The festival is open to performances of up to 50 minutes of any genre, style or author.
TheatreFest Southland co-ordinator Jade Gillies said local heats would be held on August 5 and 6 at Repertory House, in Invercargill.
Regional finals would then be held, ahead of the national final at SIT Centrestage Theatre on September 9 and 10 hosted by The House Series.
Gillies said several groups had indicated they would be entering the local heat, including Wakatipu High School, which won overall best production at last year’s national final for Bang Bang You’re Dead.
Participating in the festival was a really enjoyable experience, he said.
‘‘It’s a great way of meeting new people… challenging yourself and getting out there on the stage, or backstage if that’s what you prefer to do.’’
Verdon College Year 11-13 pupils Chelsea Cosgrove, Mikaela Goodall, Tilly van Eeden, Liam van Eeden, Travis Oudhoff and Henry McIntyre will also be entering a short Shakespearean-themed performance.
The group won the Russell Armitage Award for outstanding presentation of a tragedy at the national Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in Wellington at Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
Tilly said their piece was about five minutes long and was based on Macbeth.
‘‘We’ve just sort of taken different parts from the play and compiled them into one piece,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s not traditional Shakespeare, but it’s still in keeping with the main themes and the main characters.’’
Chelsea said the festival was a chance for people to show their creativity.
‘‘It’s also one of the only opportunities to do straight drama as well,’’ Travis said. Í Entries close on July 2. For more information go towww.theatrenewzealand.co. nz, or email oneactfest@