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Ten-Minute Play Contest

Venue: The Company House

Date: May 22

Time: 7pm


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Ticket Prices: $5



This year’s 14th annual playwriting competition, open to all Nova Scotia high school students in grades 10 through 12, is supported by Theatre Nova Scotia and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre.

Students were given the challenge of writing an original script, with just a single phrase or sentence to include somewhere in the dialogue, or as a jumping off point.

The three selected finalists watch their ten-minute script brought to life by professional theatre artists. One overall winner will then be chosen by a panel of judges on the night!





Eastern Front Theatre is pleased to announce that the 2017 edition of the Ten-Minute Play Contest will is ready to accept entries from all high school students across Nova Scotia.

This year’s 14th annual playwriting competition, open to all Nova Scotia high school students in grades 10 through 12, will be presented as part of Eastern Front’s STAGES Theatre Festival in May 2017

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 maximum of 4 characters
  • Scripts should have minimal set and technical requirements
  • Submissions by mail must be postmarked no later than April 21, 2017 or may be dropped off at Eastern Front’s offices by 5pm on the same day

NOTE: We have extended the deadline by a week after hearing that some schools did not see the notices that went out two months ago. We want to ensure students that want to enter have the opportunity.


  • All scripts must include somewhere the continuous line of dialogue “It wasn’t the first time she’d said that. It may not be the last. It will certainly make me listen this time.”

By adding a line of required dialogue, we hope it inspires students to be imaginative while working within creative constraints.

A panel of professional theatre artists will choose three scripts from submitted student proposals. The three 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 Monday, May 22nd at 7pm, as part of Eastern Front Theatre’s Stages Theatre Festival. This event is open to the public.

The winning playwright will receive a cash award of $300.00 and the three runners-up will each receive cash awards of $150.00.

For more information, or the entry form, e-mail admin@easternfronttheatre.com.


Now in its 24th season, Eastern Front Theatre is a Halifax based theatre company that commissions, develops, produces, and presents plays that explore and celebrate the human condition in relation to our place in the world. We champion Atlantic Canadian artists and stories about Atlantic Canada. Eastern Front Theatre strives to stimulate, entertain, and challenge our audience with theatre that is provocative, innovative, and of the highest standard.


Eastern Front Theatre is proud to work with Theatre Nova Scotia, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, and our Print Media Sponsor The Coast. Eastern Front Theatre is generously funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Arts Nova Scotia, and the Halifax Regional Municipality.




Student & teacher Contact: Emily Pettet

(902)466 2769



Media Contact: Jeremy Webb

(902) 466-2769





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