Attack of the Killer Shorts: one-act plays by students

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Purple Shorts poster

Watch out, Western " they’re purple, they’re short and they’re coming for you this October.

Theatre Western’s Purple Shorts One-Act Play Festival is making a huge theatrical entrance for the sixth year in a row with the theme “Attack of the Killer Shorts” " just in time for Halloween.

The festival spans two nights and includes seven plays written, directed and performed by Western students. Each production runs for approximately 20 minutes each.

Theatre Western co-ordinator, Alex Paterson, says he’s acted in Purple Shorts for three years and what he loves most is seeing what people can come up with.

“There are no rules. A bunch of people, who have never worked together create art from the tips of their fingers,” Paterson says.

Paterson also points out most of the actors, and some of the directors, are only first-year students, yet they show such talent and eagerness that they inspire and encourage people into the world of the performing arts.

Assistant co-ordinator, Kate Rebry, says the short time provided to put this festival together is challenging. However, she enjoys working with every member of the crew and describes the time spent as very rewarding. She says there’s nothing more satisfying than the success that follows the hard work.

According to Paterson and Rebry, Western is going to be very impressed. “This year is a fresh start. New things are planned, new ideas, funny and blunt " it’s a big pool of creativity,” Paterson says.

Purple Shorts runs this Thursday and Friday at 9:30 p.m. at The Wave. Tickets are $5 at InfoSource or $7 at the door. Visit for more information.

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