FRESH FACED FESTIVAL ARRIVING FAST
Under the direction of 2011 Helpman nominee Lucas Stibbard (Boy Girl Wall), the Festival of Australian Student Theatre (FAST) will run from 3 to 5 October at Queensland University of Technology’s Creative Industry Precinct at Kelvin Grove with a lineup of over 38 productions.
FAST is an annual national theatre festival based in Brisbane. The festival collaborates with young artists from across the country, as well as including locals from Brisbane and interstate artists from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
With the festival in its fifth year, newly appointed Artistic Director Lucas Stibbard has introduced an entirely new structure for the event with a variety of pilot programs.
Stibbard said their initiative has generated a revitalised buzz for the festival. One of the pilot programs has seen FAST inviting secondary school students from Queensland Academy of Creative Industries and a secondary group from Toowoomba to perform their work in the festival.
“This year will be a new beginning for FAST, we have the largest festival yet, and it is three days of the festival with great shows, great conversations and a great atmosphere,” said Stibbard.
“I like to call it ‘Hogwarts for drama nerds’ – the place where the future of Australian Theatre come to meet minds, exchange ideas and share their work.”
Tickets for FAST will go on sale soon, and can be purchased online via La Boite’s website.