Bareboards and

Crash Test Drama

Additional acting opportunities at the Arts Theatre Cronulla.

Bareboards and

Crash Test Drama

Additional acting opportunities at the Arts Theatre Cronulla.

Bareboards began in late 2010 as a way to provide members with additional acting opportunities in addition to the mainstream plays. Not all members have the time to dedicate to a mainstream play, which is about 5 months. There are those times when members are just not right for the parts available, so it can be a long time between gigs.

Our aim is to provide opportunities for members to view interesting work, get involved in smaller productions as techies, stage managers, actors and to present their own works as writers and directors.


Bareboards is open to all ATC members. Non-financial members are also welcome to submit their plays or register their interest to direct or act, however if chosen, you will be required to become a financial member of the Arts Theatre Cronulla. The membership fee is $25. Payable once your involvement is confirmed.


2010 - Bareboards put on a 5-day run of "Shoehorn Sonata", which was a huge success.

2015 - Bareboards launched the Voices Project, a complete performance of eight 10 minute plays all written and performed by Arts Theatre Cronulla members, to much acclaim.

2016 - Bareboards upped the ante by performing 4 x half-hour plays, all written and performed by members, in the project titled "Half and Half", performed in September 2016. 

2017 - Bareboards presented a 4-night run of the one man play 'I Am My Own Wife' by Doug Wright based on his conversations with German Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. Wright received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this work.

2018 - Bareboards presents "PLAYtime" - a selection of 6 original, short plays written, directed & performed by Arts Theatre Cronulla members.


2019 - Bareboards presents "Time to Shine:  3 original short plays, each under 30 minutes in length, written, directed & acted by ATC members.

Crash Test Drama is a great way to try out and develop 10 minute plays. It also provide opportunities for actors and directors to practice their craft while the writers learn more about the art of writing for the stage.

If you or someone you know would like to write a short (10 minute) script and see it performed on stage, contact Graham Yates for details on how we can make it happen.

Anyone who would like to try their hand at directing a short piece is also encouraged.

Anyone (experienced or newcomer) who wants to try acting can turn up on the day at 2pm for the chance to be cast in one of the short plays. There is some rehearsal time, for about 90 minutes, then the pieces are performed while reading from the script - no lines to remember!

All participants must become Theatre members, which can be processed on the day.

Writers and Directors: Contact Graham Yates on 0423 141 949 or via email.

Actors: Just show up on the day at 2pm for casting.

CRASH TEST DRAMA will be back with a new selection of plays for the first show of the year

on Sunday, 28th February 2021!

Currently, COVID restrictions allow for a 75% capacity, which should be sufficient to accommodate

everyone on the day.

ACTORS: Note the date to keep it free for your glorious return to the stage. CRASH TEST DRAMA is the

perfect opportunity for people with little or even zero experience of acting, so if you know of anyone who

would like to try it out, spread the word and get more people involved.

DIRECTORS: Anyone who would like to direct one of the plays is encouraged to send an email to Graham at: so you can be added to a list of potential directors. Anyone who is interested in the process of directing but has no experience is welcome to accompany one of the directors on the day – just send an email to Graham.

WRITERS: You’d better start writing now – yes, there’s 8 weeks to the first show, but no-one procrastinates more than a writer! One play has already been submitted, so there’s only 5 slots left!

Send your scripts to:

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