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6 Jan 2016 to 30 Jan 2016
6 Jan 2016 to 13 Mar 2016
14 Jan 2016 to 23 Jan 2016
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 to Sunday, March 13, 2016
The Depot Theatre
142 Addison Road
Marrickville NSW 2204
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Short+Sweet Sydney

The biggest little play festival in the world is back for its fifteenth year in Sydney! Featuring around 160 plays across 8 massive weeks, with 2 exciting new programmes every week, Short+Sweet Sydney 2016 is coming soon! 

A lot can happen in 10 minutes - This is your chance to prove it!



MAIN SEASON - January-February 2016
Top 80

Top 80 plays are performed Wednesday-Saturday 7:30pm & Sunday 5:30pm, with a new programme of ten short plays each week!
Week 1 - 6-10 Jan
Week 2 - 13-17 Jan
Week 3 - 20-24 Jan
Week 4 - 27-31 Jan
Week 5 - 4-7 Feb
Week 6 - 10-14 Feb
Week 7 - 17-21 Feb
Week 8 - 24-28 Feb

Wildcard plays are performed on Saturday 2:30pm & Sunday 1pm ONLY, with a new programme of ten short plays each week! 
Week 1 - 9-10 Jan
Week 2 - 16-17 Jan
Week 3 - 23-24 Jan
Week 4 - 30-31 Jan
Week 5 - 6-7 Feb
Week 6 - 13-14 Feb
Week 7 - 20-21 Feb
Week 8 - 27-28 Feb

People's Choice Showcase
- 3-5 March
Wildcard Finals - 5-6 March
Gala Finals - 10-13 March

Tickets available HERE or click BUY TICKETS

See Also:
Short+Sweet Cabaret Sydney

Principal Festival Partners
Development Partners

“Start your journey toward a professional acting career on stage and screen with a nationally accredited qualification.”

Short+Sweet Sydney is excited to announce our Theatre School Partner for 2016 as Sydney Theatre School!

Established in 2005 by Managing Director Mark Matthews, STS has trained hundreds of students in the craft of acting and produced numerous world-premiere... read more


Our vision is simple – a more creative world 10 minutes at a time!

Short+Sweet are seeking Technical Operators for the upcoming seasons of Short+Sweet Theatre and Cabaret in Sydney, Australia.

Standard tasks will include:

  • Weekly Production Meetings with the festival management team... read more

Short+Sweet Sydney are excited to announce our new festival partner is the SmartFone Flick Fest which is currently open for submissions.

SF3 is the brainchild of Angela Blake and Ali Crew who met through the Short+Sweet Festival in 2013.

They came through the Short+Sweet process; Angela registering to be a director, choosing one of the hundreds of scripts that was sent to her,... read more

Please provide contact details for your entire creative team as early as possible. 

This contact information is required for insurance purposes, complimentary and discount tickets and to ensure all participants have the latest important information regarding the festival. Please ensure all details are correct when completing this form, and email any updates or corrections to... read more

Please complete this form to secure the hire of The Workshop at The Depot Theatre during January-March
Please note that due to festival use, the Workshop is not available the following days/times:
Tuesday - All Day
Wednesday - from 5pm
Thursday - from 5pm
Friday - from 5pm
Saturday - All Day
Sunday - 12pm-3:30pm & 4pm-7pm

... read more

Last year's festival ignited some amazing poster designs so this year there will be a prize specifically for the BEST POSTER, presented at the Gala Finals Awards Night. Posters will be displayed online and at the venue by Short+Sweet, and are a great marketing tool to encourage your friends to support your show.

For online distribution... read more

Festival Management Team

  1. Festival Director - Alana Teasdale | [email protected]

    Technical Manager - Terrance Maxwell | [email protected]

    Stage Manager - Ryan Devlin | [email protected]

    FOH Manager - Aeva O'Dea | [email protected]

    Publicist - Geoff Sirmai | [email protected]

    Further Information

    Like our Facebook Page and join our E-News for regular updates. Regular updates and images are also posted at our Wordpress site, alongside archives of Sydney festivals back to 2012. 

Information for Participants


    • Actors' availability, CVs and headshots have now been updated and remain available on the Dropbox, here.

    • Further casting calls may be made via our Facebook Group. Please read and follow the instructions stated in my post at the top of the group page. 

    • A reminder to all directors casting people under 18 years that you are required to have a Working With Children Check. This can be obtained online here.



    • Poster submissions are now open online. Please review the information, and access the Short+Sweet logos, and submit your poster once complete via the Poster Submission Form here


    • Refer to the Director Info Pack for the full list of rehearsal venues secured at a discounted rate for Short+Sweet participants.

    • Please note that bookings of The Depot Theatre during the festival itself (January-March 2016) will be managed directly by Short+Sweet. 

      For January-March bookings, please complete the Online Booking Form.


    • Tech Talk | 12pm-2pm Saturday 28th November @ The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

      An instructional talk by our Technical Manager/Lighting Designer Terrance Maxwell, and Stage Manager/Sound Consultant Ryan Devlin on the options, limitations, and opportunities of lighting and sound within Short+Sweet Sydney 2016

    • Season Launch | 7:30pm Saturday 5th December @ The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

      Announcing the full season and introducing the festival team to the public and media, this is a night of entertainment, mingling and nibbles, that you are all invited to attend.


    Need to know something? Try one of these sources of information:

How The Festival Works


    It all starts when you register now.

    + Writers submit a script which is then assessed by a number of local and national readers. The best scripts are compiled into a festival shortlist.

    + Directors register as individual artists, by sending us their CVs. Once the directors are selected, they are sent a copy of the shortlisted scripts from which they select one.

    + Independent Theatre Companies submit a pitch for their own show. They are a team of people banding together under the one registration to stage their own work with their own roles. ITCs may find additional actors from the auditions if needed.

    + Actors register now to audition in October. Directors and some ITCs attend these auditions and select their cast for their play.

    + Directors and ITCs may be offered a place in our Wildcards performance strand if we run out of places in the Top 80, if the work is controversial or less suitable for the mainstage, or if they are new to theatre direction and simply want to have a go. The Wildcards are a bit like the festival fringe - plays that are experimental, works-in-progress or plays by new/emerging artists. Otherwise, they are the plays that we just couldn't fit but still wanted to program! Wildcard plays are performed under one lighting state with no additional tech requirements. 

    + Once all of the artists and plays have been selected, we allocate performance weeks based on availability and content. It is important to be available for more than one performance week as there are artistic considerations to go into the scheduling of plays, as well as practical. Once all preferences are made and some juggling is performed, Directors and ITCs are allocated their performance dates and the season programme is announced. 

    + After selections have been confirmed, each play is left to rehearse at their own convenience. We generally have a hands-off approach during this process, though we will always be available for advice or assistance. We recommend that it takes about 20 hours to rehearse a 10-min play well (though it can be done in less, and some may require more). When you think about it, that can be done in one weekend, or across five evenings. 

    + In the lead-up to the festival, each director or creative team will meet us separately for a play-specific production meeting. Here, we'll make sure that we're all on the same page, and that we can collectively achieve your vision once we get into the theatre.

    + In the production week, each play will then get a 45min slot of time to bump in, tech and rehearse their play in the theatre. This is the Technical Rehearsal and is held on Tuesdays for Top 80 plays. Wildcards will only get 15min to do a walk-through of their play on Saturday morning, with only limited technical options available.

    + After all technical rehearsals are complete, the Top 80 plays will then have a Dress Rehearsal Tuesday evening, open to Short+Sweet participants only, and Wildcards will go straight into their first performance.

    + Then, it's show time! Top 80 plays have performances Wednesday-Sunday evenings, Wildcards perform Saturday & Sunday matinees. At each performance, anonymous judges will sit in the audience and make notes on the plays. All audience members will also be given voting slips on which to nominate their favourite plays. 

    + Each week, the notes are processed and the votes are tallied. Based on the opinions of the judges and the audience, one play from the Top 80 will go through to the People's Choice Showcase and one through to the Gala Final.

    + Wildcards are announced and the Judges' choice will proceed to the Wildcards Final, but the audience votes are tallied and are determined across the entire season compared to other weeks. The highest percentage of audience votes then grants those plays entry into the Wildcards Final or People's Choice Showcase.

    + The People's Choice Showcase performs over 3 nights, with the audience determining the top two plays to head into the Gala Final. 

    + The Wildcards Final performs over 2 days with the Judges' and People's Choice votes each getting a play into the Gala Final.

    + The Gala Final will be a lineup of 12 of the best plays (1 from each 8 weeks of Top 80 plays, 2 from the People's Choice Showcase & 2 from the Wildcards Final) During this performance, opinions will be counted from the audience and from anonymous judges one last time. Afterwards, awards and prizes will be presented to plays and artists from a number of categories. 


  1. At the conclusion of the festival, the following awards will be presented to individuals and teams in acknowledgement of outstanding work.


    presented to the best overall production, taking into consideration acting, direction & script.


    presented to the best director, by discernment of the judges.


    presented to the performers who gave the most outstanding performance, male and female. 


    presented to the writer of the most outstanding new script.


    for the most popular play, as voted by audience at the People's Choice Showcase.


    for the best production of the Wildcards programme as determined by the judges at the Wildcard Finals.


    for notable participants that has not been credited with an above award, and who has not previously been involved in a substantial way with Short+Sweet Sydney, male and female.


    for the most impressive design of a poster advertising a Short+Sweet Sydney 2016 play.