All things spooky, scary and superstitious will be explored this weekend with the opening of the 31st annual Workshorts production.
Six original plays written and performed by Illawarra locals are on offer at the Wollongong Workshop Theatre in Gwynneville, with the opening night of Friday the 13th leading to this year's theme - superstition and the number 13.
"The works are written specially for Workshorts, and they all have to relate somehow to the theme," producer Megan Harding said.
"The production is to showcase short plays, from both new writers and experienced writers. It's about giving everyone a go."
That spirit of inclusion is best embodied by the play The Number After 12. Written and performed by Headway, a group with acquired brain injuries, the play centres on triskaidekaphobia - fear of the number 13.
"The group has been meeting for about four years, and they did a play in Workshorts last year and wanted to do it again this year," said director Juliet Scrine, of the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company. "It was a serious one last year, so this time it's a comedy. We've been working since April."
The six plays, featuring the talents of 26 Illawarra thespians, run at the Wollongong Workshop Theatre from September 13-28.
For tickets or more information on Workshorts, call 4225 9407 or visit trybooking.com.