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A Message to Our Supporters

These are indeed strange and frightening times we are experiencing right now and it is important for us to stick together as a community, both artistically and geographically.  Everything seems to be uncertain and up-in-the-air but at some point it will end and when it does we will come back together to be more creative and supportive than ever. With that in mind, we are going ahead with the planning of the London One Act Festival which is scheduled to take place November 4 to 7, 2020. We know that things can change, but in the meantime we encourage you to put on your thinking caps, apply pen to paper or fingers to keyboard (remembering to wipe it down) and  write that play you've always meant to produce. We'll be here looking forward to reading it. Until then, please keep safe and healthy. 

Sincerely the London One Act Festival.

The Main Event

WHAT

The London One Act Festival is a local four day festival of short plays of any genre running 30 minutes or less.


The plays are presented twice, with two nights of previews and two nights of adjudication. 

WHEN

NOVEMBER 4 - 7, 2020

8 p.m. nightly 

(doors open at 7:30 with musical entertainment)


WHERE:

The Auburn Theatre
The Grand Theatre
471 Richmond Street
London, Ont. N6A 3E4
CANADA 

Box Office: (519) 672-8800


CALL FOR SCRIPTS:

Please scroll down the page to find information for playwrights about submitting scripts for consideration.


Tickets will be available early October.

Adjudicator to be announced

About Us

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Over 20 Years of LOAF

The London One Act Festival (LOAF) began in 1999 with seven plays at the Old Factory Theatre. In 2000 the festival moved to The McManus Studio in the Grand Theatre.

As well as growing in length and number of performances, the Festival has also expanded its focus to encompass more of London's artistic community, including displays of artwork by area artists and preshow musical entertainment provided by local entertainers. 

The Festival attracts people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds who are interested in the chance to have their work - acting directing, writing, technical skills - appreciated by a diverse audience in a creative environment. 

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Festival Framework

The festival consists of two nights of previews and two nights of adjudicated performances. The professional adjudication gives the performers, writers and directors an opportunity to learn from the experience. 

A workshop for participants takes place on the Sunday of the festival, followed by an awards ceremony. Each year the awards are made by local artisans. In the past we have had a blacksmith, potter, metal worker and painter create unique and cherished mementos. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT LOAF IS NOT A PROFIT MAKING ENTERPRISE AND IS RUN BY VOLUNTEERS. ANY MONIES FROM TICKET SALES ARE USED TO FUND THE FESTIVAL.  

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Committee Members

 MARIDON DUNCANSON

Administrative Director

A veteran committee member, Maridon enjoys interacting with the writers, performers and audience. 


SOOKIE MEI

Arts Coordinator

Sookie contributes her theatre expertise, curates the artwork and engages local musicians.


DEBRA CHANTLER

Technical Director

Debra oversees technical requirements, organizes the casts and maintains sanity.


CAMERON JOHNSON

Technical Assistant

Cameron caught the theatre bug performing in LOAF and has since been a great asset, helping out in a number of capacities.


As always remembering our dear friend, Lesleigh Turner.

Calling All Playwrights

Submission Details

WHAT

The festival, located in London, Ontario in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, is looking for short plays of any genre running 30 minutes or less.  Original scripts are encouraged. The number of plays accepted will be dictated by the total performance time.  Competitors are responsible for acquiring rights to plays and paying any royalties.  The London One Act Festival reserves the right to decline or accept material based on length, genre or graphic nature of subject material.  There is a $50.00 registration fee, which is refunded depending on box office receipts.  

Cheques will be returned to groups not selected. For those plays accepted, the registration money may be refunded, depending on ticket sales, at the end of the festival. Accepted plays that are withdrawn by the directors after the orientation date (TBA) will not have their registration fee refunded.  


PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS 

Participants must provide their own cast, crew, etc. The London One Act Festival and the Auburn Theatre will provide basic lighting, dressing room space, technical support, and front of house staff. MINIMAL SETS AND MINIMAL TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS are essential. To keep the sets to a minimum, sharing of set pieces among groups is encouraged.

The time limit of 30 minutes must be strictly adhered to. The London One Act Festival will look after ticket sales, posters, programs, publicity and adjudication.  


SCHEDULE

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1, 2020

Registration form/details will be forthcoming.

All supporting material must also be submitted by that date (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE REGISTRATION FEE). Successful applicants will be notified by August 15. 


Orientation Meeting: Mid-September/Early October

Technical rehearsals: November 1, 2020 

November 2 and 3: Dress rehearsals

November 4 and 5 : Preview performances

November 6 and 7:  November 6 and 7

November 8: Workshop and awards ceremony

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2019 Award Winners

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The awards were created by Cora Linden and presented by adjudicator Trevor Smith Diggins

Outstanding Supporting Actor - David Boegart, Beneath the Matala Moon
Outstanding Supporting Actress - Shelley Levi, Corner Cafe Coffee House
Outstanding Actor - Rob Deman, Beneath the Matala Moon
Outstanding Actress - Elizabeth Dundas - PEP!
Outstanding Original Script - PEP! by Michael Johnson
Outstanding Director - Mary Ann Ciuciura - In The Tank
Outstanding Production - In The Tank
Special Adjudicator's Award (Ensemble) - Beneath the Matala Moon
Special Adjudicator's Award (Comedy Duo) - Jim Kelch and Jason Freeman - In The Tank

Lesleigh’s Loafie (People’s Choice Award) – In The Tank

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