Short+Sweet Dubai Gala Final 2013

PERFECT STILLNESS WINS FIRST EVER SHORT+SWEET DUBAI THEATRE FESTIVAL

Perfect Stillness, a moving and funny tale of a husband struggling to write a eulogy for his wife, swept the awards at the Gala Final of the first ever Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival, presented by Marina Home, 7DAYS and Emirates NBD, at DUCTAC on Saturday night.

Written by Jane Miller, Perfect Stillness won both major awards at the festival - Best Overall Production, as chosen by the judges, as well as the People’s Choice Award for the audience’s favourite play.

Aswathi Menon, who played Annie, also won Best Actress, while Rohit Prakash, who played the husband Tim, won Best Actor Runner-Up. The production was beautifully directed by Rashmi Kotriwala and also starred Majoe Mathew as Harrison.

The Best Actor award went to Mathivanan Rajendram, who travelled all the way from Chennai, for his portrayal of a hapless actor in The Lost Audition, presented by Stray Factory.

While the Best Actress Runner-up went to Niloofar Farzaneh for her hilarious portrayal of the feisty Mimi in No.22.

Best Director went to Sadia Noori for her powerful productions of The Others for Theatrewallas Productions while Dubai Drama Group’s Clifford Single won Best Script for his dark comedy, Friends and Colleagues.

The Others also finished second in the People’s Choice while Third Half Theatre’s production of I Am, written and directed by talented local writer-director Sanjeev Dixit came in third.

Best New Talent for the Festival was awarded to Sanjit Chakravarty, a student of the American School of Dubai, for his stunning performance as a young man trying to find The secret to making the perfect aloo paratha.

Saturday night was the climax of Dubai’s first ever Short+Sweet Festival, which is the largest ten-minute play festival in the world and is already established in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and India.

The Gala Final featured the best eleven plays as chosen by the Judge’s and the Audience from the over 50 ten-minute plays presented at DUCTAC over the past fortnight.

Many of Dubai’s top local theatre groups were represented on the night with Backstage, Dubai Drama Group, Third Half Theatre and Theatrewallas Productions all having productions in the Gala.

Alex Broun, Festival Director of the Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival, said he was delighted with the festival’s launch in the U.A.E.

“Short+Sweet Dubai was a huge hit and the response to our inaugural festival has been better than we could have ever hoped for”, said Broun.

“With over 200 local actors, writers and directors taking part in the Festival its clear the local theatre community has already taken Short+Sweet Dubai to its heart.

“And with audiences nearing 2000 over the fortnight its clear local theatre-goers were also delighted by what they were seeing on stage.”

“Short+Sweet is now firmly established in Dubai and will definitely become an annual event. We have already begun plans to make our next Festival in 2014 bigger and better.”

“We also want to thank our wonderful sponsors Marina Home, 7DAYS, Emirates NBD, DIFF, The Kreative Company and all the staff at DUCTAC for making the festival a success and supporting local theatre in Dubai. Giving a platform to local actors, writers and director in Dubai is one of Short+Sweet’s primary goals which we clearly achieved in this festival.”

The full list of award winners from last night is as follows:

SHORT+SWEET DUBAI 2013 GALA FINAL AWARD WINNERS

BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION:                   Perfect Stillness

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:                           Perfect Stillness

BEST ACTOR:    Mathivanan Rajendran (The Lost Audition)

BEST ACTRESS:                  Aswathi Menon (Perfect Stillness)

BEST ACTOR RUNNER-UP:          Rohit Prakash (Perfect Stillness)

BEST ACTRESS RUNNER-UP: Niloofar Farzaneh (No.22)

BEST DIRECTOR:              Sadia Noori (The Others)

BEST SCRIPT:    Clifford Single (Friends and Colleagues)

BEST NEW TALENT:       Sanjit Chakravarty (The secret to making the perfect aloo paratha)

 

SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOWNSVILLE

The Short+Sweet Festival is back in Townsville, featuring a unique lineup of ten-minute plays by local artists!

It's been a big year for short theatre in Queensland - the Brisbane and Gold Coast festivals have seen record-breaking numbers and genre-defying new work! Now we just can't wait to see what Townsville artists can do! Both independent theatre companies and individual directors are encouraged to register now. Show us your stuff - in ten minutes or less...

 

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE FESTIVAL
There are two ways to register. Either you can submit as a group, with your own cast and your own script or concept. Or you can register as an individual director, and peruse through our shortlist of commended scripts before confirming a cast. 
To register as a group (independent theatre company) please send an email to shortsweet.production@gmail.com including your script or concept proposal, the names of everyone in your team, and your full contact information.
To register as a director, please send an email to shortsweet.production@gmail.com along with a brief (50-100 word) bio describing your previous experience. We will respond by giving you access to our shortlisted scripts.
Registrations Close on Saturday 1st November

 

WHY BE A PART OF SHORT+SWEET?!
Develop skills, practice craft, explore an idea, or play around with something small on the side. Short+Sweet is an ideal sandbox opportunity, a space to put yourself and your work on the festival stage. It's a marquee venue, and a guaranteed audience, but the stakes aren't too high. If it doesn't go according to plan, nobody's going to come after you. But if you do happen to make something magical, then this is only just the beginning...
Short+Sweet brings together a melting pot of various artists all in the one place. We encourage you to work with new people, or try something you haven't done before. We're all here for different reasons, but at the end of the day it's all just about one thing - ten minutes and a stage. 
 

KEY DATES

  • 1 Nov: Registrations Close
  • 8 Nov: Program Confirmed, Lineup Announced
  • 24 - 27 Nov: Production Meetings & Tech Rehearsals
  • 28 & 29 Nov: Performances

A brief awards presentation will take place after the final performance on November 29. Tickets on sale soon.

Short+Sweet Cabaret Sydney 2015

THREE GLORIOUS WEEKS – 60 + INSPIRING 10-MINUTE PRODUCTIONS

Short+Sweet Cabaret Sydney 2015 is a sparkling jewel to the Short+Sweet crown. Short+Sweet Cabaret launches 60 + aritists from Sydney and beyond. 

Dates and venue are soon to be announced for Sydney 2015.  So watch this space or better still, join our facebook page to receive regualr updates (https://www.facebook.com/ShortSweetCabaretSydney).

As usual we will offer an array of forums and masterclasses with industry professionals to help you get your cabaret from your bedroom (studio, loungeroom or ...) to the stage

Merging theatre and music cabaret creates an atmosphere of exploration, energy, politics, stories, characters, burlesque, songs, and silliness. Short+Sweet Cabaret 2015 is a forum where new ideas are tested, risks are taken, where the performers and audience share and intimate experience of something new, and never seen before.

Start thinking as cabaret is a world of theatrical possibility - just remember it can be only 10 minutes!

Any Questions? OR Register your interest ...

Contact KATE kate@shortandsweet.org

 

 

 

Award Recipients for 2014!

Thanks to everyone who came to the Gala Finals on Sunday night, both those on the stage and those in the crowd! All awkward stalling aside, it was a terribly wonderful way to end the festival for 2014!

And congratulations especially to the award recipients for Short+Sweet QLD 2014

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SHORT+SWEET AWARD for BEST PRODUCTION OVERALL
Dirty Sexy Politics
 

BEST PLAY
The Runaways
 

BEST CABARET
I Can Keep a Secret
 

SHORT+SWEET QLD GALA FINALS

SEE FULL LIST OF AWARD RECIPIENTS!

Join us to celebrate the best short performances in Queensland…

After presenting over 50 works of 10min theatre and cabaret, Short+Sweet has finally arrived at its grand closing night – a showcase of the best of the best.

After much deliberating by anonymous judges and audience members, the finalists have been chosen and are coming back to reprise their sharp short shows in the Powerhouse Theatre for one night only.

Come to see your favourites from Brisbane and the Gold Coast present their work once more. An awards ceremony will conclude the evening, seeing the most outstanding acts scoring some amazing prizes! Don't forget to vote for your favourites to give them that extra push!!

Congratulations to all 2014 Gala Finalists!

It's been an exciting 4 weeks of Short+Sweet in Queensland. 2014 has seen the biggest festival we've had in our 6 year history! Between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, we produced over 50 new 10-minute works across seven strands. It was also the first year we introduced Short+Sweet Cabaret to Brisbane & Gold Coast audiences - an addition which has proved wildly popular!

Congratulations to all 2014 Gala Finalists!

It's been an exciting 4 weeks of Short+Sweet in Queensland. 2014 has seen the biggest festival we've had in our 6 year history! Between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, we produced over 50 new 10-minute works across seven strands. It was also the first year we introduced Short+Sweet Cabaret to Brisbane & Gold Coast audiences - an addition which has proved wildly popular!

Congratulations to all 2014 Gala Finalists!

It's been an exciting 4 weeks of Short+Sweet in Queensland. 2014 has seen the biggest festival we've had in our 6 year history! Between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, we produced over 50 new 10-minute works across seven strands. It was also the first year we introduced Short+Sweet Cabaret to Brisbane & Gold Coast audiences - an addition which has proved wildly popular!

Congratulations to all 2014 Gala Finalists!

It's been an exciting 4 weeks of Short+Sweet in Queensland. 2014 has seen the biggest festival we've had in our 6 year history! Between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, we produced over 50 new 10-minute works across seven strands. It was also the first year we introduced Short+Sweet Cabaret to Brisbane & Gold Coast audiences - an addition which has proved wildly popular!

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