Salon Varietés offers local writers their 15 minutes of fame

The Salon Varietés Theatre will host the short-play festival.
The Salon Varietés Theatre will host the short-play festival. / SUR
  • A new initiative will give budding playwrights a chance to see their worked performed at the short play festival later this year

In order to kick start its 2020-21 season, the Salon Varietés theatre in Fuengirola is to host a new initiative called Famous for 15 Minutes, a festival that will focus on short plays, or playlets, as they are known in the theatrical world.

The project is aimed at discovering and nurturing new writing and acting talent on the Costa del Sol. Budding playwrights have been invited to submit a script for a 15-minute play, which can be of any drama genre except musical.

The scripts will be judged by a panel of specialists, who will select six plays to be performed at the festival, which will be staged in the theatre later this year.

The playwright must be a resident and the script must be in English. Organisers have stressed that staging should be basic box-set design.

The play, which can have a maximum of four actors over the age of 16, must be original and not previously published or performed. A maximum of two different plays may be submitted by the playwright, who can be a professional writer or novice.However, only one script will be eligible for inclusion in the final shortlist.

"We're looking for new and interesting stories that will challenge our actors and entertain our audience. The short play format is a great way for writers to hone their craft and for actors to bring new stories to life," said board member Alan Boardman.

Entries must be submitted in PDF format to before midnight on Tuesday 30 June. For more information, rules and how to submit a finished script, see The Official Salon Varietés Theatre Group Facebook page.