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We are a not-for profit community theatre group based in Cairns,  Australia.  Tropical Arts engages with and celebrates diversity in our community through the medium of theatre.

Tropical Arts Association Inc. specializes in inclusive community theatre, with members reflecting our community’s diversity. Professional theatre makers engage with our community to make highly creative, collaborative productions. We aim to make theatre opportunities accessible to everyone, whether professional actors or someone wanting a new experience.

Since the Association formed in 2007, over 15,000 people have attended our workshops and performances. Tropical Arts signature production for the past 15 years is ‘Shakespeare at the Tanks’. This annual mainstage production is supported by our major partners, ARC Disability Services and Tanks Arts Centre. We make William Shakespeare’s plays relevant and real to contemporary audiences. Our audiences see people like them, creating the world of our plays.

Tropical Arts is host to

the 65th Annual Far North Queensland Amateur Theatrical Association One Act Play Festival.

FNQATA One Act Play Festival 2022

at Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, from Sept 30 to Oct 2.

The FNQATA One Act Play Festival includes two nights of short one-act plays by performers from throughout our region supported by professional adjudication. The Festival includes loads of comedy, original plays by Tropical Arts playwrights, as well as creative and diverse world views.

Festival Program Here.

Bulmba-ja Arts Centre’s, the Hungry Pitcher will open at 6pm for thirsty folk with the performances starting at 7pm on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October. Performance bookings are available through Try-booking.

Performances: Friday 30 September & Saturday 1 October

Venue: Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, 96 Abbott St, Cairns

Price: $15 per evening performance (not including booking fee)

Time: Doors/ Bar 6pm : Show 7pm

Rating: PG


FNQATA 2022 One Act Play Festival Program

The Festival combines performances with professional theatre training workshops designed for students as well as open workshops for anyone of any background or experience.  These will be held on Friday, 30th September and Sunday 2nd October at Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, 96 Abbott St, Cairns.

One Act Play Festival Professional Theatre (Acting) Training Workshops:

Shakespeare Workshop              

Date & Time: Friday Sept 30th ~ 9am to 3pm

Price: $20

Open-age Acting Skills Workshops                 

Date & Times: Sunday October 2 ~ 9am to 12pm and 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Price: $10 each session (morning or afternoon)

Professional Theatre Training Workshops REGISTER HERE

Alternatively you can contact secretary.tropicalarts@gmail.com to register your interest. Payments can be made at the workshops.

Audio-visual records are being made of the workshops. All workshop participants are requested to provide permission for them to be included in photographs and other recordings. Tropical Arts membership includes this permission. If you are not a member, please download and complete a Talent Release Form and get your parent/ legal guardian to sign if you are under 18 or as required. Please bring this form with you or pick one up at the workshop. We want to include everyone so please let us know if you cannot be in our photo’s.

We would be grateful for your feedback as a workshop participant. Workshop Participant Feedback.

Tropical Arts depends on our community to keep producing inclusive community theatre. Your feedback about your experience of the FNQATA 2022 One Act Play Festival is important to us.

Festival Audience Feedback.

For more information contact the Festival Coordinator president.tropicalarts@gmail.com .

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