ALL STARS: Matthew Heinenamm, Michael Doyle and Heather Garnham will be representing Dalby this weekend.
ALL STARS: Matthew Heinenamm, Michael Doyle and Heather Garnham will be representing Dalby this weekend.

Looking for some laughs? No dramas

WE ALL know an office drama queen or have a friend who is overly dramatic.

If that's the case, they won't want to miss out on what's in store this weekend.

Budding actors from across the southwest corner of Queensland will converge on the storied Little Players Theatre for the 24th Dalby Drama Festival.

Little Players president Adele Jasper said theatre groups loved travelling to Dalby for the event.

"We are very excited that teams from right across the region will perform their plays in Dalby this weekend,” Mrs Jasper said.

"Productions will come from as far away as Roma, enhancing our festivals reputation.

"There will be some really talented amateur actors and the festival will be well worth attending.”

Mrs Jasper said the Dalby players had prepared tirelessly for the show and were excited to harvest the fruits of their labour.

"Our Dalby group will perform the two plays we unveiled to the community a fortnight ago,” she said.

"A lot of hard work, hours of rehearsals and behind the scenes efforts have gone into hopefully making this week's festival a success.

"Judging by the solid turnout we got a fortnight ago, we believe this weekends festival will be well received by our fellow theatre groups and the community.”

Dalby Herald's own Michael Doyle is directing one of the plays, The Last Chance Saloon, and is eagerly anticipating his debut in the hot seat.

"After being involved earlier this year with the Little Players Theatre, I wanted to maintain my involvement in some capacity,” Mr Doyle said.

"So it was suggested to me that I direct a play at the festival.

"It has been a steep learning curve; directing was much harder than I thought it would be but it was a challenge that I have enjoyed.”

Mr Doyle said the best part about being involved with the theatre was the friendships he made and sharing a passion with like-minded people.

He believes his play will thoroughly entertain guests this weekend.

"The play that I'm directing sends the audience on a bit of a twist and turn for 30 minutes,” he said.

"It has plenty of humorous moments but there is a serious undercurrent which I believe touches the emotions of each person who watches it.”

Sessions for the Dalby Drama Festival will be held tomorrow, at 2pm and 7pm, as well as Sunday at 10am.

Tickets are $10 a session.