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It’s a brave, new musical mash up of characters, stories, songs, politics, relationships, energy, cultural relevance and social commentary.
Short + Sweet Cabaret Melbourne pays tribute to an exciting underground cabaret network the city boasts in venues and festivals daily. Where professional and emerging talents converge into dressing rooms and explode onto the stage with work that it bursting with a flavor only Melbourne knows how to taste.
The 2013 program is no exception. Celebrating Australia’s freshest cabaret talents, presenting over 30 works, in 5 days each just ten minutes long. Some Festival highlights include the subtle, loveable Beau Heartbreaker, the crisp, hilarious story telling of Nicolette Minster, and a return to the stage from some Short + Sweet favourites including Shanon Whitelock, Kate Allnutt and Taylor Klas. Stories and music melt into new ideas, where risks are taken, traditions broken and ideals are tested. Be prepared to see something you have never seen before, leave humming the tune of a new beat and break the boundaries cabaret contains.
“Not only did S + S Cabaret enable me to see several different styles of original cabaret, network with other artists and be seen by industry professionals, but the prizes I received have been invaluable for me to develop my work! And all from a little 10 minute show. Thanks for the leg up S + S!”
- Ruth Wilkins, Short+Sweet Cabaret Winner 2012
Short+Sweet Cabaret Continues to Grow.
In it’s first year Short + Sweet cabaret graced the stage at the Butterfly Club in South Melbourne under the direction of David Reed. Through his vision, continued by Festival Director Emma Ford and most recently Festival Director Joanne O’Callaghan we have seen it establish a place in the hearts of Melbourne performers and the growing industry as a platform to launch new cabaret ideas and talents. Previous participants and award winners include Geraldine Quinn(Spicks and Specks, Adam Hills Tonight) who went on to win a Golden Gibbo award in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival amongst many others, Ruth Wilkin, who went on to win Best Cabaret Melbourne Fringe 2012, and nominated for Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe. Hannah Williams in Mercedez Benz Awkwardly who won Peoples choice Award Melbourne Fringe 2012 and recently was asked to perform her show at the New York Fringe Festival, and most recently Oprahfication, by Rachel Dunham and Shanon Whitelock, with extensive tours in 2013 after winning the Tour Ready Award in Short + Sweet 2012, the have been signed to Gordon Frost Organisation to produce a full length musical under the same name.
All of these artists started by taking a chance with just ten minutes in the Short + Sweet Cabaret Festival.
Short + Sweet aims to provide a professional platform for artists to create and present new 10 minute works, while providing the audience with a unique entertainment experience. This is where the edges are cut on cutting edge cabaret, see it first and follow it beyond.
“I LOVED my Short and Sweet Cabaret experience. I had always wanted to write a show but never had the confidence to do so. When I heard about Short + Sweet, I knew it would be a safe and encouraging platform to test out new material - and it only had to be ten minutes. If it hadn't been for Short + Sweet, I would never have known what the possibilities are for independent artists and wouldn't of gone on to extend the show and discover the wonderment that is producing and touring your own show.“
- Hannah Williams, Short + Sweet Cabaret Peoples Choice Winner 2012
All festival photography published from past shows has been kindly provided by our Festival Photography Partner: 3 Fates Media