Crush the key word at art event

Playhouse Theatre actors Bianca Hodges, Linda Elliott and Shaun Norden do a bit of improvisation.
Playhouse Theatre actors Bianca Hodges, Linda Elliott and Shaun Norden do a bit of improvisation.

THERE were some crushing scenes over the weekend as the inaugural Art On The Grass event was hailed as a success.

Organiser Rob Ainsworth said the day was a collaboration between Bundaberg Players and Bundaberg Writers' Club, whereby the writers put together scripts the actors did not have the chance to see until they performed them.

Mr Ainsworth said the unrehearsed performances went well and without a hitch in the company of plenty of onlookers.

He said the Crush Festival event had writers incorporate the word “crush” into each scene they prepared.

“It was a bit of fun,” he said.

“There was one scene where someone had a crush on someone else, and another was a dramatic scene where there was an accident.”

He said the two groups had worked well together to produce the scenes, which included everything from comedy to drama.

“The feedback from the writers was that it was a great opportunity for them to have their words spoken,” he said.

“It sounds a lot different to hear actors performing their work rather than just saying it.”

Mr Ainsworth said he hoped the two groups continued to work together.

“The potential of future projects that might happen between these groups is great,” he said.

He said this year's Art On The Grass had kicked off at a quality level.

“Art On The Grass, I think we can safely say it, will be in next year's program.”

Next week's performance includes the Bundaberg High Concert Band and String Ensemble.

“That will be a big one,” Mr Ainsworth said.

The event runs every Saturday in October between 2.30pm and 3pm in front of Cafe 1928 at the Botanic Gardens, and is free.

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