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11 Jul 2016 to 19 Mar 2017
30 Sep 2016 to 4 Feb 2017
13 Oct 2016 to 15 Oct 2016
When
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 to Sunday, March 13, 2016
Where
The Depot Theatre
142 Addison Road
Marrickville NSW 2204
Australia
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Short+Sweet Sydney

The biggest little play festival in the world is back for its fifteenth year in Sydney! Featuring up to 160 plays across 8 massive weeks, with 2 exciting programmes every week, Short+Sweet Sydney 2016 is now entering the FINALS SERIES! Presenting the best of the best from across the 8 week season, in the People's Choice Showcase, Wildcard Finals, and Gala Finals!

SEE THE FULL PROGRAMME HERE

Note that all performances include a series of ten minute plays in the one evening. You are purchasing a ticket for the full night, individual show ticketing is not available. 

SEASON - January-February 2016
Top 80

Top 80 plays are performed Wednesday-Saturday 7:30pm & Sunday 5:30pm, with a new programme of 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 - 3-7 Feb | Week 6 - 10-14 Feb | Week 7 - 17-21 Feb | Week 8 - 24-28 Feb

Wildcards
Wildcards are performed on Saturday 2:30pm & Sunday 1pm ONLY, with a new programme of 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 | Thursday-Saturday 7:30pm

Wildcard Finals
5-6 March | Saturday 2:30pm, Sunday 1pm + 5:30pm

Gala Finals
10 March | PREVIEW Thursday 7:30pm | Tickets $30 shortandsweet.org/sydney-tickets
11-13 March | Friday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 5:30pm + Winners Announced

Tickets available HERE or click BUY TICKETS on the top right of this page.

See Also:
Short+Sweet Voices 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

SHORT+SWEET OPERATORS WANTED

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 complete this form to access The Workshop at The Depot Theatre during the festival season, 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 - 12:30pm-3:30pm & 5pm-... 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.

DUE DATES
For online distribution... read more

Please read this info carefully before completing the form:

IMPORTANT

  • This form is for tickets to YOUR performance week ONLY. To purchase ticket for a week you are NOT participating in, please BUY TICKETS HERE.
  • Due to limited seating capacity, complimentary ... read more

This information is required at least ONE WEEK prior to your Technical Rehearsal.

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. This content will also be used for the creation of the Weekly Programme. Please ensure all details... read more

Festival Management Team

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

    Technical Manager - Terrance Maxwell | [email protected]

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

    FOH Manager - Amelia Morris

    Publicist - Geoff Sirmai | [email protected]


    Further Information

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Awards

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


    + BEST PRODUCTION

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


    + BEST DIRECTOR

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


    + THE KERRY CASEY BEST ACTOR AWARD (x2)

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


    + BEST SCRIPT

    presented to the writer of the most outstanding new script.


    + PEOPLE'S CHOICE SHOWCASE WINNER

    for the most popular play, as voted by audience at the Gala Finals.


    + GALA FINAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER

    for the most popular play, as voted by audience at the Gala Finals.


    + OVERALL WILDCARDS WINNER

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


    + BEST NEWCOMER (x2)

    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.


    + BEST POSTER DESIGN

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


People's Choice Showcase

  1. 1. TUPPERWARE GEORGE

    Top 80 Week 7

    It's moving day! But with just a few hours left until their final inspection, housemates Marge, Nina and Sunny discover that moving out is not going to be as simple as they thought.

    ITC: Grumpy Mandrake Theatre

    Writer: Sam Nixen

    Director: Nathan Farrow

    Cast: Madeline Beukers (Marge), Amelia Morris (Nina), Elliott Falzon (Sunny), Ricky Klein (Tucker), Sam Nixen


    2. THE SCULPTURE GALLERY

    Wildcards Week 1

    The sculpture gallery explores the fine lines between inspiration and objectification. When two artists meet at a provocative exhibit, context makes those lines dangerously ambiguous.

    Writer: Aoise Stratford

    Director: Don Lacey

    Cast: Laura Nash (Kennedy), Peter Brown (Jack)


    3. POP PORN

    A slightly rude and very crude comedy set in a hotel lobby. When divorced businessman Mr Barton has trouble getting his pay tv to work he becomes frustrated by an annoying receptionist with an obsession for popcorn.

    Writer: Wayne Mitchell

    Director: Wayne Mitchell

    Cast: Dudley Levell (Mr Barton), Glenn Wanstall (Receptionist), Emma Dalton (Miss Hope)


    4. THE SHOEBOX

    Top 80 Week 4

    In the gardens of a nursing home an unlikely friendships forms between an angst-ridden tween and a wheelchair bound war vet over the contents of a mysterious shoebox.

    ITC: Village Spirit Productions

    Writer: Kel Vance

    Director: Kel Vance

    Cast: Ashlyn Hunter (Vic), Saban Lloyd Berrell (Mr Dent), Charlotte Hanson (Vic's Mother)


    5. BETWEEN OLD FRIENDS

    Top 80 Week 1

    School friends meet after many years. Are they still friends?  Were they ever?

    ITC: The Performance Crew

    Director: Wendy Crew

    Writer: Wendy Crew

    Cast: Lisa Hanssens (Samantha), Alison Grace (Jeanine), Josh Chicharo (Waiter)


    6. BLIND DATE

    Top 80 Week 6

    Blind Date. Two words which sound like a sentence. Where psychosis is served with wine and smiles and rejection is personal.

    ITC: Musketeer Productions

    Writer: Paulene Turner

    Director: Paulene Turner

    Cast: Paul Byrne (F Man), Liz Hovey (M Girl), Nicholas Drummond (Fraser), Rebecca Towns (McKenzie) 


    7. SLOW DATING

    Top 80 Week 5

    An elderly woman spends the night with a charming stranger and finally realises the heartbreaking decision she must make.

    ITC: Second Bite

    Writer: Adam Szudrich

    Director: Grant Wilson

    Cast: Debbie Tilley (Ester)


    8. MUM AND DAD

    Wildcards Week 2

    How far in our minds can we go to protect ourselves from the things that scare us, the things that are too difficult to make sense of? Tyla is a strong and spirited young girl who is constantly struggling the daily battle of living at home, all while managing to keep a smile on her face.

    Writer: Ashley Milne

    Director: Ayla Camille De Anastacio

    Cast: Holly Moore (Tyla), Bob Deacon (Michael), Natalie Freeman (Sammy)


    9. RED EYE TO BANGKOK

    Top 80 Week 3

    Jeanie has a phobia so when husband Brad organises a holiday toThailand she must face her greatest fear- the plane journey there. They are seated next to Omar who has his own issues which results in a very rocky flight-even though they haven't yet taken off.

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Cronulla

    Writer: Susan Turner

    Director: Susan Turner

    Cast: Jay Duncan(Brad), Melissa Myles (Jeanie), Haki Crisden (Omar)


    10. SAME TIME NEXT WEEK

    Top 80 Week 8

    Alan still carries the scars of a violent childhood and has vowed never to turn into his father. After a number of disastrous relationships, he's finally found 'the one'. Will he be able to break free from the shackles that have tortured him for years?

    Writer: Dudley Levell

    Director: Valentino Arico

    Cast: Dudley Levell (Alan)


    11. WHO WANTS TO BE A CHANNEL NINE INTERN?

    Top 80 Week 2

    Meet Bryan, from HR. He’s got more personality than you could shake a stick at and more lanyards than one person could feasibly use. He’s doing interviews and taking names. The bigwigs from Head Office have an overabundance of dead horses to flog, so why not combine Bryan’s day-to-day with the most popular show ever hosted by Eddie McGuire? Compared to Gogglebox, it’s a great idea, and Fresh-faced Matthew has no idea what he’s in for when he walks into Bryan’s office.

    ITC: SlipDavey

    Writer: Davey Reynolds

    Director: Chris Heaslip

    Cast: Davey Reynolds (Bryan from HR), Chris Heaslip (Matthew)


Wildcard Finals

  1. 1. HARRY JEEVA AND THE GATES TO SELF DESTRUCTION

    Harry’s life isn’t a challenge, it’s an affliction; his partner’s left him, he’s bullied at work. He thinks meditation will help him face the torments of the external world only to discover the internal world is out to get him too!

    ITC: Vedanta

    Writer: Robert Grant

    Director: Robert Grant

    Cast: Uma Kali Shakti (Soul), Sanket Das (Harry), Belinda Maree Elchaar (Ms.Brill & Amanda), Cristina Siciliano (Mind), Brad Yee (Intellect)


    2. BI. CYCLE (THE SAMMY STEEL SPIN CLASS CHALLENGE)

    "Hello, I'm Sammy Steel, here to transform your indoor cycling journey. My one of a kind, rock star approach will guide you through an inspirational, meditative fitness experience. Set in a dark candlelit room, the experience is tribal. It's primal. It's fun. We laugh, we cry, we grow — and we do it together, as only Sydney can!

    ITC: Let It Go productions

    Writer: Sam Anderson

    Director: Sam Anderson

    Cast: Sam Anderson


    3. ANGELFISH

    In this playful comedy-drama, a plate of fish from a relentlessly sunny chef becomes a surprising catalyst for change, prompting a couple to explore the importance of making a difference in the world - and the future of their relationship.

    Writers: Leonie Jordan & Bobby Duncan

    Directors: Leonie Jordan & Bobby Duncan

    Cast: Ben Dewstow (Sam), Ashlea Hingston (Mirabelle), Leonie Jordan (Viv - Sunday), Joyce Vasta (Viv - Saturday)


    4. WAR KISS

    War Kiss tells the love story of a young lady looking for love, A memoir of how perihan falls in love with her local waiter, but is the love of her life really the man she thinks he is? will she be left broken hearted or will they overcome adversity and live happily ever after?

    Writer: Alex Broun

    Director: Brett Garland

    Cast: Olivia Jubb (Perihan), Nadim Accari (Karim)


    5. BLESS ME FATHER

    A young man enters a confessional to find resolution to his dark secret...

    Writer: Joe Starzyk

    Director: John Tsioulos

    Cast: Wombat GT (Young Man), Graham Egan (Father Dowd)

    **Trigger Warning - Sexual assault**


    6. THE ODDS OF GAZING

    When Simon asks a fortune teller if he can use her crystal ball, his world becomes all too transparent.

    Writer: Sara Seal

    Director: Kathryn Mas Thomas

    Costume + Prop Design: Brittany Stephen

    Cast: Jessica Priebee, Timothy Abdallah


    7. THE POLITICAL BACHELORETTE

    The year is 2020. There have been eight Prime Ministers in ten years. The Australian people want to change the constitution to ensure continuity of leadership, but the only thing they can agree on is their love of reality television. Electing a new Prime Minister is about to get REAL.

    Writer: Kate Macdessi

    Director: Kate Macdessi

    Cast: Daniel O'Sullivan (Jeff Hart), Miriam Capper (Australiana Peeples), James Belfrage (Barry Robinson), Neil Modra (Nathan Reilly)


    8. ALL STATIONS TO SANITY

    Ever had that feeling when you’re alone, like you’re being watched? Will has. Stranded at an eerie station, Will’s train may never be coming after all. But odd things begin to happen as the ludicrous Cal arrives, and together they’re faced with the true power that haunts the railway lines.

    ITC: The Regional Institute of Performing Arts (RIPA)

    Writer: Joel Mews

    Director: Joel Mews

    Cast: Jayden Gobbe-Bezzina (Will), Tegan Gow (Cal), Jennifer Halliburton (CityRail) Aaron Brittliff (CountryLink)


    9. THE FORMATIVE YEARS

    What kind of parent would you be? What would you want your children to grow up to become? How much of your untapped potential do you see in your child? Would your child share your ideas of right and wrong, failure and success? Join this young couple as they plan for their first child - maybe you'll find a part of you in them. Or maybe your parents? 

    Writer: Brandon Crose

    Director: Avantika Tomar

    Cast: Gaurav Jindal (Expectant Father), Avantika Tomar (Expectant Mother)


    10. THE INTERVIEW FROM HELL

    An outlandish comedy about an opportunistic man's ultimate price told through witty dialogue.

    Writer: Robert Armstrong

    Director: Patrick Matijevic

    Cast: Brooke Doherty (The Devil), Alistair Bates (Man - a sinner)


    11. THE MEDIATOR

    Mandy the mediator is very happy and excited to have her first clients. But things don't seem to go the way the mediator book told her it would.

    Writer: Vee Malner

    Director: Tom Richards

    Cast: Ros Richards (Mandy), Liz Harper (Sally), Ben Brock (Mitchell)


    12. BUT I JUST GOT HERE

    Sara moves to a flat in Sydney after living in Brisbane with her family all her life. Thinking she has it all sorted out, she moves in with Beth, with whom she’s only exchanged emails. She thought Beth moving out just after she moved in was the worst thing that could happen to her. She was wrong.

    Writer: Oprah Oyugii

    Director: Ren Thackham

    Cast: Danny Bolt (Michael), Benjamin Scott (Sweetie), Sarah Berry (Sara), Scarlett Arthur (Maggie), Adriana Orecchio (Beth) 


Gala Finals

  1. SAUERKRAUT

    Sophie is confronted by a German soldier while trying to sneak bread across the border.  In an attempt to save herself, she discovers there's more to him than meets the eye.

    ITC: She'll be right on the Night

    Writer: Gina Cohen

    Director: Tara Nandi

    Cast: Gina Cohen (Sophie)


    WALKED OVER

    Valerie would make a wonderful wife for any man, she enjoys massages, organizes cruising holidays and dances the tango. But nobody’s perfect are they?

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Sydney

    Writer: Graham Yates

    Director: Tom Richards

    Cast: Graham Yates (Harold), Margie Turner (Valerie)


    BABY BLUES

    Babies don’t want “baby-f####en-chinos!” An unhappy baby speaks out about her over-protective mother and her dissatisfaction with modern-day parenting practises. Will anyone understand or care about her cries for help? Even in a public place?

    ITC: Ruth Pieloor

    Writer: Ruth Pieloor

    Director: Shelly Higgs

    Cast: Ruth Pieloor Mother (& Puppet)


    THE REVENGE OF MR MEOWGI

    Young bachelor Dom thinks he's met a game changer when he brings the lovely Emily home after a night on the town. However, his conniving cat Mr. Meowgi is determined to thwart his master's efforts to get her into the bedroom.

    ITC: Shady Side Projects

    Writer: Tom Green

    Director: Tom Green

    Cast: Tom Green (Dom), Ellen Brooke Williams (Emily), James Hartley (Mr. Meowgi) Jed Clarke (Scruff)


    CHEMISTRY TEST

    Ross can't understand why girls don't dig him. Carol can't get past a first date. It's something about the chemistry. Maybe internet dating could help?

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Sydney Winner

    Writer: Ruth Fingret

    Director: Ruth Fingret

    Cast: Lisa Hanssens (Carol), Dudley Levell (Ross)


    GAME NIGHT

    Lies, trickery and most importantly name-calling continue to drive a wedge between the family. Will one final, ultimate game solve all of their problems or be their demise? A comedy about the love of a family and their ongoing rage with the Parker Bros.

    Writer: Kim McCreanor

    Director: Daniel Cohn

    Cast: Mark Fowler (Dad), Liz Hovey (Mum), Jessica Murphey (Alice), Marigold Pazar (Rochelle), Russell Kay (Adrian)  


    HEAVEN.COM

    With ever-increasing population on Earth, managing Heaven's affairs with manual records is no longer tenable. The only solution was to outsource its automation to a technology provider on Earth. As the first online system connecting Heaven and Earth is launched, something unexpected happens.

    ITC: NATGURU

    Writer: Asim Das

    Director: Asim Das

    Costume + Make-up: Madhulekha Das

    Cast: Sandipan Sen (God), Ripon Barua (St Peter), Samya Mitra (Sam), Kartik Malik (Neil)


Gala Finals WINNERS

  1. BEST NEW TALENT

    Dudley Levell - Writer/Performer SAME TIME NEXT WEEK

    Gina Cohen - Writer/Performer SAUERKRAUT


    BEST POSTER

    Loop - Written by Therese Cloonan, Directed by Cecile Payet


    OVERALL WILDCARDS WINNER

    BI. CYCLE - Written/Directed by Sam Anderson


    PEOPLE'S CHOICE SHOWCASE WINNER

    Who Wants To Be A Channel Nine Intern? - Written/Directed by Chris Heaslip & Davey Reynolds


    BEST SCRIPT

    Mark Longhurst - MATCH OF THE CENTURY


    BEST DIRECTOR

    Steven Tait - MATCH OF THE CENTURY


    THE KERRY CASEY BEST ACTOR AWARD

    Sam Anderson - as Sammy Steele in BI. CYCLE. (The Sammy Steele Spin Class Challenge)


    BEST ACTRESS

    Ruth Pieloor - as Mother/Baby in BABY BLUES


    GALA FINALS PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER

    MATCH OF THE CENTURY - Written by Mark Longhurst, Directed by Steven Tait


    BEST PRODUCTION

    MATCH OF THE CENTURY - Written by Mark Longhurst, Directed by Steven Tait