Gi60 2015

Gi60 2015 Submission Deadline April 1st

Gi60 UK LIVE: 05 May 2015 (stage@leeds, Leeds)
Gi60 US LIVE: 11 - 13 June (Brooklyn College, New York)

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Call for Submissions for Gi60 #NextGen!

Last year, Gi60: The International One Minute Play Festival featured a brand new portion in the festival in New YorkGi60 #NextGen, and we are happy to announce that it is back again for a second round with play submissions now open!

The concept stays the same: one minute plays performed in succession by a group of actors, to be taped and posted on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. So what's different? The group of actors will be entirely comprised of the Next Generation: all of them ages 11-16. For this new portion we've teamed up with Acting Out!, Brooklyn's premier acting school, to bring 25 brand new one-minute plays to life. All we need are your words.
What are you waiting for? Sharpen your pencils, fire-up the laptops, and get to writing! Full rules and conditions below:
How To Apply: Gi60 is open to everybody; all you need is an idea and an internet connection. Since its inception in 2003, the Gi60 festival has premiered hundreds of new pieces of work written by people of all ages and backgrounds from around the world. So if you have and idea or something to say, why not write a play?

The Rules:
• Plays must last no longer than 60 seconds
• All work must be totally original and the author's own work
• All submissions must be sent by email and must include your name, address and location before the title of your workThe title of the play should appear in the subject line of the email
• Individuals may submit as many one minute plays as they wish (one submission only per email). PLEASE SEND EACH PLAY IN A SEPARATE FILE WITH THE TITLE OF THE PLAY IN THE SUBJECT LINE.
• Entries from schools must include the name of the school and a teacher's contact details in addition to the name of the author
• All submissions must be emailed to: Deadline: midnight, April 30th -
  (***Note that this is different from the deadline for submissions for Gi60 US/UK/NZ festivals: email address for submissions for Gi60 US/UK/NZ is, and that deadline is April 1, 2015)
Terms and conditions:
• Copyright remains with the author
• Plays will only be performed as part of 'Gi60 (Gone in 60 Seconds#NextGen'
• Plays lasting longer than 60 seconds will not be considered.
• The organizers may use individual plays to promote the Gi60 festival for a period of one year after the festival
• Final play selection will be announced sometime in early May, 2015. Playwrights will be contacted via email to be informed of the selections. 
•  There is no submission fee or payment for selected plays
•  The organizers reserve the right to cut scripts where necessary
- Performances for Gi60 #NextGen 2014 will take place the weekend of June 12th with performances at Acting Out! and the New Workshop Theater at Brooklyn College (Both in Brooklyn, NY)

Gi60 is nothing without the imagination, skills and enthusiasm of our writers - and for this we thank you!!

Vera Khodasevich
General Manager, Acting Out!

Monday, 23 February 2015

“You can’t write anything of any worth in one minute!”

“You can’t write anything of any worth in one minute!”
Over the last decade I have read in excess of 5,000 one minute plays, many have been awful, some worse than awful and some just a selection of words connected together without form or meaning. Over this period I have heard the same phrase, or a variant of it, trotted out by various writers, critics and ‘theatre people’  - “You can’t write anything of any worth in one minute!”. There seems to be in some quarters a feeling that length somehow equates to quality. This has always struck me as odd. Why are some people so scared about the humble one minute play. The argument that no serious writer would work in such a form is obviously without merit, Samuel Beckett had no problem with short works ‘Breath’ lasts less than 30 seconds and Ernest Hemingway’s brilliant flash fiction six word novel:
‘For sale: Baby shoes, never worn’   
Speaks for itself. Of the 5,000 plus one minute plays I have read, the majority are ‘okay’ a few are good, even fewer are excellent and a tiny proportion are truly special. The one minute play format is like any artistic challenge, it’s not about the form, it’s about the artist and what they create.
When I now hear or read “You can’t write anything of any worth in one minute!” I now just silently think “well, maybe you can’t but Meron Langsner, Dwayne Yancey, Mark Harvey Levine, Sean Burn, Helen Elliott, Luke Galloway and many, many others can and have.
Writing a one minute play is like any other art form, with techniques and skills to learned and honed. So… Don’t be scared by your own self imposed predjudice and maybe you’ll find with a little practice that you too can write something of worth in one minute.

Gi60 2015 is now accepting submissions. or follow our facebook group for full information

Gi60 UK 2015 pays now available on you Tube

Hi Guys,
thank you for your immense patience but the 2014 UK videos are now on line thanks to the mammoth efforts of our resident video god Christopher. the footage is unfortunately much darker than we would ideally like but is perfectly watchable (esecially on a decent sized monitor). Gui60 UK 2015 has a new venue and with it we should also be able to provide a major boost to the quality of the Gi60 UK videos and the speed at which they become available.

Thank you again for your patience.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Gi60 2015 - 150 Plays - Three Continents - One World: Now Accepting submissions

Monday, 29 September 2014

Gi60 2014 Live US Edition Videos Now Available for Viewing!

We're delighted to announce that all plays from Gi60 2014 Live US: 10th Anniversary Edition are now available for viewing on YouTube! See all fifty original plays, and the 30 plays chosen for the "Best Of" 10 years of Gi60 US!  Please "Like" them, share them, and post them on your social media pages. Help Gi60 hit 100,000 views - and beyond! (stay tuned for postings of Gi60 2014 Live UK videos - we'll announce at this site).

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Gi60 Celebrates Playwright Mark Harvey Levine

Longtime contributor to both Gi60 US and UK, playwright Mark Harvey Levine has just celebrated his 1000th production of his plays!  Congratulations to Mark, and we're delighted to celebrate Gi60's 1000th production of a play with him!

Gi60: The Full History

Gi60: a One Minute History Gi60: The One Minute Play Festival was created by Steve Ansell, artistic director of ScreamingMediaProductions in 2003. At that time Steve was the Associate Director and head of New Writing at Harrogate Theatre, North Yorkshire, UK. Steve was curating a writing festival and looking for ways to offer more opportunity for writers to have their work staged. The idea of staging a one minute play festival was actually thanks to Christopher Durang and his anthology 27 Short Plays which contains a play titled 'One Minute Play' which Durang was commissioned to write for a one minute play festival. His play actually lasts over two minutes as he found the parameters limiting. It was for this reason that the first Gi60 was actually a two minute play festival called 120 Seconds which was presented as part of the 2003 Harrogate Theatre Write On festival. 120 Seconds was a huge success with both writers and audiences and so in 2004, enthused by the reaction to 120 seconds the first 'Gone In Sixty Seconds' (Gi60) was presented. Almost 90 one minute plays were performed in two separate shows, one show for family audiences and one for more adult themed material. Once again the shows were a huge success with extra performances hastily arranged as the studio space housing the event couldn't accommodate the audience numbers.

Although the 2004 show was very successful it had become clear that a single show with fewer plays would be more manageable, however, a reduction in the number of shows would have meant less opportunities for writers. With this in mind and inspired by his own phones ability to shoot about one minute of video, Steve approached long time colleague and fellow Director Rose Burnett Bonczek at Brooklyn College in New York to see if she would host a New York One Minute Play festival under the Gi60 name and record the entire event on Video. The plan would be to each present 50 one minute plays, record them and then upload them to a website for viewing and download by writers, friends, family and the general public.

Both shows were a massive success and both were recorded. A site and domain name were purchased and software uploaded (beating the official launch of You Tube by five months). Over the years we have undergone a number of changes. The UK show moved from the Harrogate Theatre studio to the Theatres main stage and is now has its home at The Viaduct Theatre in Halifax where Steve is an associate artist. In 2008 we moved the Gi60 Archive to You Tube and the Gi60 channel has received over 20,000 hits since that time. In 2010 we hosted our first themed Gi60 as part of the Halifax Ghost Story Festival 'G(hosts)i60', this was also notable as it was the first time that both Steve and Rose had directed together and featured a cast drawn from both UK and US actors.

Gi60 is always evolving and their have been a number of things have changed since the first International Gi60 in 2005, however, the key elements that make Gi60 so distinctive, successful and emulated remain the same.

· Gi60 is open to anybody, of any age and from anywhere

· Gi60 is free to enter and there is no fee for participating

· All our cast, crew and supporters give their time voluntarily

· All plays are recorded and made available on line

· Copyright remains with the author

· Plays can be about any subject as long as they are original

We are extremely proud of the Gi60 format and the creative community of writers, performers and artists that has grown up around the event. The fact that so many other one minute festivals using the Gi60 format have sprung up in recent years is fantastic news for writers and further proof of the popularity of the one minute form and the effectiveness of the Gi60 format.