Students win theatre gongs

LOOK: William Parker and Sofia Nolan in "I Spy". The production won two awards at the Sharp Short Theatre finals.
LOOK: William Parker and Sofia Nolan in "I Spy". The production won two awards at the Sharp Short Theatre finals.

HUNTER School of the Performing Arts students won four of the five major awards at the Sharp Short Theatre finals at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres on Friday night, with all three of its finalists receiving prizes.

Thirty-six plays, each running up to 10 minutes, were entered by NSW schools, most of them located in Sydney.

HSPA’s Burn, written by Thomas Sutherland and Shaye Garrick, and directed by Thomas Sutherland and Martha Reece, received the Best Production award. Alexandra Jensen’s The Exhibition was named as the Best Script. I Spy won two awards, with Sofia Nolan presented with the Best Direction prize and Sebastian Thornton-Walker the award for Best Male Performer.

The prizes include tickets to see major Sydney shows and workshops with Sydney theatre training groups.

The fourth play entered by HSPA, Alex, was one of two mentors’ choice plays selected for staging while the judges were meeting to decide the prize winners.