The biggest little Arts Festival in Melbourne just got BIGGER!
SHORT+SWEET Arts Festival Melbourne plays host to up to 50 original Theatre shows all jam packed into 2 weeks!
The Short+Sweet Theatre stage is home to a wild array of characters, telling their story and then making way for the next character to barrel in. The artists are given ten minutes to let their story live in front of a live audience. Everything from comedy to drama to absurdism to clowning to tragedy to realism. Theatre makers and the audiences to delve into a complete world and and pop out the other end 10 minutes later.
Last year's recipient of Best Director and Best Overall Director Daniel Lammin sums up his experience of Short+Sweet:
'My first year with S&S, I got the chance to see if I was a director. My second year, I got the chance to prove what I could do as a director. My third year, I got to be as brave as I possibly could be and push myself, my work and the audience further than I had imagined. And that's exactly what Short & Sweet should be about - ten minutes to be as brave as you can.'
This year is set to be one of the biggest and most exciting seasons yet.
After winning Best Comedy in the 2013 Melbourne Fringe, Isabel Angus and Rachel Davis are bringing us a little rom com and International Illusionist Simon Coronel combines magic and theatre in 'Oral Fixation'. Marcus Willis and Dan Pavatich bring us a fully improvised piece aptly titled Marcus and Dan'.
SSAFM is the forum for freedom on the stage.
Last year's winner of Best Writing Kerith Manderson Galvin:
'Sometimes I feel like I have a lot of things that I want to say and I worry people won't ever get to hear them and I'm scared of the reaction if they do. My short play Jack won Short and Sweet Best Writing last year and I'm just so glad that that piece got a chance to be seen and heard, and maybe people liked it, or didn't, and maybe they took something from it, maybe they thought about things differently afterwards. Maybe it was something they wouldn't have thought about if it hadn't had a chance to be staged. It was an opportunity for me to have an audience's attention for ten minutes and tell them everything I needed to say. '
Something brand spanking new is gracing the stage this year too!
SSAFM are teaming up with Crash Test Drama Melbourne on Sunday December 1. 10 Short+Sweet scripts, 10 professional directors – 3 hours to audition, rehearse and produce top class theatre. Come and see the glory that these fantastic theatre makers can produce under pressure. It’s sure to be a day of laughs and tears. It's sure to be one of the most varied and exciting events of the festival and it is a fantastic place to meet the best theatre makers in Melbourne.
Soren Jensen, winner of Best Actor 2013:
'Short and Sweet was a fantastic opportunity, not only to perform, but to meet people, network and make connections. I can thank that exposure and connections for many of the exciting projects and people I have got to work with over the last 12 months. It's a fantastic time for the community to come together and share little bite sized pieces of art and theatre.'
All festival photography published from past shows has been kindly provided by our Festival Photography Partner: 3 Fates Media