This is the final week of Top80 S+S heats. Festival Director Wayne Tunks has made good use of the wall of props on display each week, and finally someone found a magnificent use for the shovel. Selected superb theatre pieces, for you to pick and vote for your two preferred plays out of the twelve plays this week. Interesting message pieces, and emotionally moving themes with rap chess prequel, drama, comedy, time travel, true love, chance love, and a resonating vibrator challenge.
Week Eight Plays: March 1-5 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30pm)
(1) – The Bridge
ITC Presented by Mega Theatre Productions
Written by Jayaprakash Kulur / Directed by Sreejith Gangadharan
Cast: Sreejith Gangadharan, Nithin Balakrishnan
A guard enforces NO fishing on bridge. Drama entirely spoken in unintelligible gibberish (spoken in a meaningless nonsense language that no one understands) eventually the fisher-person teaches the guard how to fish.
(2) – Judgement Days
ITC Presented by Mockingbird
Written by Carl J Sorheim / Directed by Chris Baldock
Festival Director Wayne Tunks has selected superb theatre pieces, from the best of the best scripts on offer. Recommended, with amazing and well chosen plays on the stage, for you to pick and vote for your two preferred plays. Short + Sweet is my favourite time of year, with twelve brand new short plays this week. Interesting message pieces, and emotionally moving themes with drama, satire, comedy. time travel, time police, office politics, revenge murder, dementia, George Brandis, afterlife, anniversaries versus aliens, and a resonating vodka experience.
(1) – The Lifecycle of Refrigerators
Written by Nataliya Oryshchuk / Directed by Adam Grubner
Cast: Graham Egan, Luke Evans, Rizcel Gagawanan, David Luke and Sonja Ridden
Over-the-top administration team meeting, dealing with the loneliness of refrigerators provided comedy moments, and included ironic team discussions about community gardens growing food for the homeless, stress relief by using adult colouring books, and befriending dangerous strangers, i.e. the homeless.
(2) – Ten Minutes on a Train Platform
ITC Presented by Mariposa Productions
Written by Felix Carlyle / Directed by Margaret Fitzgerald
Christine Aldridge (Fiona) begins to fear for her life, as ADHD hyper-talkative Isaac Owen (Gerald) menacingly steals her iPhone, with more twists to follow. Perfect cast with beautifully written drama, concerns female personal safety issues not being provided late at night, by video security surveillance. Intense drama between two strangers, unfolds on the platform at Lines End Railway Station.
(3) – Island Journey
ITC Presented by Rainbow Connections Theatre Co.
Written and Directed by Uma Kali Shakti
Cast: Veena Sudarshan
Cultural expectations with inherent limitations, preventing life-affirming growth. Intensive one woman monologue, on the path to closure, takes a trajectory through grief and loss, against the background of a fixed belief system.
(4) – A Bottle of Vodka
Written by Connie Schinewolf
Alcoholics, Liz Hovey (Judy) and Mark Fowler (Will) are two very-drunk drivers who just arrived in hell, because their cars have just crashed by colliding head-on, on Parramatta Road. Comedy one-liners, generated laughter galore. Perfect cast, delicious dialogue to make you “laugh out loud”, and expertly directed Larry Kelly. An unopened bottle of Grey Goose Vodka tempts both, but painful force-field barrier prevents access. Alcohol withdrawal creates dialogue, as these strangers by spending some time together, discover their similarities, leading to a hellish conclusion.
(5) – The Search
Written by Michael Panes / Directed by Isabel Dickson
One year marriage anniversary, of course her scientist husband, Adnan Zey (Gerry) has forgotten, thus making her even more unhappy with her alien finding husband. As a devout catholic Emily Potts (Sandra), can not divorce him. So much comedy, so little time. Alien analogue broadcast transmissions received from 6EQJ5 by SETI, create the comedy path to ruin and divorce.
(6) – Mary Twist
Written and Directed by Mikayla Hatjinikitas
Cast: Izzy Hanly, Damian Asher, Mark Herrison, Indiana Rubin-Tasic, Paris Galanos and Russell Kay
Fresh clever comedy and suffragette message piece, created by sixteen year old playwright Mikayla Hatjinikitas. Time Travel from the Victorian Era, to the far more welcoming world of 2016. YOLO and SWAG confirm the destination year. Inventor’s daughter uses her father’s Time Travel Machine, to escape from the tyranny of being only permitted to cook, to clean and to constantly birth babies every nine months.
(7) – At Home With Larry & George
Written by Gavin Roach / Directed by Amber Wilcox
Edgy adult themes, throughout this stunningly extreme lifestyle comedy. So is this Art or Design? Graphic Adult B&D fetish comedy. Reilly Johnson (Larry the Gimp) is the submissive male, living in a dog-house, with Garreth Cruikshank (George) his master, who is forever on the “endless quest for excellence”. As the politician in charge of choosing recipients of Arts Council grants, to create his “Center of Excellence”, this politician is going to personally use all the money intended for the arts community.
(8) – The Accident
ITC Presented by Marko Mustac Productions
Written By Marko Mustac / Directed by Jenny Hope
Cast: Marko Mustac and Lou Pollard
The strong coarse language content of this play, is completely inappropriate for all children. There are so many Bad and Disrespectful witty one-liners, however my favourite line is when the husband says to his wife “I don’t hate women you c*nt”. Offensive Explicit Language is used creatively and effectively, to metamorphosize this dialogue intensive drama, into a black ironic comedy masterpiece. Dysfunctional couple in a long-term relationship are both cheating on their marriage partner, however their love for each other is a brightly burning fire, that burns down everything that it sees, and are a car crash away from dying. Perfectly cast couple, have so many memorable twisted lines of biting dialogue, this elegantly constructed play delivers outstanding artistry.
(9) – Time Squad
ITC Presented by Black Box Theatre Co.
Written by Alexander Cuff
Cast: Bradley Ward, Alex Groombridge, Sam Sweeting and Sam Lovell
Riotous fun as two Time Travelling Police Agents, constantly provide comedy “time one-liners” as they meet and greet with their criminal future versions of themselves. Will these four Time Travelling Police Agents, solve the Predestination Paradox to stop time unravelling? Luke Berman has expertly directed, nine minutes of never ending audience laughter, arriving from an eager and ultra appreciative audience, that clearly placed this comedy, well ahead of the pack for audiences voting for comedies.
(10) – Wheelchair
Written by Scott Mullen / Directed by Diane Busuttil
Cast: Paul Kohn and Latisha Owens
Strangers in a park. Disabled woman in a wheelchair, meets man in park, and they begin making insane bets about the future behaviour of other people in the park. Interesting comedy becomes very dark drama, with unexpected conclusion, expertly delivered.
(11) – Not Toilet Trained
ITC Presented by Seat of the Pants Productions
Written and Directed by Ruth Fringret
Superb cast choices selected by director Ruth Fringret. Delicious dementia comedy, quickly builds effective back stories into each character, via music lyrics used as dialogue. The undeserving absent son Greg, returns home to visit his quite elderly parents. Sandra Campbell (Mum) urgently needs help managing her husband, Valentino Arico (Dad) however their ungrateful son Lewis Scamozzi (Greg) and is not accepting of any of the challenges, of the dementia related life lessons, now unfolding.
(12) – Mexican Stand Off
Written by Sally Bartley / Directed by Spike Hogan
Cast: Tristan Clarke, Isabel Dickson, Peter Maple and Jaime Ureta
“Democracy when solely determined by a slim majority, is usually nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people have voted to steal away all of the rights of the other 49%”. Message piece, dialogue driven comedy with drama at a Wanderers soccer match. Class warfare from the have-nots (Chas and Gaz) against the haves (Gerry and Marlin). The paradigm, that rules must be broken, that deviant behaviour is expected, and that mob rule involving both violence and intimidation, is always the behaviour expected at soccer.
All photos by Robert Miniter.
Week Seven Plays: February 22-26 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30 pm)
The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.
Live theatre is the best medicine, and Short + Sweet is my favourite time of year, with eight brand new plays this week, interesting and moving and resonating. Well chosen selection of emotional and thought provoking themes with chess, drama, satire, comedy and dance. Quite impossible to pick just the one winner.
(1) – Broadband Blues
Written and Directed by Geoff McCubbin
Cast: David Humphrey, Fran Bosly-Craft, Mark Smith, Anton Baggerman
Each NBN company provides rhyming verse constant comedy delight, as both Wilma and Fred try to get each NBN company to actually provide a human being to answer the telephone. You would have to be absolutely crazy to sign up with the NBN. Of course there is no support, and there never is any offer of competitive pricing, because every company that is not Telstra, offer the exact same price, for the exact same deal.
(2) – Compos Mentis
Written by Marilyn Millstone / Directed by Patrick Matijevic
Cast: Aileen Beale, Graham Egan and Denise Kitching
We visit Silver Glades Senior Living, nine minutes of excellent comedy ensues, full of guile, as both Robert and Alese deliberately fail the induction interview.
(3) – The Last
Written by Bokkie Robertson / Directed by Chantelle Corbet
Cast: Alex Hatz and Milica Pajic
Nuclear winter following nuclear war, drama as there is now only one human being still alive on Planet Earth, and he enters into a lively conversation and emotional reflection, with the soon to be unemployed “Grim Reaper”.
(4) – Out of the Woods
ITC Presented by Everyday Monster
Starring / Written / Directed by Brenton Amies and Cam Ralph
Incredible dark comedy, of two former Children’s Television Hosts who were “Hooly Dooly”, now meet to resolve their past issues. However one actor has unresolved anger management issues, and is still costumed and still speaking as “The Fluffy Bear” and many other bizarre issues urgently need to be addressed.
(5) – Freestyle Pawn Stars
ITC Presented by e4 Productions
Written by Keegan Fisher, Jake Izzy, Julz Larson and Ziggy Tockuss / Directed by Dudley Levell
Cast: Keegan Fisher, Jake Izzy, Julz Larson, Ziggy Tockuss and Mark Longhurst
Audience participation, the play was an impressive chess game with completely improvised and clever hip hop rap infused dialogue. Every night the brave cast risks all, by randomly trying to find someone from the audience who admits to playing the game of chess. Opening Night volunteer Karl was given black, and chose each of his moves quite badly, to quickly find himself on the losing side in a very fast checkmate, via witty rhythm, rhyme, riffs and freestyle rap. Heaps of applause, a fresh delight that was interesting and precocious, and resonated with the audience.
(6) – My Name is Lucinda
ITC Presented by Backstage Pass
Written and Directed by Lisa Kelaher
Margareta Moir stars as Catherine, telling a perfectly structured, short story monologue all about her life. As a child the simplicity of Catherine the introvert, enjoying all those John Wayne westerns of daytime television, and she decides her life is so much better as the driven “Wild West” extrovert Lucinda. Delivered everything a play should be, Margareta Moir did a beautiful job of providing the wonderful duality of the role, in a superb and winning performance on Opening Night.
(7) – Killjoy
ITC Presented by Imprint Theatre Company (Company Devised Script)
Cast: Wendi Lanham, Laurence Nelmes, Martin Quinn, Rebecca Waters, Kate Vozella and Annie Thorold
Three couples suffering in style through their pain, and these six actors give their all on the boards, with no safety net to save them, and strongly deliver a talented volatile fight for their vision, with stage art versus stage business. Music, physicality, silence, mime, dialogue, with choreographed dance and movement, the cast provide extraordinary power and strength in their performance. As with all theatre art, because we all have non-identical life experiences, what you see is always subject to differing interpretations, hence the exact same play, could also be experienced as just two people with relationship pain, represented by all six actors.
(8) – Ice Cream Mafia
Written by Vee Malnar / Directed by Thomas Richards
Cast: Jay Duncan, Erick Guanlao, Jasper Musgrave and Meili Bookluck
Comedy erupts when the local mafia, decide to take over a sensational ice-cream brand, that has been destroying their ice-cream business.
Week Six Plays: February 15-19 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30pm)
All photos by Robert Miniter.
SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2017 Top80 Week SIX, runs from Wednesday 15th February 2017 to Sunday 19th February 2017.
The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.
Short + Sweet is my favourite time of year, and this new week offers another quite entertaining evening of live theatre. Festival director Wayne Tunks has chosen ten plays for this week, a fine selection of both comedy and drama. It is quite impossible to pick just the one winner, and this week also includes the unique experience of seven wonderful drama delights.
(1) – Objectum Sexuality
Written by Ron Burch / Directed by Kathryn Thomas
Cast: Bryce Lavery-Jacko and Wayne Buckley
Couples Therapy comedy, because Mike is deeply in love with Rocky (a wooden rocking chair), but Mike has cheated.
(2) – Det-end-tion
ITC Presented By Moontan Productions
Written by Amelia Gilday and Alex Fenner / Directed by Amelia Gilday
Cast: Riley Marnell and Daniel Pryke
Very dramatic message piece, as an earthquake causes exploration of the bully/victim relationship of two young men.
(3) – #NotAllMen
ITC Presented By Village Spirit Productions
Written & Directed by Kel Vane
Cast: Michelle Burge, Margareta Moir and James Walkom
Strange Police procedural drama, police interrogation room delivers rough justice. Just the quirky unrealistic “Police Facts” via analysing all the lies “he says versus she says”. Discover the alleged victim versus the alleged perpetrator. Is she is going to miss out on the tax free $15000.00 NSW victim of crime payout?
(4) – The Wee Small Hours
ITC Presented By Angelfish Productions
Written by Leonie Jordan / Directed by Margaret Fitzgerald / Music by Daniel O’Connor
Cast: Pauline Gardner & Rob White
Drama full of grief, regret and revenge. He has re-married, but has taken this 3am telephone call from his ex, on the anniversary of the death of their young daughter.
(5) – Not So Super
ITC Presented By Musketeer Productions
Written & Directed by Paulene Turner
Cast: Paul Byrne, Nicholas Drummond, Liz Hovey and Rebecca Towns
Comedy version of “The Incredibles” versus the Evil Pulse and starring the crazy super family with Flame, Fast, Mind Reader, Time Keeper.
(6) – Yellow Means Caution
Written by Gregory Crafts / Directed by Victoria Lewis
Cast: Emma Mylott & Andrew Wang
Message drama with comedy one-liners, as video game widow Loretta, in relationship crisis needs to find happiness within her rotten marriage with video gamer Max. She has happy painted every wall of every room, using bright bold “Yellow Submarine” coloured paint.
(7) – Love, Honour & Obey
Written by Sally Williams / Directed by Angeline Andrews
Cast: Kirra Farquharson and Will Reilly
Wife insists that her husband obeys her written instructions (including footnotes) detailing how her husband can get way with murdering her in cold blood, but he desperately needs her to stop interrupting him.
(8) – A Dog’s Dream
Written by Jeffrey Fischer-Smith / Directed by Jace Pickard
Cast: Jack Dawson & Richard Lund
Message piece, yes interesting drama, that will take you on an unexpected trajectory. For Mark his dog’s dreams are real. Recently deceased Mark tells his partner Andy, that the family dog needs to be taken to the local park to grieve about Mark.
(9) – The Secret of Me
ITC Presented By Almost Evkav
Written by Sonal Moore / Directed by Evangeline Moore
Cast: Jack Marsden & Alexandra Joyce
Photographic art trends keep changing, and during Queen Victoria’s time, young children being captured in photos completely naked was a symbol of purity and not of sexuality. Strong believable performances, utterly intense dialogue, set in an photographic art gallery storeroom. Unexpectedly Ruth sees an extremely confronting paedophile photo of herself on exhibition, that unknowingly her Uncle Leo had taken of her, over twenty years ago. Dramatically ends with an unexpected resolution of her dilemma.
(10) – Waiting To Go
Written by Elspeth Tilley / Directed by Kym Vaitiekus
Cast: Barbara Hastings, Seb Normel
Clever comedy stereotyping, as these two dancing lollypop-sign-controller road-workers, from just outside your front gate, provide detailed political insanity, whilst doing a famous slapstick routine clearly inspired by the movie film “The Plank”.
All photos by Robert Miniter.
SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2017 Top 80 Week FIVE, runs from Wednesday 8th February 2017 to Sunday 12th February 2017 at 7.30 pm at the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.
There are nine simply superb plays being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet. Captivating, strange, unique, and laugh-out-loud entertainment galore, and one with live music.
(1) – Wish You Were Hair
ITC Presented by RAPA Inc
Written by Kaz Getts / Directed by Kaz Getts and Warren Bradley
Cast – Warren Bradley, Christine Engelheart
Comedy all about HAIR from first pubes, cut hair, shaving, nair, long hair wig, chemo. Warren Bradley and Christine Engelheart are endearing with their multiple characters through time, constant flow of costume changes, covering from teenagers to seniors.
(2) – Diary of a Breakup / Breakdown
ITC Presented by Alex Broun Company
Written By Alex Broun / Directed by Peter Whitehead
Cast – Claire Bird, Michael Booker.
Alex Broun, is one of the world’s leading ten-minute playwrights, and has written more than one hundred ten minute plays : http://www.alexbroun.com/ Dialogue intense dramatic delight, as Claire Bird and Michael Booker individually deconstruct each and every intense moment, day by day during the thirty days immediately after their relationship ended.
(3) – Brexit
ITC Presented by Budding Theatre Company
Written and directed by Kirsty Budding
Cast: Kaivu Suvarna, Amelia Green, Michael Ubrihien and Rina Onorato
Excellent comedy message piece set on Thursday 23rd June, the voting day for the EU Referendum, four Brits at a bus stop agree to disagree on the vote discussing Cultural Imperialism and stereotyping, all lead along to the very unexpected twist.
(4) – The Story of Darling Brown
ITC Presented by The Monologue Project
Written and Directed by Pete Malicki
Cast – Katharine Babatzanis
Comedy monologue as Katharine Babatzanis plays Darling Brown. Discusses her identical twin sister Jesse, berates her parents (Claire and John) for their calling their first born twin “Darling”. Darling pretending to be Jesse, ends up enjoying being completely different to her identical twin, all caused by her hating the name her parents assigned her at birth.
(5) – Tapping Out
Written by Maura Pierlot / Directed by Cecile Payet
Cast: Kaiya Bartholomew, Brayden Harry, Ethan Mestroni and Anton Smilek
Winning dialogue drama and timpani musical piece, with the drummers’s tap tap tap of musical syncopation on assorted musical instruments in the percussion family. Private language created in tap, introvert versus extrovert, a war between Wes with Jay, then Jay with Declan. Wes is trapped in his mind palace, by reliving all the complex events that occurred twelve months ago.
(6) – Hidden Depths
Written by Pamela Western / Directed by Mark Fowler
Cast: Christine Aldridge and James Sugrue
A beautifully costumed Pirate (Roger), arrives for his first job interview at the the Tax Office. Perfectly timed comedy with perfect cast, expertly directed, was a huge audience favourite on the Opening Night. Reliving the glory days of buccaneers and flogging, apparently this modern day pirate is a computer hacker. Perfectly chosen music with nautical sound effects, end the performance.
(7) – Still Alive
ITC Presented by Nautanki Theatre
Written and Directed by Dilbagh Singh
Cast: Dilroop Khangura, Shanelle Sin and Dilbagh Singh
Tulip is the delusional girl, trapped in the hot hell of her one room limbo. The devil is dressed as a doctor. Dressed in white as a nurse, is the angel. This fine drama, is subject to many possible interpretations.
(8) – Arthur and Marilyn
ITC Presented by Half Boy Company
Written By Jasper-Lee Lindsay / Directed by Danen Young
Cast: Meg Hyeronimus and Alec Ebert
Delicious fictionalised dialogue, as we learn exactly how Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller met. All that they talked about, with a smoky haze caused by the cast constantly smoking a seemingly infinite amount of herbal cigarettes.
(9) – One Night Stan
ITC Presented by Third Bite
Written by Adam Szudrich / Directed by Grant Wilson
Cast: Gina Cohen, Ally O’Brien and Emma Caldwell
Back into the dating game, and always at the same restaurant, Stan is dating these three women, Rachel, Holly and Marie. Comedy dialogue flows as each woman has vastly different dating experiences with the same man. Delightful and well worthy of getting a standing ovation, and of course easily garnered the longest applause from the Opening Night audience.
SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2017 Top 80 Week Four is playing the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free parking, until Sunday 5th February 2017.
Featured photo from Hidden Depths. All photos by Robert Miniter.
SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2016 TOP 80 WEEK 8 @ Depot Theatre
The biggest little play festival in the world. 2016 and this is the fifteenth year of SHORT+SWEET THEATRE SYDNEY, running Wednesdays to Sundays, from 6 January 2016 to 13 March 2016 with the best of the best returning in March at the Gala Final.
There are ten just simply superb plays this week. Captivating, strange, unique, and laugh-out-loud entertainment galore, and one with a live band.
(1) PROCRASTINATION – Delightful comedy as every word as typed by the playwright (Chris Yaacoubian), is immediately performed on stage by the actor (Nicholas Talbot) and the actress (Samm Cluff). A truly brilliant study in writer procrastination, rebellion and wish fulfilment. ITC: Active Theatre Productions, Writer: Allan West, Director: Simon Doctor
(2) PLASTIC – University student Ally (Alicia Easaw-Mamutil) has a plastic bag over her head, the telephone rings and she takes the bag off, to answer the telephone call from Glebe Police, Constable Gould (Will Hall). Yes her neighbours are Peeping Toms, delicious non-suicidal comedy ensues. The unanswered question remains “Do you have sex with your shoes on?”
Writer: Allee Richards, Director: Ariella Stoian
(3) AULD LANG SYNE – Forty year high school reunion, should old acquaintance be forgot, because two men finally learn that they secretly had a sexual relationship with the same woman at the same time? Relationship humour results as these 58 year olds, formerly three close school friends, now discover that they were never ever friends. Just bed-buddies for the woman of their dreams, as one man is never enough, she needed exactly everything that both offered. Writer: Dan Borengasser, Director: Melissa Maclean, Cast: Stephen Allnutt (Blake), Leilani Loau (Liz – the woman), Peter Tregilgas (Jack)
(4) SAME TIME NEXT WEEK – Perfectly directed and performed drama monologue, in one voice. Brave choices in lighting states achieved the best possible impact, to illustrate the scars of a violent childhood, and the long suppressed violence within. Past violence by his father, ultimately generated violence by the son Alan (Dudley Levell) to his wife Jenny. Concussion, bruises, three broken ribs, gbh, avo, and just so much more. Writer: Dudley Levell, Director: Valentino Arico
(5) CHICKEN CURRY – Audience favourite, this curried-away toilet-humour comedy is set in the Mens toilets. Two men with severe gastric food poisoning, with their chunder everywhere. Initially pretending to be a man, Lily (Cerise Cofoed) is the young woman hiding from her boyfriend Anton (Cassius Russel), and the young man Blake (Tom Henderson), whilst vomiting their Chicken Curry, they discover that they have so very much in common. Anton arrives, and Lily finally learns that Anton is married, and the one and only reason why Lily is his girlfriend. Writer: Georgina Adamson, Director: Wombat GT, Cast: Cerise Cofoed (Lily), Tom Henderson (Blake), Cassius Russel (Anton)
(6) MATCH OF THE CENTURY – Live music by a three piece band, plus the most expensive set and production at Short + Sweet this year. Imagine creating within ten minutes, a superb rap musical version of CHESS the musical. Set in 1972 during the Cold War, chess champion and rapper Boris Spassky (Jack Douglas) versus his chess challenger and rapper Bobby Fischer (Mark Longhurst) and all reported in rap by the ABC TV Sports Reporter (Ally O’Brien). This performance deservedly gained lengthy applause, from an appreciative audience. Writer: Mark Longhurst, Director: Steven Tait, Band: Deborah Lau (Piano), Bruno Coimbra (Percussion), Joe Plunkett (Double Bass)
(7) YE OL NOTES OF SPARK – Clever comedy of Shakespearian proportions. So did the bard’s wife Anne Hathaway, cause each and every word to be written by the bard? Writer: Emily Ward, Director: Lucy Scott, Cast: Diab Metry (Anne Hathaway – Shakespeare’s wife), John Ed Molyneux (William Shakespeare)
(8) SHADES OF DORIAN GRAY – Classic drama unfolds on stage, as three eras in the vivid life of DERRICK and his painting are explored. The world of regret from failing to take informed advice from your painting. ITC: Actors Anonymous Inc., Writer: Peter Hall, Director: Chrissy de Silva, Creatives: John Tsioulos (Photography), Doug Oak (Poster Design), Cast: Patrick Costello (Derrick 1), William Jordan (Derrick 2), Graham Yates (Derrick 3), Donna Sizer (Fran – VOICEOVER)
(9) FAMILY PLANNING – Excellent dialogue and dramatic outcome. Despite ballooning over population in the year 2050, now married for five years, young Rose and Howard Howard seek to obtain government permission to breed. If only they knew that have paid the wrong people to assist them. Director: Ellie Poussot, Cast: Jasmine Samantha Cabrera (Rose), Matthew David Johnson (Howard), Joseph JU Taylor (Rhett), Sebastian Lopez (Jim)
(10) CATASTROPHISING IS NOT A WORD! – Comedy on a grand scale with Josie the hyper-active hypochondriac teenager, blessed with a google android telephone, supplying her with all the wrong answers, and each answer providing her with brand new illnesses. How many diseases can one person have, and yet somehow easily manage to survive? ITC: Seat of the Pants Productions, Writer: Ruth Fingret, Director: Ruth Fingret, Assistant Director: Jennifer Shames, Cast: Hilary Park (Josie), Mel Ryan (Google Help – VOICEOVER)
SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2016 Top80 week EIGHT, runs from Wednesday 24 February 2016 to Sunday 28 February 2016.
There are ten high quality plays this week, thought-provoking, compelling, laugh-out-loud, superb entertainment galore, and with some adult themed comedy too.
(1) YOU TAKE THE HEAD – Huge comedy farce. A married man is suddenly dead on her bedroom floor, and Megan (Jen Jackson Blake) has asked her friend Lara (Brigid Bohackyj) has to help move the lifeless body to the bathroom. Both trying to choose a reasonable explanation, before the ambulance arrives. Writer: Sylvia Ann Alston, Director: Rebecca Ellis, Cast: Brigid Bohackyj (Lara), Jen Jackson Blake (Megan)
(2) MAYBE BABY – Adult themed comedy delight. Sperm collection at the IVF centre, with two couples with markedly different reasons for wanting to conceive, ending with an unexpected dual “Happy Ending”. ITC: Actors Anonymous Inc, Writer: James Adcock, Director: Jon Emmett, Cast: Kathryn Haradine (Sarah), Alex Giles (Steve), Kaleigh Wilkie-Smith (Karen), Josh Williams (Chris)
(3) SATURDAY 7:32AM – Compelling drama, presented with two unique points of view. Perpetually shy and socially awkward man (Benjamin Kuryo) constantly obsesses over the woman (Shabnam Tavakol) that he has been stalking. String of events are explored from both perspectives. His first face to face encounter, is in a bar. Surprisingly he is invited back to her place, for a one night only bedroom performance. He does not understand, and quickly becomes stalker, rapist, murderer. ITC: Almost Dangerous, Writer: Nick Subjak, Director: Glen Pead, Cast: Shabnam Tavakol (Woman), Benjamin Kuryo (Man) Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2016 TOP 80 WEEK 7 @ Depot Theatre→
This is week six of the biggest little play festival in the world. 2016 is the fifteenth year of SHORT+SWEET THEATRE SYDNEY, running Wednesdays to Sundays, from 6 January 2016 to 13 March 2016. Expect to see up to 160 ten minute plays across the eight weeks, with the best of the best returning in March at the Gala Final, all with on-site free car parking.
A very entertaining selection this week, all are strangely compelling, but nevertheless this week has nine superb entertaining performances.
(1) TWISTED – On the farm, the year 1939 experiencing a real life Wizard Of Oz, and Toto too. Three lazy farm hands, find a girl knocked unconscious by a recent tornado, who speaks exactly like Judy Garland and dances whilst singing “The Jitterbug” from the movie. Delighful audience pleaser. ITC: One Carriage Productions, Writers: Luke Reeves and Glenn Wanstall, Director: Luke Reeves, Cast: Debbie Neilson (Dorothy), Glenn Wanstall (Hunk), Jon Rhys Goodsell (Zeke), Luke Reeves (Hickory), Elizabeth Donahoe Lawrencev (Miss G – the witch) Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2016 TOP 80 WEEK 6 @ Depot Theatre→
Production photography by Sylvi Soe, and displayed in performance order.
Some weird, some strange, but nevertheless this week has nine very entertaining short pieces.
1. A THOUSAND GRAINS OF SUN – Beautifully written dialogue, well cast and perfectly directed drama. Two winter swimmers meet on a beach, each has suffered a recent loss, and gradually discover how very much they have in common. ITC: Bare Bones Theatre, Writer + Director: Judith Duncan, Cast: Lachlan McWilliam (Leon), Penny Berkemeier (Finn)
2. DIVORCE FANTASIES – Comedy at its best, that gets very strange, very quickly. Okay she invited him back to her place, and to be turned on, she needs to relive the anger issues of her divorce. He agrees, then the divorce lawyer arrives, followed by the woman that he had an affair with, and then the child of the marriage tells all. So much went wrong so very quickly, with an unexpected twist at the end, that explains all. Writer: Elena Burger, Director: Guy Verge Wallace, Cast: Alannah Robertson (Avery), Challito Browne (Adam), Luke Davis (Craig), Stephanie Beck (Marcia), Hannah Pembroke (Celia – the child). Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2016 TOP 80 WEEK 5 @ Depot Theatre→
Production photography by Sylvi Soe, and displayed in performance order.
This is week four of the biggest little play festival in the world. 2016 is the fifteenth year of SHORT+SWEET THEATRE SYDNEY, with the plays running from Wednesdays to Sundays until the Gala Final on the 13th March.