Places are limited, entries close 30 June 2023.

What is a One Act Play Festival?

Each year, across South East Queensland, there is a flurry of thespian activity as small and large theatre groups select a one-act play, audition and cast the required actors and rehearse intently to create the very best possible production of that play.

Each Festival hosts an average of 15 – 20 plays across intermediate or open sections, with a wide range of awards available to be won. Every Festival chooses an Adjudicator to judge the entries, with the awards session always a highly anticipated event.

Festivals are held as far away as Dalby, south to Beenleigh and north to the Sunshine Coast with the season running from June to September. Some plays are entered into all Festivals, some only to one or two, but regardless of the number all speak of the fun, friendliness and rewards that are gained.

For 67 years now, we have welcomed theatre groups from around the state and country to compete in our One Act Play Festival. On the weekend of 11-13 August 2023, Ipswich Little Theatre will once again host one of the longest-running festivals of its type in Australia (and the Southern Hemisphere – for that matter).

We are proud that our Festival has a reputation of being one of the friendliest and best organised on the South East Queensland Theatre Festival circuit and hope to welcome you as an entrant or patron this year.

Learn about this year’s Adjudicator, Allana Noyes, here

Would you like to be a 2023 Festival Sponsor?

We could not bring this Festival to the stage without the generous support of our community. Being a sponsor is easy and rewarding. Anyone can do it! For as little as $5.00 (or as much as you like), you can help us cover the costs of putting on this wonderful event, or perhaps even choose to contribute to funding one of our prizes. If you would like more information about sponsorship, you can email us at or click on the link below to make a contribution. We are grateful for any support you care to give.