Imagine only having 24 hours to ensure a theatre work is conceived, written, rehearsed, produced, and performed. That is what One Day aims to do.
Since the project's beginning in 2004, there have been 68 plays, 26 playwrights, 40 directors, 98 actors in 158 roles, and over 70 people involved in technical and production crews.
One Day not only aims to get work up within 24 hours, but also provides practitioners with a challenging platform, fosters relationships, increases the profiles of local talent, and tests conventional structures.
Mudlark Theatre took over the direction of One Day in 2006, and now the program is at One Day #18.
Artistic director Cheyne Mitchell said a stimulus or theme was developed at first, which the writers, directors, and actors involved would only find out when they walked into the theatre.
"In previous times, for example, we have walked into the theatre and there's been a beautifully aged bathroom with a clawfoot bath filled with water to inspire plays," he said.
Once the group has seen the initial stimulus, writers are assigned a director through a game, then balloons are popped which assign the actors.
"The playwrights will go away and write the play before 5am. At 6am the directors get the scripts. At 7am the actors turn up and then we rehearse the plays until the doors open," Mr Mitchell said.
"Every play is different, every rehearsal process is different, every team of creatives is different, the outcome is always different."
"What you witness is this electric and in-the-moment response. There's just something that can happen in One Day that doesn't happen in traditional theatre."
This year's One Day show will be held on December 4 at 7.30pm, Earl Arts Centre.
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