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Act Up! – Student Fringe 2018 can involve: drama; movement; music – solo or band (but must be acoustic); media – film, digital art, animation; spoken word.  Each category will have specific guidelines that need to be adhered to.

Act Up – Student Fringe 2018 will run all day over two days on 5 and 6 June. School groups and organisations can nominate one or two days to perform. Each performance piece will be able to perform a number of times during the day and in the evening in Canberra Theatre; Courtyard Studio;

The Playhouse Reception Room; The Link Foyer; The Canberra Theatre Foyer 1 and 2; CMAG; CIVIC Square; Legislative Assembly Meeting Room.

Dramaturgs will visit your school twice before the Festival. Book NOW online to register your workshop and performance day.

Act Up – Student Fringe 2018 will provide a Stage Coordinator, and a Lighting /Sound operator. Each school or organisation will provide a student under 18 years to be the stage manager for their performance pieces.

Requirements for 10 minute plays:

  1. Performance pieces may include plays, movement or dance pieces and music. They must have a narrative but do not need to have a linear narrative. They can be developed for a variety of settings – Courtyard Studio; The Playhouse; Link Bar; Canberra Theatre Foyer South; The Playhouse VIP Room;
  2. All performances pieces are limited to 10 minutes.
  3. All performers must be aged between 13 and 18.
  4. We suggest that you appoint also a student Director for each piece with a teacher or senior student as Mentor/Producer.
  5. Each school or organization can enter a maximum of 3 items.
  6. Staff from the Canberra Theatre Centre will visit all schools entering to view the pieces. They will dramaturge the performance piece and run workshops to help develop the performance. The strongest pieces will be selected for the Festival.
  7. There will be limited time to plot technical requirements before each performance item and a full dress run for all performance pieces. The pieces will be performed in front of an audience on an hourly rotation basis with selected pieces performed on the Playhouse stage. The groups performing on the Playhouse stage will be informed well before the festival and they will be able to have a tech and dress rehearsal during the day.
  8. Groups performing in Canberra Theatre Foyer South and Link Bar will perform their pieces before the evening performance and during the interval.


Requirements for Drama and Movement performance pieces:

  1. Each drama production will have access to the following props – 1 Table, 4 Chairs. No additional furniture or large props may be used, unless approved by Canberra Theatre Centre staff.
  2. Each production is allowed to bring in any personal props (i.e. able to be carried on by a single person) required specifically for their production. However, all props must be approved prior to the heats. The performers or stage crew provided by the school only are permitted to set and strike these props (including the above mentioned table and chairs).
  3. Large pieces of set or props can only be used by arrangement. As the space backstage is limited, permission may have to be refused.
  4. Each production shall have access to the venue for their specified rehearsal time on the day of their performance to technically rehearse.
  5. Each stage manager must supply 3 copies of their group’s scripts to the Stage Co-ordinator before their technical rehearsal. One copy is for our file and must be unmarked. Two copies may be marked to include stage directions, such as lighting cues and sound cues.
  6. Any music or sound effects required should be supplied to the CTC lighting/sound operator before or at the technical rehearsal with a script clearly marked indicating where the cue is to be played. Audio files must be delivered on a usb stick, formatted for qlab3. You can download the free version of Qlab from com (mac only). Qlab gives you stereo output through the laptop headphone jack and a single video surface if required. The CTC technician on duty will quickly build a show file for each act.
  7. Lighting Design – this relates to the Courtyard Studio and The Playhouse only. Performance pieces in other venues will have limited opportunity for lighting changes with a simple flood lights ONLY.

Hints Keep it simple, keep it tight. Lighting the stage is about enhancing the actors; it is not a light show. In a 7 – 10 minute performance piece, avoid blackouts until the very end. They take up lots of your time and you lose the audience’s attention. Make good use of single spots and selected areas of the stage.

The stage in the Courtyard Studio will be broken up into 6 acting areas and washed using a standard McCandless[1] technique.

These areas are DSL, DSC, DSR, USL, USC, USR

These areas will be lit from behind and above in two colours:

L716 (Mikkel Blue) and L134 (Golden Amber)

The areas will be lit from the Front in the following colours:

L 203 (Half CT Blue) from OP side

L205 (Half CT Orange) from Prompt Side

In addition to these areas a side wash in L136 (Light Lavender) will cover the following areas:

From Prompt Side:                                          From OP:

DSL                                                                         DSR

DSC+DSR                                                             DSC+DSL

USL                                                                        USR

USC+USR                                                             USC+USR

Eight sharp focused specials from the front have been included in the rig in the following positions:

DSL (S1), DSC (S2), DSR (S3)

SL (S4), SC (S5), SR (S6)

USC (S7)
A single special from the rear is focused DSC (S2

Each group or school may include up to 2 additional crew members if their production requires them.

Dressing rooms will be allocated by the Canberra Theatre Centre staff; co-educational groups must be prepared to be split into single gender or gender non-specific dressing rooms and to share with other groups. Please remember that if you are performing in an outside venue or CMAG or the Assembly you may need to go outdoors between dressing rooms and the venue.

Any school or group presenting a piece involving prop weapons (replica or otherwise) must allocate a responsible adult as Armourer. The Armourer must be responsible for the weapon until the commencement of the performance of the individual play. Once the play has ended, the Armourer must immediately retrieve the weapon and remain responsible for it until the weapon has left the Courtyard Studio. No weapons can be stored at Canberra Theatre Centre.


Requirements for Music Performance

  1. All music performance must be acoustic in the nature with minor amplification of voice alone.
  2. All performers must be aged between 13 and 18
  3. All schools and organisations are limited to a 1 hour performance in which a number of groups can perform. If more than one school is scheduled to a performance space groups or soloists will be limited to 10 minutes.
  4. Each school or group is able to nominate a performance space in one of the following
    • The Link Foyer
    • The Canberra Theatre Foyer 1 and 2
    • CMAG
    • CIVIC Square
  5. There will be no capacity for pre-recorded music to be played in the performance space – for example as a backing track for singers.
  6. All copy written music must be approved for public performance by APRA – AMCOS and schools, organisations or individuals must apply. Canberra Theatre Centre will not be liable for any breech of copyright.
  7. There is an opportunity for Jazz Ensembles, String Quartets and similar groups to perform on the Playhouse stage in the night Performances.


Requirements for the Spoken Word Performance

  1. Spoken word is a performance art that is word based. It is an oral art that focuses on the aesthetics of word play and intonation and voice inflection. It is a ‘catchall’ which includes any kind of poetry recited aloud, including hip hopjazz poetrypoetry slams, traditional poetry readings, folk poetry, storytelling and can include comedy routines and ‘prose monologues
  2. Spoken Word performances will take place on stages in:
  • The Playhouse Reception Room
  • The Link Foyer
  • The Canberra Theatre Foyer 1 and 2
  • CMAG entrance
  • CIVIC Square
  • Legislative Assembly Meeting Room

These performances may be interspersed with music and movement performances or schools and organisations can book a space for a particular time slot.

  1. Minimal props and costumes may be used remembering that there may be no change room facilities available for these performance pieces. No sets or large props allowed.
  2. One microphone will be provided in each venue with no other facilities for sound. Schools and organisations may bring their own portable sound device which is limited to 60 watts.
  3. Permission must be obtained by the school, organisation or individual for any copyright work. Canberra Theatre Centre will not be liable for any breech of copyright.
  4. There may be an opportunity for a performance of the spoken word to be included in the evening Performances.


Requirements for Media

  1. Schools, organisation and individuals can submit video, digital art, and animation for selection.
  2. There is no theme and media work must be PG in content.
  3. Films and animations must be up to but no more than 2 minutes. If you have opening and closing titles you may increase the time by 10 seconds
  4. Digital art can be installed but schools, organisations and individuals must provide their own hardware and software. Hardware must have current tested and tagged certificate and Canberra Theatre Centre takes no responsibility for damage to equipment. All care will be taken to ensure the security of the installation but Canberra Theatre Centre will not be liable for any loss or damage.
  5. This is not a competition and no prizes will be awarded, however Canberra Theatre will select the media to be broadcast.
  6. Ensure that all content in your film (including footage, music, images, props, etc.) is your own. If you include any copyrighted content, you must be able to provide written permission for its use. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified. For more information on copyright go to:
  7. Entry fee is $5.00 per entry, and is open to all students in Canberra and surrounding region including South Coast NSW;
  8. All media must be in MP4 1920×1080 format on a USB drive
  9. All media must be submitted by 25 May 2018. Late entries will not be admitted


There is a $25 fee for each performance piece entered in Act Up – Student Fringe 2018. This includes all categories except Media where a $5.00 fee applies for each submission.


  • The Playhouse
  • Courtyard Studio
  • The Playhouse Reception Room
  • The Link Foyer
  • The Canberra Theatre Foyer 1 and 2
  • CMAG
  • CIVIC Square
  • Legislative Assembly Meeting Room

Performances in The Playhouse

School and organisations will be selected to perform in the Canberra Theatre as part of the dramaturgy process. The performances will be a selection of plays, music, movement and the spoken word and presented as a Gala Performance Night on each night. Before the Gala Performance and during interval, groups will perform in the Canberra Theatre Foyer and Link Bar.

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