The Eulogyby Kel Vance and directed by Brendan Paul, centres on a teenage boy, Sam (Archit Mahajan, as he arrives at his own funeral. However, he soon learns how different his life could have been when the girl (Lola Bond ) he never met, but loved from afar, begins to eulogise him.Continue reading SHORT + SWEET FINALS WEEK→
Wildcards Finals week at Short and Sweet Theatre Sydney 2018.
(1) “Which Goldberg?” directed by Louise Reily and written by Michael Strang. Very clever dialogue comedy of manners and persons, set in a Jewish funeral home, just before the funeral service for Abe Goldberg. Memorable stand-out performances from the two older women, who talk continuously about all the people they know, because they both knew a man called Goldberg, however are they supposed to be there? Starring Liz Hovey, Joanna Weinberg and Simon Lenthe (Rabbi). Continue reading SHORT+SWEET THEATRE THE WILDCARDS FINAL SYDNEY 2018 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE→
SHORT+SWEET Week Eight, this is the final week of heats of the Top 80, with the SHORT+SWEET Finals Series next week, including the People’s Choice Showcase and the Wildcards Finals, and soon the SHORT+SWEET Gala Finals.
This week there are eleven very different and very original plays, being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet, the world’s biggest little play festival. Delicious comedy providing laugh-out-loud entertainment, a wtf box, solving a superb who-done-it complete with some real red herrings, school bullies, regrets, a ventriloquist dummy living life on its own terms, alzheimers, grieving, the fully tweeted honeymoon night. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK FIVE SYDNEY 2018 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE→
There are ten very different and very original plays, being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet, the world’s biggest little play festival. Delicious comedy monologues providing laugh-out-loud entertainment, message plays, comedies, dramas and dramedy.
This year in a big new venue for S+S, and located inside the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) building, and comfortably seating a maximum of 171. Top 80 Week Four Thursday 22nd February 2018 until Sunday. The S+S festival has new shows every week for eight weeks, and runs from February until April, with both a Top 80 program (Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 6.30pm) together with a separate Wildcards program (Saturdays at 3.30pm and Sundays at 2.30pm). The S+S gala finals take place in April 2018.
Week three Top 80 of this eight week festival of short plays is another entertaining and fun night with a great mix of plays to engage the audience. From a disastrous meeting with Santa, same sex-marriage to love with a bicycle and an art theft there is comedy, philosophy and drama a plenty. Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET: TOP 80 WEEK 3→
There are eight simply superb plays being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet. Top 80 Week One, Thursday 1st February 2018 until Sunday. Captivating drama, strange circumstances, unique outlooks, and laugh-out-loud entertainment galore. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK ONE→
SHORT + SWEET is the biggest little theatre festival in the world, On Thursday February 1st, it opens at an all-new venue, with the first of the summer’s selection of over 120 tasty, ten-minute bites. Continue reading SHORT + SWEET: SNEAK PEEK→
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 very best of the best are returning in March at the Gala Final.
All the heats have finished, and these twelve just simply superb plays all deserved getting to the S+S WILDCARDS finals. Providing clever message-pieces and both drama and laugh-out-loud entertainment galore, presented in the ten minute play format.
(1) HARRY JEEVA AND THE GATES TO SELF DESTRUCTION – Wildcards Week 6 – Meditation comedy, freshly divorced Harry manages the eternal battle between mind, intellect and soul. Methods explained for controlling anger, greed and lust. ITC: Vedanta, Writer + Director: Robert Grant, Cast: Uma Kali Shakti (Soul), Sanket Das (Harry Jeeva), Belinda Maree Elchaar (Ms. Brill and Amanda), Cristina Siciliano (Mind), Brad Yee (Intellect) Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2016 WILDCARDS FINAL @ Depot Theatre→
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.
This is the final week of Sydney’s Biggest Little Cabaret Festival, with a brand new round of performances. The winners will go on to perform in the Gala Final to be held at 7pm on Sunday 7th February at the inner city venue Slide Lounge located at 41 Oxford Street.
Week 4 saw a great assortment of talent on stage. Emcee was the witty Cruello De Vil. In under 95 minutes, six superb ten minute performances were presented, with it being very difficult to pick the performance that will go through.
There was a good array of cabaret styles on display including female burlesque, cover songs, and songs with new comic lyrics.
1. DIRTY MARTINI
This starred Miss Bellissima who first appeared wearing a beautiful black mirror-sequined gown, delivered a classic burlesque routine that showed her flexibility as slowly layer upon layer of clothing was peeled away from her slender body. Performed to Shirley Bassey singing Diamonds Are Forever from The Remix Album. Next she swam and danced on top of a gigantic martini glass, followed by opening a bottle of champagne, gently poured all over her body. A dripping wet crowd pleaser. Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK 4 @ NEW THEATRE→
Production photography by Sylvi Soe has been displayed in order of performance.
This review relates to the second week of the Short and Sweet Comedy and Magic Festival held at the New Theatre on Sunday 25th January.
The very entertaining Suzie Q, was the excellent Master of Ceremonies. Suzie Q is a world champion pole dancer (currently ranked third in the world in pairs pole), a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent and a former Miss Nude Australia and Penthouse Pet. She was very excited to appear onstage fully dressed! Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET COMEDY+MAGIC 2016 WEEK 2 @ NEW THEATRE→
This was an excellent week featuring nine entertaining performances.
1. THE BLOOD OF A THOUSAND CHICKENS
This was a re-imagined epic classical Greek historical comedy with even Socrates getting a mention. Historically inaccurate. Oedipus discovers that offering the Gods the blood of a thousands of chickens and goats did not end the drought. What will the next sacrifice be?
Writer: James Hutchison, Director: Glen Pead, Cast: Nathan Bennett (Oedipus), Keira Bird (Jocasta), Sebastian Lopez (Phallus), Warren Paul Glover (Cretin & The Oracle), Nicole Carney (Penurious).
This was an excellent drama set in an abortion clinic, as a young girl thinks through her very tough decision to end the life of her baby. Her mother arrives, and with her arrival a brand new set of viewpoints come to the fore.
Angela Gibson stars as the Teacher, in a comic monologue, again and again another question is asked, then answered twice. Initially a very very huge lie is told, and then the actual truth is detailed at length. With a unique twist, this delightful comedy, was an audience favourite. ITC: Savage Servants, Writer: Natalie Banach, Director: Cheryl Butler.
4. THE UNEXPECTED
Katie Fairbrother plays Lisa, the Mother and Bridget Durkin is Jeannie, the daughter in THE UNEXPECTED. Both have important news, but their long unresolved mother/daughter issues constantly get in the way in this situation drama, which struck an all too familiar chord with many women in the audience. This poignant comedy drew well deserved applause. Writer: Greg Gould, Director: Adam Grubner.
5. THE GOON
These two goons are never ever supposed to kill the comic book hero. Super heroes comedy ensues as the goons try to cover up the murder. The remaining comic book villain (Mister Baby Chicken) is only supposed to die at the end, in a moment of supreme poignancy. Once you change the reality of the comic book world, what else can go wrong? With perfect cast and direction, this was another audience favourite, with constant laughter. ITC: The Monologue Project, Writer + Director: Pete Malicki, Cast: Mark Longhurst (Gary), Ryan Bown (Blarney), Matt Steel (Main Bad Guy – Mr. Poulette).
6. DOCTORS ORDERS
In this fictional future, two doctors repeatedly try to get their brand new patient to willingly end his life via assisted suicide. The situation was somewhat reminiscent of the 1973 movie, SOYLENT GREEN. In the end, will the doctors decide that this patient is wasting their time and money? The piece was expertly directed, very well cast comedy, was another crowd pleaser. ITC: Blackbox Productions, Writer: Tom Peach, Director: Luke Berman, Cast: Bradley Ward (Dr Smith), Sam Lovell (Dr Armand), Alexander Cuff (Joe Simpson).
7. BABY BLUES
This piece saw Ruth Pieloor (Mother and Baby Puppet) perform delightful comic puppetry. The situation involved a clever but very unhappy baby discussing her very over protective mother whilst being fed, burping, crying and pooping. At length the baby discussed her dissatisfaction with modern-day parenting practises. The piece easily pulled at the heart strings of the audience, and generated laughter and applause. The only criticism was the swearing which added nothing to the performance. ITC: Ruth Pieloor, Writer + Director: Shelly Higgs.
8. BROTHERS IN ARMS
France 1917, the truth finally comes out when two brothers are about to die, just before going ‘over the top’ at the Battle of Passchendaele. The already telegraphed secret is finally delivered near the end, but there is more…Soldiers shirking their duty (cowards) are always immediately killed with friendly fire. ITC + Writer + Director: Warren Paul Glover, Cast: Richard Littlehales (William), Leon Joseph (Humphrey), Daniel Pollock (Tom), Mark Fowler (Charlie).
9. RED EYE TO BANGKOK
Comedy mayhem before the aircraft takes off, so how many phobias can one woman passenger have? There is no escape, from the nightmare departure scenario, that gets funnier by the second. Received well deserved applause from an appreciative audience. ITC: Crash Test Drama Cronulla, Writer + Director: Susan Turner, Cast: Toasty d’Bechamel (Brad), Melissa Myles (Jeanie), Haki Crisden (Omar)
SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2016 Top 80 Week Three,is playing at the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville until Sunday 24 January 2016.
Production photography by Stephen Favaloro, and photos displayed in performance order.