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7 Jan 2015 to 15 Mar 2015
6 Feb 2015 to 28 Feb 2015
3 Mar 2015 to 21 Mar 2015
When
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 to Sunday, March 15, 2015
Where
Fusebox, Factory Theatre
105 Victoria Road
Marrickville NSW 2204
Australia
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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.

RESULTS
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HOW IT WORKS
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.

BUY TICKETS
Top 80 or Wildcard Weeks 5-8, People's Choice Showcase or Wildcard Finals
Visit the Factory Theatre - 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
Phone 02 9550 3666
Book Online HERE

KEY DATES
Season - Top 80 and Wildcards: 7th January 2015 – 2nd March 2015
People's Choice Showcase: 5-8 March 2015 | Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm + Sunday 5:30pm | BUY TICKETS
Wildcards Finals: 7-8 March 2015 | Saturday 2:30pm + Sunday 1pm | BUY TICKETS
Gala Finals: 19-20 March 2015 at the Factory Theatre | Thursday + Friday 7:30pm | BUY TICKETS

FOR ARTISTS 
Provide your Programme Information
Request your Comp Tickets
Attend other week's Dress Rehearsals

CONTACT
If you have any questions regarding the festival, please contact Festival Coordinator, Alana Teasdale on alana@shortandsweet.org

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 or special invitations to the festival may be exempt from these restrictions.

Short+Sweet Sydney is offering a series of FREE Masterclasses to our participants and supporters. Held weekly at our performance venues on Thursday nights 5:30pm-6:45pm, throughout the festival, Masterclasses offer incredible insight into the arts and provide important skills for all artists. 

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!

UPCOMING MASTERCLASSES

Thursday 26th Feb - The Confident Presenter with Valentino Arico
Learn key tips and techniques from one of Australia's leading presenters. A respected industry professional,Valentino  has trained presenters all over the world, and regularly works as a presenter both at home and abroad. He has been MC for several Short+Sweet Launches and Gala Finals. His interactive hands-on approach will help you to quickly identify and utilize the key skills needed to present with confidence.
In his valuable session you will learn:

  • How to Deliver a Knockout Presentation Opener
  • Giving a Confident Introduction
  • 'Earning the Right'
  • Delivering your 'hook'
  • Introducing Your Agenda
  • Giving a Credible Statement

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Festival Schedule

  1. VENUES

    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 | 7-11 Jan

    Week 2 | 14-18 Jan

    Week 3 | 21-25 Jan

    Week 4 | 28 Jan - 1 Feb


    Performances at the New Theatre, Newtown

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


    Week 5 | 4-8 Feb

    Week 6 | 11-15 Feb

    Week 7 | 18-22 Feb

    Week 8 | 25 Feb - 1 Mar


    Performances at the Fusebox, Factory Theatre, Marrickville

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


    WILDCARDS

    Week 1 | 10-12 Jan

    Week 2 | 17-19 Jan

    Week 3 | 24-26 Jan

    Week 4 | 31 Jan - 1 Feb



    Performances at the New Theatre, Newtown

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


    Week 5 | 7-9 Feb

    Week 6 | 14-16 Feb

    Week 7 | 21-23 Feb

    Week 8 | 28 Feb - 2 Mar


    Performances at the Fusebox, Factory Theatre, 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.


    FINALS SERIES

    People's Choice Showcase | 5-8 Mar Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 5:30pm

    Wildcards Finals | 7-8 Mar Saturday 2:30pm, Sunday 1pm


    GALA FINALS

    19-20 March 2015

    At the Factory Theatre, Marrickville!




Top 80 - Week 1

  1. 1. SOMETHING TO TELL YOU

    When it comes to family, sharing secrets isn’t always easy. The most important thing is to be courageous; sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and just ‘put it out there’. So, shall we make a toast?

    Writer: Ashleigh Stathakis

    Director: Victoria Vinson

    Cast: Susan Geldart (Brenda), Isabella Rodriguez (Claire), David Hines (Robert) 


    2. THE PHOTOGRAPH

    The joy of youthful enthusiasm fades with the passage of time, destroying friendships.  Yet mate ship might prevail in the end.  Will more time mend the wounds?

    Writer: Carol Dance

    Director: Carol Dance

    Cast: Dana Heatley (Madam Mediator), David Hov (Justin), Luca Bale (Samuel) 


    3. DATE NIGHT

    Rosie and Tom have been married for 20 years. It's a very special date night. Great wine and amazing food. What could possibly go wrong!

    Writer: Sonal Moore

    Director: Sonal Moore

    ITC: Aardvark Productions

    Cast: Wendy Morton (Rosie), Alan Long (Tom)


    4. WISH **Invited to the Gala Finals!**

    As her final wish from the Make A Wish Foundation, Stephanie, a terminally ill teenager, meets her childhood hero, actor Jack Grant. But the moment Stephanie has dreamed about isn’t exactly as she imagined it would be.

    Writer: Bokkie Robertson

    Director: Rebecca Wright

    Cast: Christian Heath (Jack Grant), Ally Morgan (Stephanie Anderson)


    5. CHOOSE

    No actors. One volunteer. One voice over. A choose your own adventure!

    Writer: Sam Jenkins

    Director: Sam Jenkins

    ITC: Sam Jenkins

    Cast: : Sam Jenkins (The Narrator)


    6. THE HUMAN RACE

    Human conception, birth, life and death in 10 minutes. 'The Human Race' deals with what it means to be human and the rituals that make us who we are. Only one thing is certain: the race is on and we don't have long.

    Writer: Mark Sims

    Director: Mark Sims

    ITC: The Meerkat Collective

    Cast: Marty Rhone (Narrator), Heath Sims (Irwin), Liz Wilkinson (Female Egg/Love Interest), David Bruce (Man/Father), Jacqui Greenfield (Woman/Mother), Luke Beattie (Sperm/Extra), John Tsioulos (Sperm/Extra), Sinui Horus Pavino (Sperm/Extra), Jessica Hanlon (Sperm/Extra), Timothy McArtney (Composer)


    7. WHERFORE ART THOU OH WRITING INSPIRATION **Invited to the People's Choice Showcase!**

    If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if I act as a fool, shall inspiration not come?

    Writer: Jeffrey Hampson

    Director: Courtney Powell

    ITC: Centrique Theatre

    Cast: Jeffrey Hampson (William Shakespeare)


    8. AFTERWARDS

    Five women will take the audience on a moving journey by sharing their experiences of their abuse in the hopes of helping others do the same. (TRIGGER WARNING: Rape, Suicide.)

    Writer:  Alex Broun

    Director: Natasha McDonald

    Cast: Nicole Harwood (Meg), Natasha McDonald (Sissy), Ashley Shaw (Caroline), Imogen Furniss (Kendra), Charlotte Baker (Jenny)


    9. IT’S A BUMPY RIDE

    Emma, a young professional boards a plane to attend her mother's wedding in FIJI. The young man who sits next to her is not what you want next to you for four hours especially when you find out who he is.

    Writer: Kellie Eatock

    Director: Felix Carlyle

    Cast: Luke Berman (Guy), Hannah McLean (Emma) 


    10. DERRICK THE FAT MAN

    The President of a futuristic world has introduced an Act to eliminate obese people. Brothers Derrick and Saul race against time to reach their ideal weight. Will they become casualties of this new law?

    Writer: Brett Joachim

    Director: Brett Joachim

    ITC: Mercury Twin Productions

    Cast: David Wiernik (Derrick), Danny Nercessian (Saul), June Holmes (Mum), Sarah Foukas (Reporter/Army Man) 


Top 80 - Week 2

  1. 1. THE LEAST IMPOSSIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED THIS EVENING

    James, 16, really likes Kellie. Like, LIKE, likes Kellie. Unfortunately, he is no longer in control. In the following conversation, between the confused teenager, the Creator of the Universe and heart-broken Cupid, dark secrets are revealed about what love is.

    Writer: Matthew Friedman

    Director: Matthew Friedman

    ITC: The Drama Queens

    Cast: Matthew Friedman (James)


    2. INSERT NAME HERE

    A married couple, finding ways to cope with an event that has changed their lives, struggle to find the right name.

    Writer: Dan Bateman (Original Story) &

    Ms Alle Segretti (Adaptation)

    Director: Ms Alle Segretti

    Cast: Alexandra Rigby, Haki Crisden


    3. PRESTO

    Career options are kind of limited when you're a rabbit. For one hopeful young rabbit, discovering moments before the curtains rise that magic is just smoke and mirrors means it's time to consider other options.

    Writer: Michael McRae

    Director: Henrietta Stathopoulos

    With: Mattison Tabone as Stage Manager

    Cast: Mario Fouad (Magician), Cynthia Florek (Stage Manager), Patrice Rielly (Magician’s Assistant),  Mandy Sugar (Rabbit), Emma Webb (Monkey) 


    4. CHAT TO DEATH

    Chatting on line can be fun but sometimes can have deadly consequences. 

    Writer: Robert Renshaw

    Director: Melinda Latsos

    ITC: Actors Anonymous Inc.

    Cast: Robert Rosina (Male), Natasha McDonald (Sally)


    5. SO SAYS THE SEA **Invited to the People's Choice Showcase!**

    After being dumped, Dee and her best friend Poppy head to the sea. But they aren't the only ones escaping the past. They run into two British boys, Tom and Lucas, and a fateful kiss changes relationships and lives forever.

    Writer: Rachel Welch

    Director: James Hartley

    ITC: Upper Crass Theatre Company

    Cast: Maddy Stedman (Poppy), Aleks Mikic (Lucas), Petrie Porter (Dee), Alex Cubis (Tom)


    6. SCREAMERS! **Invited to the Gala Finals!**

    If a quick look back at our recent political history is terrifying, then a quick look forward into our social future surely is enough to make you wanna scream! This camp and crazy mash up of Mad Max & Wiz of Oz is designed to help you let off some steam and laugh about it all!

    Writer: Gavin Vance

    Director: Gavin Vance

    ITC: Red Roar

    Cast: Joseph Chetty (Dorothy), Jackie Vance (Aunty Entity),

    Taras Jones (Harpist), Jacques Thong (Costumier), Dan Jones (Dorothy's Shoes) 


    7. CHANCE YOU CAN DANCE

    Four quirky characters enter a dance contest. Will they overcome their fears and embrace their unique dance methods to create a beautiful unified mess of expressive dance? There's definitely a chance!

    Devised: Jo Ford

    Developed: The Cast

    Director: Jo Ford

    ITC: shutup

    Cast: Drew Holmes (Host/Judge), Jo Ford (Fluer), Hilary Park (Tin Tin), Stephanie Priest (Harmony), Lukas Quinn (Glen) 


    8. 36 TRAITS OF MATCHMAKING

    The play poses a dilemma for an Indian son who has moved to Australia and unable to commit to an Indian girl that his mother has arranged for him to marry by matching their horoscopes. To Father’s surprise there’s an Aussie girl sharing the place with his son!

    Writer: Neena Badhwar

    Director: Aishveryaa Nidhi

    ITC: Abhinay School of Performing Arts

    With: Sanjay Patel, Shourya Nidhi

    Cast: Khushaal Vyas (Rahul), Jessica Lowe (Samantha), Aishveryaa Nidhi (Mother), Nisar Sirguroh (Father)


     


    9. ENCOUNTER

    How close is too close? That's too close. Stop it. Please stop that.

    Writer: Renee Boyer-Willisson

    Director: Evin Donohoe

    Cast: Diley Alanca (Chris), Lyndsey Fay Macnaught (Alex)


    10. BUSINESS MEETING

    A surrealist comedy about office life, because office life is a surrealist comedy.

    Writer: Ryan Pemberton

    Director: Ryan Pemberton

    ITC: Short+Sweet Canberra Winner

    Cast: Brendan Kelly (Stan), Tom Shortt (Shan), Mitch Gosling (Denton)

    Scott Bowcher (Violin), Dylan Hekimian (Guitar), Russell Nash (Maracas), Colin Giles (Tequila) 


Top 80 - Week 3

  1. 1. GOING VIRAL

    Two parents in conversation with their child: What is Facebook? Well it’s something that may have been more popular when you were little. You mean everyone can see all these photos of me? Nooo. Well... yes.

    Writer: Brandon Crose

    Director: Christine Wykes

    Cast: Max Mulvenney (child), Tom Rose, Katherine Babatzanis


    2. REGRET

    Brian is 42 and ready for love. He travels far to find a wife. But on his way to happiness, he makes a choice that he will learn to regret.

    Writer: Joy Roberts

    Director: Glen Pead

    ITC: Improvising Change

    Cast: James Belfrage (Brian), Katharine Marie Richardson (Oksana), Joanna Kedziora (Luba/Katie)


    3. TRANSACTIONS **Invited to the Gala Finals!**

    A lonely man is visiting a prostitute. He's trying to buy the life he's dreaming of; she's tired of playing the strange role he wants. Tonight he can only afford ten minutes, and it's not going to go as planned.

    Writer: Scott McAteer

    Director: Ingrid Ganley

    ITC: Hobart Quartet | Short+Sweet Hobart Winner

    Cast: Ivano Del Pio, Karissa Lane  


    4. ROUGHING IT

    A couple go camping at their honeymoon spot to bring the flame back. However, can they get over the hurts, the pain they caused to each other and themselves?

    Writer: Kylie Rackham

    Director: Jovana Miletic

    Composer: Roman Pechersky

    Photographer: Nic Dracoulis

    Cast: Alex Brown (Dave)


    5. SPIDEY GLASS

    Riches, success, adoration, love. Bestowed upon the superhero, adorned by the film star for merely waltzing into the room. But for the common man, obtaining these becomes a mortal struggle. All the more so, when all he has, what... booze?

    Writer: Alex Langenfeld

    Director: Daniel Cohn

    Cast: Christian Heath (Josh), Kate Williams   


    6. GOD: THE PERFORMANCE REVIEW **Invited to the People's Choice Showcase!**

    Pandemics, climate change, terrorism and countless wars (not to mention Justin Bieber!) have not impressed God's employer, Universes Incorporated. Something must be done quick smart if God wants to avoid a work-for-the-dole program. This is God's Judgment day, corporate HR style!

    Writer: Allan West

    Director: Simon Doctor

    Cast: Benjamin Bonar (Jason), Leyla Hart-Svensson (Ms Parkes), Edith Hueck (God), Nick Wright (Mr Maxwell)      


    7. MORTGAGE

    When Tim, an "equine bio-waste transportation engineer", and his wife Sandy meet Max, a mortgage broker who de-sexes farm animals in his office on weekends, they end up with problems worse than a second coming of the global financial crisis.

    Writer: Aaron Nilan

    Director: Toast D'Bechamel

    ITC: Actors Anonymous

    Cast: Alastair Buchanan (Max), Jaymie Knight (Tim), Justine Keim (Sandy), Kat Morel (Girl with cat) 


    8. EVELYN

    Evelyn has been in a domestically violent relationship for nearly all of her marriage. But when her husband dies at home of a heart attack, she is reluctant to let his body leave the house without a proper goodbye; especially when that bastard God got in before her.

    Writer: Brett Heath

    Director: Brett Heath

    ITC: The Lo-La Co.


    9. DANCING ON A BLUE COMET

    An aspiring comic book writer and established comic book editor meet and connect over dreams lost and found, economics, the various strengths and limitations of being a superhero and the chance of a brighter future.

    Writer: Phillip Gallop

    Director: Phillip Gallop

    ITC: Lazy Eye Productions

    Cast: Phillip Gallop (Cormac), Roslyn Hicks (Ashling)


    10. HEART WRENCHED

    A prince comes to the rescue of his captured princess.. but does she really want to be rescued?

    Writer: Isaac Owen

    Director: Julian Ramundi

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Sydney

    Cast: Rosemary Ghazi (Princess), Sam Jenkins (Prince), Luke Jovanovic (Villain), Teresa Zaidan (Director)


Top 80 - Week 4

  1. 1. THE LAST THREE BLONDES

    What would happen if Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace and Princess Di met now?

    Writer: Phillip McDonald

    Director: Ruth Fingret

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Sydney

    Cast: Debbie Neilson (Marilyn Munroe), Michela Carattini (Princess Grace Kelly), Justine Scali (Princess Diana), Dudley Levell


    2. MEMBERS ONLY

    Never forget your passwords and access codes!! Commit them to memory as you will need them all your life - and death! Why didn’t Karen take heed of this advice?

    Writer: Jane Cafarella

    Director: Mark Gerard Nagle

    Cast: Bodelle De Ronde (Karen), Amelia Morris (Concierge), Joanna Kedziora (Gabriele)


    3. 30ILY EVER AFTER

    Marry your best friend, if you hit 30, and you're still single? Cate and Jack made such a pact (legally binding, obviously) when they were just 15. Will they follow through, or is 15 years of promise making not enough collateral for a successful marriage? Happy ever after, indeed.

    Writer: Courtney Powell

    Director: Jeffrey Hampson

    Cast: Courtney Powell (Cate), Jeffrey Hampson (Jack )


    4. THE WATER’S EDGE

    Isabelle suffers from early on-set dementia and drifts between moments of lucidity and a dream-like state, believing herself to be dating a soldier in the 1940s. Her husband indulges Isabelle’s fantasies whilst struggling to piece together his own crumbling reality. Writer: Michael Lill

    Director: Anna Potter

    Cast: Alizon Vosburgh, Neil Modra


    5. AN ENGLISH GENTLEMAN

    Roger is dedicated to the arts, gardening and the finer things in life. He's a true living treasure. He's now featuring in the pilot of a new television series "English Living Treasures".

    Writer: Jovana Miletic

    Director: Stephen Carnell

    ITC: Actors Anonymous Inc

    Cast: David Attrill (Roger)


    6. THE BRIDGE **Invited to the Gala Finals!**

    Penny has put a lot of thought into her suicide.  She has even memorized the lines to a pertinent Coleridge poem.  Or so she thought.  An unexpected encounter with Roger, who knows his Coleridge well and always travels with a snack, gives them both time to think before they jump.

    Writer: Jessica E Anderson

    Director: Sharlene Zeederberg

    Cast: Peter Condon (Roger), Katharine Babatzanis


    7. PERFECT PROFILES

    Technology connects us, but do we really feel in a virtual world?  Glowing portals calculate our profiles and filter our attempts to truly belong with another.  What happens to our profiles when we dare to dance in shared light?

    Choreographer: Elizabeth McMahon

    Director: Elizabeth McMahon

    ITC: Bodyflight

    Dancers: Elizabeth McMahon, Ash Robinson

    Composers: Eraldo Bernocchi, Harold Budd. Music for Fragments from the Inside "Five" 


    8. FAMILY DINNER

    In the Adelmann household, family dinner has become an enduring ritual. Tonight, four very different perspectives on life will collide at the table, but this time someone will be pushed too far.

    Writer: Heidi Silberman

    Director: Nick Field

    Cast: Edith Hueck (Skye), George Trippis (Rafe), Antonia Zappia (Louisa)


    9. I DO?

    What happens when a bride is dressed and ready to walk down the aisle on the happiest day of her life and although it’s all she ever wanted, will she finally say “I do”?

    Writer: Joanna Murray Smith

    Director: Samantha Bauer

    ITC: The Drama Queens

    Cast: Sharon Bar-On


    10. ANOTHER DAY OUT WITH THE MATES **Invited to the People's Choice Showcase!**

    “Another Day Out With The Mates” is a sequel. The story follows eight criminals who are in weekend detention along with yet again another new shy field officer. Find out what mischief odd characters get up to this time!

    Writer: Marcia Neilson

    Director: Debbie Neilson

    Cast: Richard Littlehales (Winterbottem), Victor Moore (Crabtree), Luke Reeves (Horne), Kerry Russell (Wepu), Alannah Robertson (Officer Snodgrass), Pauline Gardner (Sister Absist), David Berry (Condon), Glenn Wanstall (Cockburn), James Walkom (Swindle), Les Davidson (Brownscombe), Amylea Griffin (Officer Huntsmen)


Top 80 - Week 5

  1. 1. LOCKOUT: THE MUSICAL

    Six people arrive late at a theatre, and must spend the first 10 minutes of the show waiting in the foyer. Some will see the lockout as an opportunity, some as a curse. Some will do anything to get in!

    Writer: Alena Titterton

    Director: Alena Titterton

    ITC: Berzurka Productions

    Musical Arrangement & Recording: Tauese Tofa & Steve Body, Reveal Music

    Choreographers: Mark Hill, Samantha Leigh Dodemaide

    Producers: Michael Dowling, Alena Titterton

    Cast: Michael Dowling (George), Elly Hiraani Clapin (Jemima), David Hov (Theo), Raphael Hudson (Usher), Carmen Lysiak (Susan), Graham Stoney (Tom), Alena Titterton (Annie)
    lockoutthemusical.com


    2. THE AUDITION

    Auditioning for a role Meg desperately wants, she stumbles her way through an embarrassingly, poorly delivered monologue.  With so much at stake, can Meg pull herself together in time to impress the director?

    Writer: Samira Wyld

    Director: Samira Wyld

    ITC: Wyldlake Productions

    Cast: Susan Stenlake, Chris Kellett


    3. A PINCH OF FATE, A SHOT OF DESTINY

    A businesswoman reaches down to pick up a coin she dropped into the street just as a speeding car comes right at her. What happens next even surprises the angel of death.

    Writer: Mark Sasse

    Director: Tara Gallop-Brennan

    Cast: Hilary Park (Narrator), Eden Scott (Rebecca), Matthew Archer (Mitch),


    4. CHARMING

    Jennifer thinks she may finally have found her Prince Charming! He's sweet and funny, he might even be a good kisser,  but is he really meant for her?

    Writer: Mark Harvey Levine

    Director: Sue Chapman

    ITC: Blacktown Theatre Company

    Cast: Nicole Smith (Jennifer), Daniel Boole (Matthew)


    5. TAGGED **Invited to the People's Choice Showcase!**

    No secrets are safe from social media.

    Writer: Russell Bell

    Director: Steven Tait

    Cast: Jack Douglas (Man), Ally O'Brien (Woman), Mark Longhurst (Waiter) 


    6. FRIENDS REQUEST

    Two lovely fanatics will take a quick few moments of your time to share a wondrous new religion changing people's lives. Will you be next?!

    Writer: Jessica Fallico

    Director: Sahn Millington

    ITC: Trio

    Cast: Errenn Ball (Advocate 1), Shannon Mills (Advocate 2)


    7. CAPTAIN EVERYTHING

    He's all kinds of superheroes rolled into one. You couldn't put him in a box, right?

    Writer: Pete Malicki

    Director: Georgina Carr & Quinn Griggs

    ITC: Short+Sweet Hobart

    Cast: Noah Casey

    *This play is not eligible for votes*


    8. NO MAN’S LAND

    Based on a true story a ceasefire was organised to bury the dead lost in No Man’s Land - between Turkish and Allied trenches at Gallipoli, May 1915. During the burial detail men from opposing sides met on neutral ground.

    Writer: Kaz Getts

    Director: Warren Bradey and Kaz Getts

    ITC: RAPA

    Cast: Ali Aitken (Goddess Hera/Mum), Holly Royce (Goddess Aphrodite/Anya), Henry Coleman (Australian Soldier at Gallipoli) 


    9. THE DEAD EX

    What do you do when your ex-girlfriend keeps turning up uninvited?

    Writer: Vee Malner

    Director: Tom Richards

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Sydney

    Cast: James Cameron, Lisa Hanssens, Liz Hovey


    10. MANSTRUATING **Invited to the Gala Finals!**

    Relationships - they are a merry dance.  There's give and take, but sometimes you need to think outside the box when your feelings are on the line.

    Writer: Adam Szudrich

    Director: Grant Wilson

    Cast: Emma Playfair (woman), David Owens


Top 80 - Week 6

  1. 1. SOLAR

    Who knows how to fix the dwindling habitat thanks to global warming to the Polar Bear? Danny Everest does.

    Writer: Pete Malicki

    Director: Lyn Chick

    Cast: Ebony Halliday (Polar), Jordan Sykes (Danny Everest)

    *Not eligible for votes*


    2. A BITTER PILL

    Rebecca is a drug-addict and prostitute who is abannonded by all her ‘friends’ when she gets sick. A harrowing, true story of a young woman’s last days.

    Writer: Garreth Cruikshank

    Director: Garreth Cruikshank

    ITC: Kameleon Productions

    Cast: Louise Gowing


    3. A CASE OF ACUTE ANGINA

    A light hearted, slightly absurd take on the breakdown of communication that occurs during the process of ageing. When hearing loss becomes a problem for the elderly should they consult  a cardiologist, an audiologist, a gynecologist or a dentist?

    Writer: Lyndall Johnson

    Director: Lyndall Johnson

    ITC: Little Black Cat Productions

    Cast: Sebastian Wang (Alva Goodall), Alison Albany (Ambulance Officer)


    4. SPEAKING FREELY **Invited to the Gala Finals!**

    Young veterinarian Kelly is looking for love, but as her blind date with Blake unfolds she realises this isn’t going to be the magical night she had hoped for. Think you’ve been on the worst date before? Think again.

    Writer: Jack Kelly

    Director: Serhat Caradee

    Cast: Hunter Mcmahon (Blake), Krystle Hill (Kelly), Sebastian Angborn (Blake C), Amanda Collins (Kelly C)


    5. FINDING LOVE@.COM

    Finding love across the world is hard... unless you have match.com

    Writer: Cary Pepper

    Director: Deanna CoCo

    Cast: Freya Jokela, James Stubbs Grigoriou


    6. BRAINSTRUST

    Our PM is  in need of a distraction to take the heat off the budget..will his brainstrust suceed

    Writer: Craig Delahoy

    Director: Larry Kelly

    Cast: James Parbery (PM), Brooke Doherty (Constanace), Luke Brattoni( Digby)


    7. THE GARAGE SALE

    It's a long day when you hold a garage sale and nobody's interested.

    Writer: Wendy Crew

    Director: Wendy Crew

    ITC: The Performance Crew

    Cast: Lisa Hanssens (Seller) 


    8. A BUG’S RIGHTS **Invited to the People's Choice Showcase!**

    A cantankerous judge meets his match when a crack addicted lawyer pushes for a universal declaration of insect rights. But neither of them could anticipate the lawyer's client; the provocative and radical Jorge the beetle.

    Writer: James Hartley

    Director: James Shepherd

    ITC: Upper Crass Theatre Company

    Cast: Tom Green (The Lawyer), James Hartley (The Judge), Bendeguz Devenyi-Botos (The Bug)


    9. ENCHANTED

    Neighbours disagree over their differing ways to relax. When does chanting become enchanting?

    Writer: Judy Couttie

    Director: Belinda Elchaar

    Artistic Consultant: Crissy de Silva

    ITC: Vedanta

    Cast: Aaron Scully, Louise Wildman, Belinda Elchaar, Marima Whitton, Felicity Jean


Top 80 - Week 7

  1. 1. MANY APPS MAKE LIGHT LIVING

    Two people meet at a bus stop.  One is immersed in her mobile, the other is attracted to her.  But can he get past the barrier of the apps on her phone and have they more in common than either of them realizes?  And can they survive the perils of having coffee on the other side of a busy road?

    Writer: Robert Ballinger

    Director: Robert Ballinger

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Sydney

    Cast: Cayde Fowler, Cocheene Smith 


    2. SCRATCH **Invited to the People's Choice Showcase!**

    A black comedy about the bleak future of contemporary cinema. When a suspicious, black Chrysler pulls up out the front of his house, couch potato, James, figures he owes money to the wrong people. The truth is far more severe.

    Writer: Tom Green

    Director: Tom Green

    ITC: Thieving Monkey Theatre Company

    Cast: James Shepherd (The Boss), Jed Clarke (James), Richie P. (Johnny), Shaun A. Robinson (Bob)


    3. DOIN’ IT BIRDY STYLE

    If not for sex ,plants would not bloom ,birds would not sing and hearts would not beat so fast.-Olivia Judson

    Writer: Stuart Boyce

    Director: Terry Meller

    Cast: Nib, Clara Jeanne


    4. INTERVIEW ROOM 2

    A week after a robbery at a mafia card game, a mysterious witness comes forward with some disturbing evidence. With her blood-red lipstick, she is under the spotlight. So why is it only the cops sweating?

    Writer: PAULENE TURNER

    Director: PAULENE TURNER

    ITC: MUSKETEER PRODUCTIONS

    Cast: MARGARETA MOIR, PAUL BYRNE, SHELLEY BOOTH


    5. DANCE PARTNERS

    The things we do, tell and dream of when looking for love – A young woman relates her epic journey to connect, seduce and play while dancing… in the rain.

    Writer: Sarah Pritchard

    Director: Cecile Payet

    Cast: Kat Hoyos (Miss 20 Something), Cyrus Henry (Some Young Guy)


    6. CROSSWORDS

    A husband and wife speak candidly about their relationship, trying to find comprimise and common ground.  This of course all happens while Raymond (the husband), does the daIly crossword from the toilet.

    Writer: Bob Guy

    Director: Edward Plowright

    Cast: Elisa Menniti  (Mandy), Raymond (Tom Archibald)


    7. TRUTH OR DARE **Invited to the Gala Finals!**

    3 bored friends play a harmless game.

    Writer: Rhys Cohen

    Director: Bendeguz Divenyi-Botos and Rhys Cohen

    ITC: Bendeguz Industries

    Cast: Patrick Richards, Georgie Veneziani, Morgan Davis


    8. NOT AGAIN

    A bloodied nose, and the timely arrival of a good Samaritan - it couldn't be simpler . . . or could it?

    Writer: Brian Haydon

    Director: Lorelei Tait

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Bundanoon

    Cast: Thomas-Andrew Baxter (Steve), Miranda Lean (Judy), David O'Halloran (Col)


    9. LIFE IS SWEET

    A girl’s love of chocolate puts her in a perilous situation.

    Writer: Trish Koutrodimos

    Director: Wayne Mitchell

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Sydney

    Cast: Raechel Carlsen, Cayde Fowler, Badai Flynn


Top 80 - Week 8

  1. VENUE - The Fusebox, Factory Theatre, Marrickville

    PERFORMANCE DATES - 25 Feb-1 March

    Wednesday-Thursday 7:30pm, Friday-Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 5:30pm
    BUY TICKETS


    1. STAR POWER

    A human discovers just how much a bit of star power can change not only his life but the fate of the whole world.

    Writer: Ted Wenskus

    Director: Renee Brack

    Cast: Dudley Levell, Mark Fowler, Sebastian Wang


    2. RAGHEAD

    On paper Sarah and Nick seem perfect for each other. Sarah’s confident, funny, smart, Nick is a great listener and a very compassionate person. But their first date goes horribly wrong when Sarah arrives in a veil.

    Writer: Tom Coash

    Director: Rebecca Wright

    Cast: Luke Berman, Bobbie-Jean Henning


    3. ASLEEP AND HIM

    Samm and Teddy are on a camping trip and all is well and good until Samm realizes she is dreaming. She must now confront the guy of her dreams and hold on to him before she wakes.

    Writer: Sarah Howell

    Director: Sarah Howell

    ITC: Short+Sweet Kuala Lumpur

    Cast: Theresa Wee-Yenko (Samm), Kamil Haque


    4. THEY’RE NOT NORMAL

    A sibling rivalry involving Raquel Welch and rabbits, the CIA and submarines.

    Writer: Graham Yates

    Director: Uma Kali Shakti

    ITC: Grinning Shark Productions

    Cast: Sandra Campbell (Her), Graham Yates (Him), Brad Yee (Mr Smith)


    5. THE AUDIENCE

    A thought-provoking reflection on visibility and the nature of the stage.

    Writer: Grant Woolley

    Director: Mark Fowler

    Cast: Jeannie Melinz (Sandra), Valentino Arico (Marcus)


    6. SNAIL MAIL

    Ray & John met by chance. Time and distance brought their friendship closer. What follows is an adventure around the world and deep into the human heart.

    Writer: Peter Bloem

    Director: Luke Berman

    ITC: Black Box Theatre

    Cast: Bobby Babin (Ray), James Belfrage (John)


    7. NO ROOM AT THE INN

    No Room at the Inn takes place in the living room of a share house inhabited by a brother and sister, the brothers boyfriend and this creepy guy who thinks he is Gollum from lord of the rings. We see this band of misfits fight over equality, bathroom etiquette and who gets to come to christmas dinner.

    Writer: Kirsty Budding

    Director: Samuel Lucas Allen

    ITC: Budding Theater

    Cast: William Short (James), Julian Hall (James), Izzy Stevens (Hellen), Oliver Morassut (Gollum), Patrick Varming


    8. MILTON

    I'm twenty-eight, single, and to date have killed nine people - kind of.. So says Luke to Dr Abrahams, a celebrated psychiatrist, whose attempts to help him will lead to the conjuring of a deadly alter ego.

    Writer: Robert Armstrong

    Director: Rosemary Ghazi

    Cast: Michael Smith (Luke), James Parbery (Dr Abrahams), Glenn Wanstall


    9. UNFORGETTABLE

    Inspired by real-life stories, “Unforgettable”  is a funny, bold and moving look into dementia and the lives of Flo and Cecil - two 80-something year old pensioners with many a song to sing and a lifetime of stories to tell. Join them as they talk family, memory, love and life in the nursing home.

    Writer: Stephanie Priest and Drew Holmes

    Director: Stephanie Pries and Drew Holmes. Co-directed by Chloe Perrett.

    ITC: Shady Palms Productions

    Cast: Stephanie Priest (Flo), Drew Holmes (Cecil)


Wildcards - Week 1

  1. 1. THE TRANSFORMATIVE POTENTIAL OF LAUNDRY

    It's laundry night in Newtown and Sam's got a load of darks. He wants to be left alone but tonight... Betty has other plans: she wants to make small talk. That makes Sam angry... and she won't like him when he's angry.

    Writer: Michael Ripley

    Director: Samuel Sida

    Cast: Aska Karem (Betty), Robert Deacon (Sam)


    2. IN A MOMENT

    When a tax accountant braves the outside world beyond her office, she is confronted by the reality of Sam, living life on the streets. Is Sam a noble bum preaching freedom or just another homeless cockroach magnet? In a moment, everything changes.

    Writer: Tammy Tresillian

    Director: Melissa Maclean

    Cast: Michael Gencher (Sam), Talin Agon (Laura)


    3. THE DUTIFUL DAUGHTER

    As two sisters return from burying their mother, this psychological thriller asks just which one of them is 'the dutiful daughter'?

    Writer: Suzy Wilds

    Director: Angeline Andrews

    Cast: Sarah North (Deb),

    Laura Galbraith (Gail)


    4. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY

    Marie is hosting the weekly family get together, but she's struggling to fit it into her busy schedule. Will she get the apartment clean in time? Or worse, will she have time to hide the pack of shop bought biscotti?

    Writer: Elisa Cristallo

    Director: Kirsty McGowan

    ITC: Crystalline Productions

    Cast: Elisa Cristallo (Marie)


    5. HUMPTIE DE UMPTIE

    What really happened to Humpty Dumpty? This social conscience character driven play uses Nursery Rhymes Characters to explore ‘what is mental illness’? Is it created by a chemical imbalance, life trauma, or a by-product of society labeling everyone who is different and eccentric as a ‘fruit cake’ and imposing ‘norms’?

    Writer: Ridwan Hassim

    Director: Ridwan Hassim

    ITC: Abhinay School of Performing Arts

    Cast: Barry Walsh (Humptie de Umptie), Emily Ward (Little Lamb), Leyla Iman (Old Mother Hubbard), Ridwan Hassim, Tsu Shan Chambers, Uma Kali Shakti


    6. ALTERNATE SERVE **Invited to the Wildcards Finals!**

    Are we entitled to complain about the food at a charity dinner - and is the waiter to blame?

    Writer: Paul Madden

    Director: Michael Whalley

    Cast: Craig Hall (Waiter), Simon London (Brett)


    7. LIPSTICK AND MIRRORS

    A girl seeks approval from the universe to move on with her life after the tragic disappearance of the older sister Chloe. Writer: Beverley Lello

    Director: Megan Robinson

    Cast: Katrina Papadopouloa (Girl)


     


    8. POOH POOH LIKE CHOO CHOO

    Reece thinks he has found the perfect home. And so begins an epic battle with Choo Choo, a dog whose main method of combat is through relieving his bowels/bladder wherever he sees fit. Only one of them can reign supreme!

    Writer: Jeremy Mohamed

    Director: Jeremy Mohamed

    ITC:  Cosmic Perspectives

    Cast: Jeremy Mohamed (Choo Choo), Leilani Loau (Isabelle), Andrew Dwyer (Reece)


    9. DAYS O’FOUR LIVES

    The dramatic lives of four people entwined with secets, love and the unity of family.

    Writer: Natalie Banach

    Director: Natalie Banach

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Cronulla

    Cast: Angela Gibson (Hopeful), James Smithers (Ridgeedidge), Brad Yee (Dr Beau Tox) 


    10. THE HUMAN DILEMMA

    In the future androids rule the world. Bleep has come home to confront his parents and learn his origin. The girls in school aren't interested in him, he doesn’t seem to appreciate certain adult books, yes, there’s something that doesn't quite compute for poor Bleep.

    Writer: Earl T. Roske

    Director: Marley Erueti

    Cast: Richard Littlehales (Bleep), John Barkley (Stanbuilt), Corinne Sennitt (Chromita)


Wildcards - Week 2

  1. 1. IN BED TONIGHT WITH STAN AND MILLIE

    A little phone call, with big consequences.

    Writer: Wayne Guy

    Director: Zoe Tomaras

    Cast: Victoria Little (Millie), Jack Bunting (Stan) 


    2. ICE AGE

    Two girls, aged 8 and 10, imagine what life would be like in the Ice Age in an attempt to escape the reality that a man with sinister intentions will soon arrive.

    Writer: Sue Clennell

    Director: David Hov

    Cast: Siobhan Ryan (Rachel), Claire Guiffre (Wendy)


    3. PEE BUDDIES **Invited to the Wildcards Finals!**

    A desperate man enlists the help of a co-worker to conquer his embarrassing fear.

    Writer: Shane Murphy

    Director: Jon Emmett

    Cast: Reece Lyndon (Don), Scott Dias (Glenn), Jon Emmett (Co-Worker)   


    4. VOICING UP THE MARRIAGE

    Rule one: Don't bring work home with you. Rule two: Voice your feelings, it is cleansing! Sometimes. A story about a married couple and their individual but remarkably similar career aspirations. Writer: Dr D. Bruno Starrs

    Director: Jade Alex

    ITC: Actors Anonymous Inc.

    Cast: Emma Medbury, Stephen Bracken


    5. PEACE AND POUT

    It's Friday night and small recovery group gather to share their addiction. Attended by Lucy the peer leader, Katie the group veteran & Jessy the newbie. It all goes as usual until a new member interrupts, putting in jeopardy the group's recovery. Writer: Carolina Diaz

    Director: Carolina Diaz and Abby Hosie

    ITC: Morula Theatre Company

    Cast: Melissa Kathryn Rose, Ash Macdougall, Abby Hosie


    6. TAKE TWO

    A couple discovers that reconciliation can be tricky--especially when a pre-nup is involved.

    Writer: Chris Shaw Swanson

    Director: Marcelle Wever

    Cast: Laura Goddard, Jonathon Emmett


    7. TOBA TEK SINGH

    A few years after India’s independence, following the decisions taken by both countries’ governments, Muslim lunatics are being sent to Pakistan and Hindu lunatics to India. Tobatek Singh, a Sikh lunatic will soon be sent to India. This is his story.

    Writer: Shruti Ghosh (Adaption) Saadt Hassan Manto (Original Piece)

    Director: Shruti Ghosh

    ITC: NAUTANKI THEATRE INC

    Cast: Shruti Ghosh, Neel Banerjee


    8. THE GREAT ADVERNTURE

    A reflection on the First World War based on the real life recollection and diaries of Australian First World War Soldiers. Lest we forget.

    Writer: Damian Madden

    Director: Xenia Bevitori

    Set Design: Curb Collective

    Cast: William Mellor


    9. FOOD PORN ’77

    Food porn ‘77 explores society’s increasingly heavy reliance on the virtual world for social interactions and relationships.

    Writer: Pooja Nellore

    Director: Dale William Morgan

    Costumes: Patrick Anderson, Without Question Clothing Company

    ITC: Sydney Theatre School

    Cast: Adam Golledge (ROBMYHEART24), Alys Gwillim (Justine), Jake Ludlow (MARK_PAPI)


    10. THE LITERARY MONOGAMIST

    Lizzie and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice deal with a particularly troubling reader with the help of a cavalcade of fictional guest stars.

    Writer: John Lombard

    Director: Brittany Ayden

    Cast: Mandy Sugar (Darcy), Emma Webb (Elizabeth), Patrice Rielly (Jesus), James Irvine (Kirk), Cynthia Florek (Spock)   


Wildcards - Week 3

  1. 1. SELLING MARS

    How much is Mars worth to you? No not the chocolate bar, the PLANET?! What would you be prepared to do to acquire it?

    Writer: Claire Oberdorfer, Jarrah Russel, Luka Anderson

    Director: Richard Short

    ITC: Sydney Story Factory

    Dramaturg and Assistant Director: Uma Kali Shakti

    Costume Designer: Jessica Hannah

    Cast: Jarrah Russel (George), Luka Anderson (Meerkat), Claire Oberdorfer (Kate)


    2. A GOOD DEED FOR MR STINKY

    Emma has just lost her life in a car accident, but finds it impossible to move on, and is trapped in the park where the accident happened. She is Invisible to everyone except Dan, a homeless man whose existence is denied by society. Chance or fate? Can two invisible people help each other discover what it takes to move on?

    Writer: Judith Anne Duncan

    Director: Sheenal Srivastava

    Cast: Lachlan McWilliam (Dan Mills), Sophia Robinson (Emma Carsen)


    3. THE JOB INTERVIEW

    A job-seeker gets so disgruntled with an obnoxious Employment Agent that he decides to meet him in disguise and turn the tables on his power game.

    Writer: Xeno Nemos

    Director: Gina Cohen

    ITC: Natural Born

    Cast: David Tieck, Jeremy Godwin (Jeremy), Chiara Gizzi (Mandy)


    4. UNSPOKEN

    'Unspoken' touches on those conversations that we don't have, the masks we wear and the idea that you never really know what's going on for someone.

    Writer: Nicole Pesa

    Director: Nicole Pesa

    ITC: Nicole Pesa

    Cast: Dennis Sykes (Sam), Natasha Frangoff (Ricky)

    With: Composer - Leonie Belshaw


    5. BUS STOP

    Two young girls have been waiting for a long time at a bus stop. Since they’ve run out of jokes , they start making fun of an old Indian man for their amusement. However, this amusement leads to a unexpected drama.

    Writer: Arvind Shukla

    Director: Arvind Shukla

    ITC: Abhinay School of performing arts Choreographer: Richa Joshi

    Cast: Annais Gallo, Pari Parandoush, Arvind Shukla, Diana Nikitenko, Nikita Nikitenko, Elizaveta Nikitenko


    6. SHIRLEY VS. THE SQUIRRELS **Invited to the Wildcards Finals!**

    In an ongoing battle for her prize-winning garden, Shirley attempts to enlist the help of her daughter and son-in-law to protect and defend her crops from those shifty, yet at times cute, bastards called squirrels.

    Writer: Camilla Maxwell

    Director: Kel Vance

    Cast: Debbie Tilley (Shirley), Margareta Moir (Chloe), George Trippis (Jonathan)


    7. LEO RISING

    A jilted bride faces up to her groom and embarks on a journey of self discovery! Writer: Angie Farrow

    Director: Chrissy de Silva

    Artistic Consultant: Belinda Elchhar

    Cast: Donna Randall (Sharlene, jilted bride), David Shaw (derelict street busker) , Chrissy de Silva (silent role - substitue for Sammy/absent groom)


    8. A LITTLE SUGAR

    Robert is senior advisor to Minister for Planning. He makes a series of choices that lead him to a place he doesn't want to be. As things heat up, Robert pulls out his father's old blues record collection and things get very strange...

    Writer: Lisa Kelaher

    Director: Lisa Kelaher

    ITC: Backstage Pass

    Cast: Dean Vince, Helena Sawires


    9. CAMPFIRE STORIES

    Some mates, Matthew, Woody, Kim and Ned, are out camping and decide to pass around some old stories. Sounds like a joke right? Seems like some of these guys might have different ideas about what a good punchline is.

    Writer: Keith Davidson

    Director: Brandon Lacey

    With: Lizzie Lockett (Makeup Artist), Natasha Lacey (Prop Specialist)

    Cast: Caspar Hardaker (Woody), Daniel Pollock (Matthew), Jim McInnes, Mark Herrison


Wildcards - Week 4

  1. 1. THE SIXTH TIME’S THE CHARM

    Two long time best friends explore online dating yet again. Will their friendship survive Sarah's sixth attempt at finding Mr. Right?

    Writer: Deanna Ableser

    Director: Simon Lee

    Cast: Nerida Bronwen, Bailey Thompson


    2. WRECKAGE

    Two people. One is waiting. One is going, gone... But where. But how.

    Writer: Rosemary Johns

    Director: Julia McNamara

    Cast: Lucy Chen (B), Hannah Quinn (A)


    3. WHERE WERE YOU?

    As two people stand on the edge of a new era, they discover there's always more than one way to look at the world.

    Writer: Martin Cooper

    Director: Martin Cooper

    ITC: Fast+Fresh Sydney | Chevalier College

    Cast: James Sherley (Chris), Michael Ackroyd (George), Jacob Sgouros (Andrew) 


    4. POSITION VACANT

    Dylan needs a summer job and is nervous about his interview with retail chain "Mildred Scarfe". He knows he should relax, after all he's got plenty of experience and it's only a job interview.  What's the worst that could happen?

    Writer: Bryan Pike

    Director: Glenn Wanstall

    Cast: Luke Reeves (Dylan), Liz Hovey (Julie), Miriam Capper (Karen), Valentino Arico (Gary), Debbie Nielson


    5. I SEE YOU

    Mark and Charlotte had a fight at dinner. But will Charlotte get the chance to say what she needs to say? For Kevin. #WWKD

    Writer: Amy Maddison

    Director: Julie Zimmerman

    Rehearsal Space: PM-Partners

    Artwork: The Dapper Brothers

    Cast: Jessica Saras (Charlotte), Thomas Atkins (Mark)


    6. GOOGLE’S – FIX THE WORLD PROJECT

    In the year 2019, Google controls enough of the data and the money to rule the world.

    Writer: Felix Carlyle

    Director: Michael McCrann


    7. BRENDAN

    This play is about how an autistic man is viewed by a family member compared to a non-family member. It also explores how an autistic man might respond to either person.

    Writer: Bass Hathaway

    Director: Bass Hathaway

    ITC: One Man Crew Productions

    Cast: Emma Zaia (Mandy), Mark Herisson, Bruno Attanasio


    8. THEY MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME

    A worn-out mother makes a desperate plea for her children and is forced to make a terrible decision

    Writer: Peter Tucker

    Director: Nat Barry Backhouse

    Cast: Natalie Freeman (Evie), Tim Ressos (Terry)


    9. AA

    A large group of individuals are brought together to discuss why their eccentric personalities are not suitable for the corporate world.

    Writers: A.Fisher, M.Pilling, J.Spindlow, P.Flores, G.Wilson, C.Wilson, T.Ford, T.Salama Fox, R.Sacedon & A.Scully

    Director: Aaron Scully

    ITC: The Hills Drama School

    Cast: Alec Fisher (Cowboy), Jason Spindlow (Impressionist), Chris Wilson (Mime Artist), Ash Kumar (Villain), Tina Salma Fox (Method), Sarah Swann (Musical Theatre), Emma Hughes (Classical), Peachy Flores (Kids Entertainer), Randa Sacedon (Action Hero)


    10. LOST PROPERTY **Invited to the Wildcards Finals!**

    The clothes don't make the man...unless you're Superman and you've had your costume stolen in the locker room of a Sydney train station. To what extremes will the dashing defender go to save his threads and his dignity?

    Writer: Robert Luxford

    Director: Grace O'Connell

    Cast: Nick Wright (Superman), Jenae O'Connor (Clerk)


Wildcards - Week 5

  1. 1. WANDA AND LEE

    Lee confides to her friend Wanda about another break up and Wanda takes the opportunity to educate her about men.

    Writer: Cooee Capella

    Director: Vee Malnar

    ITC: Rock Chikz

    Cast: Anita Lenzo (Wanda), Melissa Myles (Lee), Glenn Groves (Paul)


    2. HAROLD EVENTUALLY RECONCILES WITH HIS SISTER IN ONE SECOND

    A deconstructed conversation between siblings after the death of their mother.

    Writer: Jason Pizzarello

    Director:Erin Brookhouse

    Cast: Jacqueline Marriott (Julie), Caspar Hardaker (Harold)


    3. THE BODY

    An elderly couple are ready and eager to throw a party for their younger friend and her new partner. Everything is set perfectly, except for the dead body under the table.

    Writer: Chris Naylor

    Director: Luke Holmes

    ITC: The Body Productions

    Cast: Frank S Davidson (James), Sandra Campbell (Cheryl), Rebecca Cuttance (Alice), Hayden Splitt (Gerald) 


    4. RESERVATIONS

    Edgar and Mae live a life of routine built on love and simpatico. But when Edgar breaks from their long-standing pattern, a moment is rekindled and irrevocably changed forever.

    Writer: Jeffrey Fischer-Smith

    Director: Matthew Spasaro

    Cast: Graham Egan (Edgar), Wendy Knight (Mae)


    5. THE MEANING OF LIVING

    Dr Mosely, a forensic pathologist for 18 years so he knows all about death, but does he know about life?

    Writer: Nikita Jones

    Director: John Tsioulos

    Cast: Stephen Allnutt (Dr Walker), Don Lacey (MItchell Walker), Robert McFarlane (Dead Guy)


    6. THE CATCH

    Writer: Ron Jones

    Director: Gillian Brennan

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Bundanoon

    Cast: Nicole Freeman, Anton Baggerman, Pat Brennan


    7. DARLING DAUGHTER DAISY **Invited to the Wildcards Finals!**

    Since Daisy’s dad left her and her mum for White Box Lady, it’s been tough. How’s a little girl to cope with such emotional turmoil? Cue Maisie, a great friend with no strings attached... Well, sort of.

    Writer: Debbie Neilson

    Director: Luke Reeves

    ITC: One Carriage Productions

    Cast: Debbie Neilson (Daisy)


    8. THE UMBILICAL LASSO

    A long ago fostered out mid 20's son reunites with his mother, but their family's past complicates their reunion.

    Writer: Simon Tonkin

    Director: Simon Tonkin

    ITC: Everysecondweekend  Productions

    Cast: Bilal Masood (Nat) , Vicki Tonkin (Angela)


    9. AGGIE

    Aggie want’s Sev, Joe wants Aggie, Sev just wants his poptarts! Adapted from Chekov's short story "Agatha" under the guidance of Hilary Bell, "Aggie" is a modern day farce about love, fidelity, fear of commitment, and delicious treats.

    Writer: Nicola James

    Director: Nicola James

    ITC: Golden Jam Productions

    Cast: Natalie Freeman (Aggie), Joseph Louis Westwood (Sev), Jacob Thomas (Joe) 


Wildcards - Week 6

  1. 1. SITUATIONS VACANT

    Paul Persevere finds himself struggling with unemployment after being sacked from a band.  A Musical of Rock ‘n’ Roll proportions.

    Writer: Wayne Mitchell

    Director: Wayne Mitchell

    ITC: Wayne Mitchell Productions

    Composers: James Young, Wayne Mitchell

    Choreographer: Valentina Penkova

    Cast: Nathan Morton (Paul Persevere), Sally Williams (Rose), Mark Chetcuti (Ajax), David Wiernik (Baz), Abigail Honey (Cindy), Christine Wong (Elizabeth), Jon Maratheftis (Guitarist), Bruce Alcorn (Bass player), Manon Gunderson-Briggs (Djembe player), Bruce Vial (Drummer)


    2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WAITING?

    A young husband learns of his wife's death at the hospital. In retrospect we look back on the couples every day life, struggle and emotional connection.

    Writer: Bianca Reynolds

    Director: Karol Binkowski

    Cast: James Walkman, Michelle Reed, Karol Binkowski


    3. DOWN HERE

    Two men. Two shovels. One story.

    Writer: Luke Pooley and Alec Fischer

    Director: Deanna Ezrol

    ITC: The Wild Ones

    Cast: Luke Pooley (Old Miner), Alec Fisher (Young Miner)


    4. PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN

    Sally thinks that offering a delicious cup of coffee to her housemates is a friendly gesture. Oh, how wrong can she be...

    Writer: Toast D'Bechamel

    Director: Glenn Groves

    Cast: Kim-Cuong Do (Ava), Jessica Gray (Hunter), David Bond (Martinez), Jo Elizabeth Finnis (Sally)


    5. GNOME MATTER WHAT **Invited to the Wildcards Finals**

    A love triangle about 3 garden gnomes that magically come to life! A romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations of being a garden gnome statue and wanting love as well as other things!

    Writer: Donatella Parise

    Director: Robert Teicher

    Cast: Xenia Bevitori, Nicolas Francois, Jim McInnes


    6. CELIA

    Rod is a man who has always prided himself on having all the control; a winner.  But over night all his power has been taken from him and he must dance to someone else’s tune.

    Writer: Pheona Mulligan

    Director: Courtney Farrow

    ITC: Stealth Productions

    Cast: Rod Cohen, Celia Cohen


    7. DRIPS

    Two characters sit on the edge of the ocean, waiting, watching, until a message in a bottle washes ashore.

    Writer: Dane McFarlane

    Director: Dane McFarlane

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Bundanoon

    Cast: Martin Gallagher (H), Sigrid Helland (S)


    8. UNFORGETTABLE

    A man who is not Klaus Kinski plays chess while a blind date goes about as well as can be expected when two people have nothing in common

    Writer: Jonathan Edgington

    Director: Peter Hayes

    Cast: Belinda Small, Peter Condon, Colin Adams 


    9. EVERY STAIN HAS A STORY

    Did you know that every stain has a story? Well they do. Every stain has to come from somewhere. Join us as we discuss the origin of a few stains, from the happiest day on earth, for some.

    Writer: Harriet Elvin

    Director: Jessica Hanlon

    Cast: Robert Deacon (Dry Cleaner), Liz Harper (Sarah), Peter Andrews (Tim), Robert Grey (Simon), 


Wildcards - Week 7

  1. 1. ALL CLEAR

    This piece follows the journey of three bank robbers and their impending arrests, examining the reasons behind the choice some people make to risk everything and disregard the law.

    Writers: Omri Levy, Daniela Stein and Natasha Reuben

    Director: Samantha Bauer

    ITC: The Drama Queens

    Cast: Omri Levy, Daniela Stein, Natasha Reuben 


    2. FEATHER

    Sharon is over it! Single parenting, struggling with bills and a job she hates force her to watch life slip away. Ann feels like life is over before she's had a chance to live. Can a feather offer a solution?

    Writer: Pamela Western

    Director: Lisa Thatcher

    Cast: Kate O'Keeffe (Sharon), Amelia Cuninghame (Ann)


    3. SUFFOCATION

    Writer: Amber Bolton & Kate Hall

    Director: James Eugene

    Producer: Deanna Ezrol

    Cast: Amber Bolton & Kate Hall


    4. AMERICAN STUPID

    Writer: Marjorie Licett Zuniga

    Director: Marjorie Licett Zuniga

    ITC: TrinityMarjProductions


    5. MAJOR SAWQUATCH AND THE HOUSE OF WAX

    It’s a question of growth. Or, should I say, an overgrowth. When Jane visits a waxing salon for the very first time she encounters the owner, Major Sawquatch with some quite unexpected results

    Writer: Sarah Pember

    Director: Dudley Levell

    Cast: Sue Broberg (Major Sawquatch), Clare Tamas (Jane), Olivia Gorman (Renee)


    6. GRACE

    Three ordinary women tell their three extraordinary lives.

    Writer: Alex Broun

    Director: Ruth Fingret

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Sydney

    Cast: Clare Langsford (Marilyn Monroe), Alice Furze (Princess Grace), Billie Rose (Princess Di)


    7. AUDIENCE THERAPY

    In this form of 'therapy', the audience is asked for their advice and suggestions - much like we all give friends when they share problems!. Tonight, Roger submits himself the the talents of Sidebar, the showman therapist.

    Writer: Mark Smith

    Director: Mark Smith

    Cast: Graham Stoney (Sidebar), Monica Moroney (Antoinette), Wassim Hawat (Jordan), David Berry (Harrison), Mark Smith (Roger)


    8. STRIKE

    At rise, an empty space. A moment of silence, then humming is heard offstage. An actress and an actor find themselves in a love story...or an existential musing on the nature of plays, that's up to you!

    Writer: Aoise Stratford

    Director: Jo Finnis

    Cast: Olivia Gorman, Chris Heaslip


    9. BOAT PEOPLE

    The more things change...: A reminder of events during the London Blitz, a few days after 17 September , 1940

    Writer: GEOFFREY MCCUBBIN

    Director: GEOFFREY MCCUBBIN

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Bundanoon

    Cast: DAVID MCCUBBIN (ALAN), ANNIE MCCUBBIN (HEATHER), FRAN BOSLY-CRAFT (JEAN), ROBERT MEREDITH (HAROLD)


    10. WINTER RETREAT **Invited to the Wildcards Finals!**

    "Winter Retreat" is the heartwarming story of Jessica and Jim, who meet at a Meditation Retreat far from their home, both trying desperately to get past a significant tragedy. An unlikely friendship is formed when Jessica and Jim discover that perhaps they can hold that forgiveness space for each other until they are ready to let go of their hurt and move on.

    Writer: Abigail Somma

    Director: Anne Brito

    Cast: Nell Nakkan, Edric Hong 


Wildcards - Week 8

  1. VENUE - The Fusebox, Factory Theatre, Marrickville

    PERFORMANCE DATES - 28 Feb-2 March

    Saturday 2:30pm, Sunday 1pm, Monday 7:30pm
    BUY TICKETS


    1. ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

    After time travelling 10 years into the future, A scientist and his assistant discover smart phones have transformed everyone on Earth into braindead zombies.

    Writer: Michael Towers

    Director: Mark Sims

    Cast: Mark Sims (Scientist), Luke Beattie (Assistant), Denning Isles (Businessman), Kate Michelle Grove (Tracey), Heath Sims (Jackson), Annais Gallo (Jillian), Sinui Horus Pavino (Professor Isenberg)


    2. DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER

    A dog and a cat's discordant personalities test their abilities to maintain détente.

    Writer: Lynn-Steven Johanson

    Director: Ella Segretti


    3. TWISTED TONGUES

    Engrossed in competitive gossip, a twisted conversation circles a trio of friends around lunch. Some may want to bite their tongues!

    Writer: Angeline Andrews

    Director: Mandy Sugar

    Cast: Petrice Graham (Claire), Justine Keim (Dora), Louisa Bochner


    4. COLD COLD CALL

    A frustrated cold caller takes his revenge on a resistant prospect.

    Writer: Ken McBeath

    Director: Karen Tsai


    5. FAREWELL

    Get on the boat.

    Writer: Natacha Astuto

    Directors: Victoria Hopkins and Cedric Laubscher

    Cast: Victoria Hopkins (Woman)


    6. RE-LIVE

    Death comes to us all, and can be traumatic, so wouldn’t you want a friend - divine or otherwise - to help you through it? But what if being dead is the easiest option?

    Writers: Martin Teasdale

    Director: Simon Doctor

    Cast:Alexis Hammerton (The Woman), Felix Johnson (Jeremy)


    7. HELP ME BABE, I’M STUCK IN A TIME LOOP

    Brad enters the worst birthday of his life again and again.

    Writer: Nick Subjak

    Director: Tim van Zuylen

    Cast: Felix Johnson, Brooke Allan


    8. DRIVEN MAD

    Is anything better than a “Family Road-Trip?”  Yes, pretty much everything is better than a “Family Road-Trip”. The funny thing... It’s always about the journey, never about the destination. Some things just can’t be found using a GPS!

    Writer: Richard Graham

    Director: Rachael WIlliams

    Cast: Michael Gencher, Katie Fairbrother, Amy Newell, Thomas Burt 


    9. I WISH MY MUM HAD TWO BROKEN LEGS

    A young girl's perspective on growing up with a mum who has Depression

    Writer: Cara Jeffrey

    Director: Natasha Hanlon


    10. A CHINESE GIRL WALKED INTO A CAFÉ…

    She walked into the cafe. Is she Chinese? Is she Asian? Is she an foreign intelligence agent doing deep-cover work for ASIO?

    Writer: TOAST D'Bechamel

    Director: TOAST D'Bechamel

    ITC: Crash Test Drama Sydney

    Cast: Rosemary Ghazi (Jennifer), Reich Webber-Montenegro (Lexi), Isaac Owen (Customer) 


Results

  1. For the full results and details visit https://shortandsweetsydney.wordpress.com/results


    WEEK 1 


    TOP 80

    Judges’ Choice

    3rd place – Afterwards

    2nd place – Wherefore Art Thou Oh Writing Inspiration

    1st place – Wish


    People’s Choice

    3rd place – Something To Tell You

    2nd place – Wherefore Art Thou Oh Writing Inspiration

    1st place – Wish


    Wish is the first play to be invited to the 2015 Gala Finals
    Wherefore Art Thou Oh Writing Inspiration has been invited to the People’s Choice Showcase


    WILDCARDS

    Judges’ Choice

    3rd place – Welcome To The Family

    2nd place – Lipstick and Mirrors

    1st place – Alternate Serve


    Alternate Serve will be performed at the Wildcards Finals!



    WEEK 2


    TOP 80

    Judges’ Choice

    3rd place – Encounter

    2nd place – So Says The Sea

    2nd place – Chance You Can Dance

    1st place – Screamers!


    People’s Choice

    3rd place – Business Meeting

    2nd place – Screamers!

    1st place – So Says The Sea



    Screamers! is the second play to be invited to the 2015 Gala Finals
    So Says The Sea has been invited to the People’s Choice Showcase



    WILDCARDS

    Judges’ Choice

    3rd place – The Literary Monogamist

    2nd place – Food Porn ‘77

    1st place – Pee Buddies



    Pee Buddies wins a spot in the Wildcards Finals to be held at the Fusebox 7-8 March!



    WEEK 3


    TOP 80


    Judges’ Choice

    3rd place – Regret

    3rd place – Roughing It

    3rd place – Evelyn

    2nd place – Heart Wrenched

    1st place – Transactions


    People’s Choice

    3rd place – Regret

    2nd place – Transactions

    1st place – God: The Performance Review


    Transactions is invited to the 2015 Gala Finals



    God: The Performance Review has been invited to the People’s Choice Showcase



    WILDCARDS

    Judges’ Choice

    4th place – Campfire Stories

    3rd place – Leo Rising

    Tied 1st place – A Little Sugar

    Tied 1st place – Shirley Vs The Squirrels

    The Judges' Choice tying for first meant the winner was decided by the audience votes. With the highest audience votes, Shirley Vs The Squirrels is invited through to the Wildcard Finals!



    Pee Buddies wins a spot in the Wildcards Finals to be held at the Fusebox 7-8 March!



    WEEK 4


    TOP 80

    Judges’ Choice

    3rd place – I Do?

    Tied 1st place – 30ily Ever After

    Tied 1st place – The Bridge


    People’s Choice

    3rd place – The Last Three Blondes

    2nd place – Another Day Out WIth The Mates

    1st place – The Bridge



    The Bridge is invited to the 2015 Gala Finals, The Judges' Choice tie was decided by the audience votes.
    Another Day Out With The Mates has been invited to the People’s Choice Showcase



    WILDCARDS

    Judges’ Choice

    3rd place – Position Vacant

    2nd place – Wreckage

    1st place – Lost Property



    Lost Property wins a spot in the Wildcards Finals



    WEEK 5


    TOP 80

    Judges’ Choice

    3rd place – Friends Request

    2nd place – Tagged

    1st place – Manstruating


    People’s Choice

    3rd place – LockOut: The Musical

    2nd place – Manstruating

    1st place – Tagged



    Manstruating is invited to the 2015 Gala Finals!
    Tagged has been invited to the People’s Choice Showcase



    WILDCARDS

    Judges’ Choice

    3rd place – The Catch

    2nd place – Reservations

    1st place – Darling Daughter Daisy



    Lost Property wins a spot in the Wildcards Finals



    WEEK 6


    TOP 80

    Judges’ Choice

    3rd place – Finding Love@.com

    2nd place – Brainstrust

    1st place – Speaking Freely


    People’s Choice

    3rd place – Finding Love@.com

    2nd place – A Bug's Rights

    1st place – Speaking Freely



    Speaking Freely is invited to the 2015 Gala Finals!
    A Bug's Rights has been invited to the People’s Choice Showcase!



    WILDCARDS

    Judges’ Choice

    3rd place – Every Stain Has A Story

    2nd place – Put That Coffee Down

    1st place – Gnome Matter What



    Gnome Matter What wins a spot in the Wildcards Finals!