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28 Nov 2014 to 29 Nov 2014
1 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015
7 Jan 2015 to 15 Mar 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 to Sunday, March 15, 2015
New Theatre
542 King St
Newtown NSW 2042
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Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2015

Short+Sweet Sydney is the largest festival of 10 minute plays in the world!

Now into its fourteenth year, Short+Sweet is moving to an exciting new location and will be bringing you over 160 brand new scripts from Australian and international writers, put together by the best up-and-coming and established directors and performed by veteran actors and fresh new talent.

Short+Sweet Sydney 2015 will showcase new and established artists on the stages of the New Theatre, Newtown and in the Fusebox of The Factory, Marrickville! See the Festival Schedule below for more details.

Short+Sweet Sydney stages around 160 plays, each put in the hands of capable Sydney directors. Open to both the experienced and fresh blood, Short+Sweet enables hundreds of artists an opportunity to write, perform, develop, and direct, while encouraging audiences to see some brand new works on stage!

S+S Sydney is separated into two divisions: the Top 80 and the Wildcards.

Around 300 scripts are shortlisted from the thousands received year-round by Short+Sweet and are selected by directors. Those selected as part of the Top 80 are performed every Wednesday-Saturday night and are assessed by Judges and the audience to determine the best of the best. Wildcards are performed Saturday-Monday, with the winners of the Wildcards Finals also winning a spot in the Gala Finals.


Director Information Session: 25th October 2014 10am-1pm (Compulsory for all ITC & individual Directors!)
Auditions: 25th-26th October 2014 + 1-2 November + 22 November
Season - Top 80 and Wildcards: 7th January 2015 – 15th March 2015
Gala Finals: 27th – 29th March 2015
*All dates subject to change

DIRECTOR, ITC and ACTOR registrations have now CLOSED! 
If you still wish to participate in Short+Sweet Sydney, please email ALANA@shortandsweet.org

ITC submissions must include a company name, director and writer details, along with a script or concept. There is no minimum amount of people required for an ITC submission, only that all roles are filled. If you wish to write, perform and direct a piece alone then you are able. Just ensure you include the name and details of all creatives and submit the required fee of $15. If payment has not been processed then your submission cannot be considered.

Successful Directors will be offered a range of shortlisted scripts, able to cast from our talented pool of actors.

All have the chance to perform in our Gala Finals for prizes and professional development!

PLEASE NOTE: to ensure wide participation and opportunities across Short+Sweet, participants are restricted to the following number of plays; a writer can only have ONE work included in the season, a director can only direct ONE piece (regardless of whether s/he be in an ITC or a standalone director), and an actor can only act in TWO plays per season. This does not limit the amount of scripts, ITC concepts, director or actor applications submitted for consideration, so be brave and register!
*Winners of Crash Test Drama and similar works invited by the festival may be exempt from these restrictions.

If you have any questions please contact Festival Coordinator, ALANA - alana@shortandsweet.org


Short+Sweet Sydney, the largest ten-minute play festival in the world, is seeking talented and positive Lighting and Sound Operators to work with us during our 2015 festival.


The Sound / Lighting Operators will run either sound or lighting during Short+Sweet’s Top 80 and Wildcard performances. Standard... read more


Short+Sweet Sydney, the world’s largest festival of 10 minute plays, is gearing up for its fourteenth year. 
‘The world’s biggest little theatre festival’ will produce 160 plays from Jan-Mar 2015, with hundreds of opportunities for actors, directors, Independent Theatre Companies (... read more

Director registrations close 5th October

Register your interest as a Director for Short+Sweet Sydney 2015, the biggest little play festival in the world!

If you are selected as a Director for the festival, you will get to pick from the top scripts we've received this year and a line-up of amazing actors. You will have the opportunity to direct a 10-minute... read more

REGISTRATIONS EXTENDED until 18 November 2014!

Register as an actor here for the biggest little play festival in the world!

There are around 600 roles to be filled throughout Short+Sweet Sydney 2015. Registering as an actor for the Short+Sweet Festival means that you will have the opportunity to audition for all of the festival’s directors at... read more

Director registrations close 5th October

Register your Independent Theatre Company (ITC) here for Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2015, the biggest little play festival in the world!

ITCs are invited to register as the whole package! If you have a team of people – writer + director + cast – with whom you have created a 10-minute piece of theatre then register here! ... read more

Festival Schedule


    Weeks 1-4 of Short+Sweet Sydney 2015 will be hosted at THE NEW THEATRE, Newtown - 542 King St, Newtown NSW 2042

    Week 5 through to the Finals Series will be held at FUSEBOX of The Factory - 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville NSW 2204

    TOP 80

    Week 1 | 6-11 Jan

    Week 2 | 13-18 Jan

    Week 3 | 20-25 Jan

    Week 4 | 27 Jan - 1 Feb

    Performances at the New Theatre, Newtown

    Wednesday-Saturday 7:30pm | Sunday 5:30pm

    Week 5 | 3-8 Feb

    Week 6 | 10-15 Feb

    Week 7 | 17-22 Feb

    Week 8 | 24 Feb - 1 Mar


    Wednesday-Thursday 7:30pm | Friday-Saturday 6:30pm | Sunday 5:30pm


    Week 1 | 10-12 Jan

    Week 2 | 17-19 Jan

    Week 3 | 24-26 Jan

    Week 4 | 31 Jan - 2 Feb

    Week 5 | 7-9 Feb

    Week 6 | 14-16 Feb

    Week 7 | 21-23 Feb

    Week 8 | 28 Feb - 2 Mar

    Performances at the Factory, Marrickville

    Saturday 2:30pm | Sunday 1pm | Monday 7:30pm

    NB: Week 4 Wildcards will not perform Monday 7:30pm due to venue constraints. They will perform only 2 shows, Saturday and Sunday.


    People's Choice Showcase | 6-8 Mar

    Wildcards Finals | 7-8 Mar


    To be advised!


  1. Short+Sweet Sydney is offering a series of FREE Masterclasses to our participants and supporters. These are held weekly at our performance venues on Thursday nights throughout our festival.

    The Masterclasses are a series of professional workshops presented by industry leaders across a range of disciplines including Writing, Directing, Acting, Casting and Producing. There is no need to register - feel free to turn up on one of the allocated days/times and enjoy hearing from Sydney's theatre experts!

    A full schedule and the details of the weekly Masterclasses on offer will be advised in coming weeks!