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Ryga Festival

Summerland's Arts Festival, 

Inspired by George Ryga

10-Minute Play Winners Performed

 Sunday, September 3, at 1:00, in the IOOF Hall in Summerland. 

In May of 2017 the Ryga Festival Society launched its first 10-minute play competition. Playwrights in the Okanagan Valley Regional Library service area were invited to submit original, unproduced plays that could be performed in 10 minutes or less.

“The response to this year's 10-Minute Play Contest is incredibly encouraging,” said Heather Davies, Ryga Festival Artistic Director, “It was wonderful to see the number and range of plays submitted. I look forward to directing the readings of the top 5 plays during the Ryga Festival and celebrating the creativity of these writers.”

Davies will direct the top 5 plays in a performance at the Playwrights' Cabaret on Sunday, September 3rd. 

Here are the winning plays and playwrights:

  • “The Proposal” by Kilmeny MacMichael (1st Place)
  • “Summerland Appellation” by Don Gayton (2nd Place)
  • “Growing Up Vernon” by Linda Beaven (Tie for 3rd Place)
  • “Snow Globe” by Keyanna Burgher (Tie for 3rd Place)
  • “Good Old Summerland” by Sophia Jackson (Honourable Mention)

The winning plays receive cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25. 


Three individuals with ties to literature, theatre, and community, agreed to read and rank the plays. Our gratitude to these outstanding judges:

  • Sue Kline, Community Librarian, Summerland Branch, Okanagan Regional Library
  • Kevin Loring, Artistic Director, Indigenous Theatre, National Arts Centre
  • Heather Davies, Artistic Director, Ryga Festival

The judges received the plays with the playwrights' names removed. Each play was assigned a number, and judges were asked to choose their top five. Their choices were compiled to come up with the winning plays.