Wyndham Theatre Company Creative Director, Alaine Beek, was successful in having her one-act play, Point of No Return win all three awards in the Open Section, at this year's National One-Act Playwright Competition, including:
First Place Judge’s Award for Scriptwriting
People’s Choice for Best Written Play
People’s Choice for Best Performed Play.
Alaine Beek, WTC President Alan Thompson and the Point of No Return Team
The competition is in its 15th year and run by Playhouse Players in Richmond.
Point of No Return was inspired from a 2007 trip to Tasmania, where Alaine stayed at Port Arthur to experience both their day and night tours. During this trip, she visited the boys' prison at the nearby Point Puer, and was fascinated by its history. When she returned, Alaine wrote a short play about the boys prison, and workshopped this with Grade Six primary school students at Werribee Primary school.
Forward to present-day, and Alaine's work with Werribee Secondary College's Drama Club productions saw her inspired about the unusual cohort of talented male students. During her searched for a play that would highlight the skills of the varying male actors, Point of Return was resurrected.
Point of No Return was performed to the school community in first semester of 2014. Working with Chris de Zeeuw, a talented actor and budding writer in his own right, allowed Alaine to apply some much-valued teenage input to the script.
Point of No Return was performed by the Werribee Secondary School Drama Club during the Playwright Festival 9-11 October 2014.
More Information about the Festival is available at PlayHousePlayers.org.au.
For more details on Essence Productions, visit www.essenceproductions.com.au
Point Puer Boys’ Prison is on a small island next to the well-known Port Arthur prison in Tasmania. In 1834, it was the first of its kind for the British Empire. The aim of the prison which housed boys between ages 12-18, was to rehabilitate them by providing some form of education. Life was very harsh as the boys were carefully guarded and punishments were severe. Most other prisons combined boys and men, with the result being that the boys ended up staying in prison for the rest of their lives or dying, with little hope of survival among adult criminals. This play centres on a group of boys who try to survive at Point Puer, and is based on the history of this small, but dark island.