced Shakespeare squeezed the bard’s works into 70 minutes. 
Hamlet thought brevity the soul of wit and the Japanese that haiku was the highest form of art.

Can you join the masters and create a piece of theatre to bewitch an audience and make five minutes memorable?

It’s the ultimate challenge, and if you try there’s a world of possibilities.

Think what you can do in 300 seconds...

We are looking for emerging/newcomer playwrights, poets, spoken word artists, comedians, actors (who write their own material), physical performers…etc who have something different or interesting to say and are looking to get their work out to a wider audience.

The selected forty companies will perform head-to-head over four heats competing for eight places in the Grand Final. The eight winning companies will be joined by two ‘Audience Vote’ winners and these ten will battle it out on the last night for two winning places.

There are only 2 main rules for entering this Festival – that whatever you submit must be less than 5 minutes in length and it must have a narrative thread.

For more information click on one of the links below

What we offer

What's Included

Entry Fees and Considerations

Judging Panel

F.A.Q.s

How to enter

 

 

Previous winners are

2008

SHORTLIST OF Special Commendations
 
Something I Wrote In A Hurry
Tough Cookies
Swan Like
The Route Master
Perceptions
Whiter Than White
Liberdade
On The Hop
 
From these eight we selected three deserving of filming, with a special awarded to Swan Like,since there was insufficient competition in the Children's section to make a separate classification.
 
THREE FIRSTS
 
Perceptions
On The Hop
Something I Wrote In A Hurry
 
SPECIAL COMMENDATION
 
Swan Like.

2009

THREE WINNERS
 
Don't Shout
Problems, Problems
Not Quite Ready
 
SPECIAL COMMENDATION
 
The Apologies

Lambert

I Love Paris
St Stephens Birthday

Crossroads

The Performance

Doctor, Doctor

2010