Women take centre stage at this year's 1-Act Festival

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      Strong female voices abound at the 1-Act Festival, the annual celebration of play innovations put on by SHIFT Theatre. This year, the festival focuses on work created by women, including performer-playwright Stephanie Izsak’s Swan Song, a darkly comic musical, and writer-performer Keara Barnes’s Almost a Stepmom, a 2015 Victoria Fringe Festival fave drawn from her time living in Dublin. There’s much more, including musical guests and workshops, Thursday to Saturday (May 26 to 28) at the Firehall Arts Centre.