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This festival will be a celebration of Australian theatre in the heart of The Hills. The theme for this inaugural event is Australian Voices, and the Pioneer Play Festival will be an exciting new program of performances, workshops and discussions. It will bring together theatre-makers, schools and communities from right across Sydney.

The Pioneer Play Festival is an exciting new opportunity to showcase the creativity and arts talents of The Hills Shire. The local artists will benefit from building their skills, networking and performance opportunities and the people of The Hills will get the chance to experience original Australian work. And all this will happen in the beautiful new Pioneer Theatre, situated in Castle Hill.

It will be held on 23rd to 24th November 2018 at the Pioneer Theatre, 14 Pennant St, Castle Hill.

The festival will also include the launch of Australia's newest play-writing competition, the Pioneer Play Awards.

The aim of this award is to encourage the development of new Australian theatre by rewarding an outstanding novice, up and coming or an established artist in two categories: Youth (aged 0 to 17 years), and Adult (aged 18 year plus). The awards will be presented by Mayor of The Hills, Dr Michelle Byrne. This will happen at a gala event which will include staged readings of the winning entries as well as a Mayoral reception on Friday, 23rd November.

Other highlights from the festival include:
Norm and Ahmed by Alex Buzo Friday, 23rd November, from 11:00 am till 12:00 noon. This is a special 50th-anniversary performance of Alex Buzo's controversial 1968 play about "tolerance, culture and generational change."

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

Boy Out of the Country by Felix Nobis - Saturday, 24th November, from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm, and also at 11:00 am.

This is the Sydney Premiere and an incredibly humorous and darkly observant glimpse at contemporary Australian families. Boy Out of the Country came out of the Melbourne Theatre Company Affiliate Writer's Scheme, and has been awarded the R. E. Ross Trust Script Development Award. It was originally written in Australian prose.

Tickets are $35 and you can book your tickets here.

Women's Voices in Theatre Friday, 23rd November, from 1:15 pm till 2:45 pm.

This interactive seminar will examine two Australian plays written by women. It will give expression to a female vision of human experience. The seminar will look at the differences between two Australian female playwrights from different contexts.

The plays covered will be Donna Abela's, Jump for Jordan and Joanna Murray-Smith's, Female of the Species.

These will be performed by professional actors and participants will benefit from seeing fully rehearsed scenes staged in the new Pioneer Theatre. They will also be able to discuss the creative process with the performers and director.

Tickets are $25 with student's tickets being $20 and you can book your tickets here.

Pioneer Play Awards 2018 - Friday, 23rd November, from 7:00 pm till 11:00 pm.

Cost is $50 and you can book your tickets here.

There are more events on for schools and you can see all the details of these at this link.

Kid's Creative Play - Saturday, 24th November, from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm in the Rebellion Room.

This program is designed for ages 4 to 12 years and will be a playground of children's performance and fun activations led by professional performers.

Cost is $5 and you can get your tickets at this link.

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Why? For a celebration of Australian Theatre
When: 23rd and 24th November 2018
Where: Pioneer Theatre, Castle Hill
Cost: Varies - see article
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