Crash Test Drama

Additional acting opportunities at the Arts Theatre Cronulla.

Crash Test Drama is a great way to try out and develop 10 minute plays. It also provides 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.

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Are you time poor - or just too bone idle to rehearse for weeks on end?

 Then the short-play format may be just the thing for you!

 Crash Test Drama is our year-round platform for actors (or for those who are yet to set foot on stage) who just want to spend a Sunday afternoon preparing and performing a 10-minute script.

 Or, if you’ve ever seen a play and thought, “Pfft, I could write better than that” - opportunity awaits!

We have launched many a budding author’s boat.  


There is a Facebook page where we post updates and announcements:  

Go there, like the page and receive notifications about the next event (it’s 23rd May).

Or, for more detailed information, email Graham at:


Our next Crash Drama event will be held on Sunday, 23rd May 2021.
Performances begin at 4pm.
There is a $5 entrance fee.
No booking required, tickets at the door.


A request for your views from Crash Test Drama Co-ordinator, Graham Yates

At Crash Test Round 1 we, rather unusually, had more actors than available roles. We had some feedback afterwards that it can be disappointing to turn up ready to act on the day and not get a role. 

The last thing we want is for Crash Test to be a discouragement for people, so we've been considering ways to cope with such a situation. 

One suggested option is to have a play on stand-by ready to be included to cope with extra actors. The problem with this is that having a larger number of plays makes it harder to get into the finals, but people may be happy to accept that variation so that actors have a greater chance of performing. 

Let Graham know if you have views one way or the other, so he can look at changing the structure if that’s what people want. 

Please email Graham Yates at or phone him on 0423 141 949.