Eight plays were selected by audiences, during the eight weeks of Top80 S+S heats.

Every week Short and  Short audiences voted for just one play to make the People’s Choice Final held this weekend, both on Saturday and Sunday evening.

The play voted winner of the People’s Choice finals gets to compete in the Short and Sweet Grand Final next weekend.

The Divide (Week One)

Written and Directed by Nicola Quilter

Cast: Pearl Herbet and Emmanuel Spiropoulos

Drama showing future events in the un-United Kingdom, almost thirty years after BREXIT Thursday 23rd June 2016. Dialogue was very hard to understand, because of the collapse of the English Language. Message of despair, now with the main character carrying his unusual square-shaped Union Jack Flag. Keeping his valid London passport in hand, he is seeking to return to the deliberately walled City of London, within the time limitation.

George Brown Steps Out (Week Two)

By Gerry Greenland / Directed by Sonia Bible

Cast: Rob White and Dudley Levell

George Brown (original cast)
George Brown (original cast)

George Brown has been kidnapped for ransom, and expects to die as he knows of no-one willing to pay the ransom. Yet another awesome comedy experience, as we learn everything about this pretty ordinary George Brown, who needs to change for the better.

Moist (Week Three)

ITC presented by Grumpy Mandrake Theatre

By Seymour Nixen / Directed by Nathan Farrow

Cast: Nyssa Hamilton, Tayla Jarrett and Debbie Neilson.


Beautifully costumed epic comedy set in a bakery, including Frosty wearing those very famous ruby slippers. Both Sparkle and Frosty are cupcakes. Almond is a sucrose-free and gluten-free xylitol-infused organic muffin. All three are desperate, because they remain unsold at the end of the business day.

Huge comedy piece, dialogue driven comedy that has been expertly timed, and the cast gave perfect performances. Magnificent and shining example of the best of everything that the Festival provides every week. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET PEOPLES CHOICE FINAL 2017 WEEK NINE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE