Newmarket's International Festival


 One-Act Plays 

Sept 10th, 11th & 12th, 2020

atThe Old Town Htll 

Submissions are closed.

We are now looking for Directors, Actors, Crew and General Volunteers.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted a play for review, but due to the volume of submissions, we can no longer accept new plays. We've already got a lot of plays to read before we can narrow it down

Stay tuned! Follow us on Facebook for updates, and thanks again!

A scene from the 2019 Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays of ‘The Next Ivan Sharansky’, written by playwright Jim Geoghan and featuring Robert McNeeley and Laurie Laing.

Photo courtesy of Greg King

The Newmarket's International Festival of  One-Act Plays,  is looking for Director, Actors & Volunteers. 

By John Dowson and Rod Urquhart/Special

World-class theatre — in historic downtown Newmarket -- three nights, six plays one stage, September 10, 11 and 12, 2020 at the up-to-date Old Town Hall. It’s the Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays coming soon. Before the theatre explore first- class dining on charming Main street, apre theatre sample Newmarket’s own craft beer.

And for this World-Class event, the host Very Useful Theatre Company has now opened the doors and is looking for directors, actors and volunteers. Inquire at: (The VUTC has received more than 80 scripts, now before its Play Reading Committee).

Hollywood actors Carl and Ida brilliantly played by Robert McNeely and Laurie Laing and directed by Patricia O’Hare in last year’s hilarious comedy ‘The Next Ivan Sharansky,’ written by famed Los Angeles Playwright Jim Geoghan. This big hit in last year’s festival McNeely and Laing will reprise their roles in the further adventures of Carl and Ida in two new plays penned by Geoghan in 2020. 

New this year is a Matinee Theatre for a Young Audiences’ production, featuring emerging young actors. 

Getaway and spend the weekend with us exploring the quaint Main street, fine dining representing 10 countries from around the world, enjoy a drink on the patio of Cachet Restaurant overlooking magnificent Fairy Lake. Packages and Weekend Festival Passes are available with group rates and discounts. 

Tyrone Guthrie, the English Theatrical director and one of the founders of the Stratford festival in Canada, said, "We are looking for ideas large enough to be afraid of again." 

The 2020 festival is now looking for actors and directors, and volunteer. Submit resumes to 

Break a leg!!!

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Festival Volunteers


Interested in Theatre but not as an actor, playwright, or director? The Very Useful Theatre Company is seeking Volunteers to support the third annual One-Act Play Festival.  Let us know how much time you have, we are seeking all levels of support, a few hours once or a full Festival support position.

No experience necessary!

We support High School Volunteer hours as well.


 “We would like acknowledge that the Town of Newmarket is located over lands originally used and occupied by the First Peoples of the Williams Treaties First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples and thank them for sharing this land. We would also like to acknowledge the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation as our close neighbour and friend, one that we strive to build a co-operative and respectful relationship with”.

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