SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE – 2021 SYDNEY WEEK THREE @ AMPA TOM MANN THEATRE – – –
BRONTE/FAIRLIGHT PROGRAMME from 10th June 2021 until 13th June 2021 –
(1) HOW TO HEAL
Breatharianism (Inedia) at its best. Message play. Complicated drama, because Catherine went to her rapist David’s funeral, without telling her partner James. They discuss David’s marriage with Jessica, and all about her tiny vagina, and the non-consentual sexual assault by David upon Catherine.
Written by Natalie Calavas
Directed by Suzy Devery
Catherine – Grace Graznak
James – Huxley Pierce
(2) LIFE LESSONS
Huge drama in this message play concerning upset-ness, is about Jack’s Statutory Sexual Assault (Statutory Rape) by her thirty-year old teacher (Lesley) when she was sixteen years old. Political correction of the past for todays expectations, by repainting the past narrative, what should never ever have been acceptable, is reconsidered and discussed when Tom discusses his girlfriend’s first sexual encounter, which was with her female teacher.
Written by Steve Wheat
Directed by Sari Simpson
Tom – Oli Stening
Jacinta (Jack) – Camille Qurban
(3) HOW TO WRITE A PRIZEWINNING PLAY IN TEN MINUTES OR LESS
Nigg-el is typing his comedy 1800 word play in under ten minutes, as Penny-low speaks, he immediately types all her words into the play. Nigel believes his typing is far more important, than his intimate relationship with Penelope.
Written by Ian Robinson
Directed by Jo Bradley
Nigel – Sam Walsh
Penelope – Helen Wang
(4) LA 8AM
Drama as wife Paige and husband Kevin argue at breakfast from 8:00am. Their future timelines to imminent death within minutes, is conveyed to the audience by GGG and AAA.
Written by Mark Harvey Levine
Directed by Angela Blake
Paige Kirkwood – Talin Agon
Kevin Kirkwood – Sam Wallace
GGG – Hamish MacDonald
AAA – Angela Blake
(5) ARMCHAIR CRITIC
Amazing comedy delight as famous award-winning theatre critic is rumbled by his editor, about his strange/inaccurate review of the latest Pinter play. The armchair critic knew that his day of infamy might come. Beautifully directed with panache, by Short and Sweet veteran director, Felix Carlyle.
Written by Nicky Denovan
Directed by Felix Carlyle
Editor “Mitch” – John Hooke
Critic “Clive” – Paul Byrne
At night, Elizabeth is searching in the woods for her missing daughter Isabella, and she blames the “Witch of the Woods”. Excellent and intensive drama about kindling, wolves, thistles, hags, widows, crones, the missing and new expectations.
Written and Directed by Tommy James Green
ITC = Old Cargo
Witch/Margaret – Katherine Poulsen
Woman/Elizabeth – Madeleine Wighton
(7) SALSA DANCING
Slow-paced comedy about his grandmother successfully dating online. His conversationally challenged single mother, is talked into dating online.
Written by Natasha Yim
Directed by Elizabeth Munro
Angie – Ruth Smoother
Braden – Joash Stuivenberg
Naomi – Denise Kitcher
(8) BOG BODIES
Three black and white (white and black) costumed dancers in the heart of Africa, at the site of a bog that swallows lives. Drama with a young woman, devastated over the loss of her beloved best friend.
Written by Annabel Webster.
Directed by Guillermo Martin Sepulveda.
Original music by Peter Johnson and Scott Watkins-Sully.
Phoebe – Emma Johnston
Cora – Natassa Zoë
Dion – Vanessa Pino
Agam – Sandra Lucas
(9) CLUE IN THE LIBRARY
Cluedo (UK) = Clue (USA) is now very alive on stage. An excellent costumed comedy delight. A knifing murder victim, and Professor Plum and Miss Scarlet need to discover the clues, and follow all those clues, to find who is the murderer, as well as finding the location of the murder weapon.
Written by Steven Hayet
Directed by Emma Carolina-Wolf
Miss Scarlett – Laura Hefer
Professor Plum – Reo
911 Operator – Emma Carolina-Wolf
Close friends relationship drama, all served with good wine, especially when out of time, all about the do and the dont, and the great unspoken. Sarah’s internalised traumas are not discussed, with her three close friends. All about the unspoken loneliness, and yes each nothing happens more than twice.
Written and Directed by Bar Silberstein
ITC = Bluebird Theatre Company
Sarah – Alexandra Rigby
Rachel – Josie Mura
Rebecca – Samantha Proctor
Lea – Bar Silberstein
(11) YOU WON’T BELIEVE
Audience comedy favourite of the night. Entertaining short-story monologue in two voices. Debbie Neilson is superb as Grace, and also is splendid as her wheelchair bound mum. Her dominating Mum dies, and then Grace uses an online dating app to meet the alien-probed catfishing Marcel, the love of her life. Grace sends Marcel $10,000 then $50,000. However Marcel must personally collect in cash, the next $100,000 that he needs to pay for the removal of all the Alien Implants.
Written and Directed by Frank Leggett
ITC = Ampullae of Lorenzini
Grace – Debbie Neilson
Mum – Debbie Neilson
(12) TWO PSYCHICS MEET ON TINDER
“Tinder on Steroids” sure-fire comedy dating hit of the night. Exploring all of their relationship together, over the next ten years.
Written by Adam Szudrich
Directed by Gina Cohen
Alice – Gina Cohen
Derek – Jeremy Godwin
The above twelve plays were performed, in the following order.
Thursday 3, 2, 5, 4, 10, 11, 1, 12
Friday 7, 2, 10, 8, 11, 9, 1, 5, 12
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SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE – 2021 SYDNEY WEEK THREE @ AMPA TOM MANN THEATRE – – –
SHORT + SWEET ‘The Biggest Little Festival in the World!’ –
Short+Sweet Theatre (@ Tom Mann Theatre) Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) 136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills, NSW
SHORT + SWEET THEATRE – SYDNEY WEEK THREE – from 10th June 2021 until 13th June 2021
7:30pm until 10:00pm Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays
2:00pm until 4:30pm Saturdays
2:00pm until 4:30pm Sundays
Production Pix by Jim Crew.
THE WINNERS for WEEK THREE are –
BRONTE/FAIRLIGHT Semi Finalists
Peoples Choice – Armchair Critic by Nicky Denovan; and Kindling by Tommy James Green
Judge’s Choice – Two Psychics Meet on Tinder by Adam Szudrich; and You Won’t Believe by Frank Leggett.
Crew Cut – to be announced.
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 2021 –
Thursday, May 27 2021 – 7:30pm COOGEE/NEWPORT
Friday, May 28 2021 – 7:30pm COOGEE/NEWPORT
Saturday, May 29 2021 – 2:00pm COOGEE/NEWPORT
Saturday, May 29 2021 – 7:30pm COOGEE/NEWPORT
Sunday, May 30 2021 – 2:00pm COOGEE/NEWPORT
Thursday, Jun 10 2021 – 7:30pm BRONTE/FAIRLIGHT
Friday, Jun 11 2021 – 7:30pm BRONTE/FAIRLIGHT
Saturday, Jun 12 2021 – 2:00pm BRONTE/FAIRLIGHT
Saturday, Jun 12 2021 – 7:30pm BRONTE/FAIRLIGHT
Sunday, Jun 13 2021 – 2:00pm BRONTE/FAIRLIGHT
Sunday, Jun 13 2021 – 6:00pm BRONTE/FAIRLIGHT
Thursday, Jun 17 2021 – 7:30pm CRONULLA
Friday, Jun 18 2021 – 7:30pm AVALON
Saturday, Jun 19 2021 – 2pm AVALON
Saturday, Jun 19 2021 – 7:30pm CRONULLA
Sunday, Jun 20 2021 – 2pm CRONULLA
Sunday, Jun 20 2021 – 6pm AVALON
Thursday, Jun 24 2021 – 7:30pm TAMARAMA
Friday, Jun 25 2021 – 7:30pm CURL CURL
Saturday, Jun 26 2021 – 2pm CURL CURL
Saturday, Jun 26 2021 – 7:30pm TAMARAMA
Sunday, Jun 27 2021 – 2pm TAMARAMA
Sunday, Jun 27 2021 – 6pm CURL CURL
Thursday, Jul 15 2021 – 7:30pm MALABAR
Friday, Jul 16 2021 – 7:30pm BALMORAL
Saturday, Jul 17 2021 – 2pm BALMORAL
Saturday, Jul 17 2021 – 7:30pm MALABAR
Sunday, Jul 18 2021 – 2pm MALABAR
Sunday, Jul 18 2021 – 6pm BALMORAL
Thursday, Jul 22 2021 – 7:30pm MAROUBRA
Friday, Jul 23 2021 – 7:30pm NARRABEEN
Saturday, Jul 24 2021 – 2pm NARRABEEN
Saturday, Jul 24 2021 – 7:30pm MAROUBRA
Sunday, Jul 25 2021 – 2pm MAROUBRA
Sunday, Jul 25 2021 – 6pm NARRABEEN
Thursday, Jul 29 2021 – 7:30pm CLOVELLY
Friday, Jul 30 2021 – 7:30pm PALM
Saturday, Jul 31 2021 – 2pm PALM
Saturday, Jul 31 2021 – 7:30pm CLOVELLY
Sunday, Aug 1 2021 – 2pm CLOVELLY
Sunday, Aug 1 2021 – 6pm PALM
Thursday, Aug 12 2021 – 7:30pm CREW CUT SEMI 1
Friday, Aug 13 2021 – 7:30pm JUDGE’S CHOICE SEMI 1
Saturday, Aug 14 2021 – 2pm PEOPLE’S CHOICE SEMI 1
Saturday, Aug 14 2021 – 7:30pm PEOPLE’S CHOICE SEMI 2
Sunday, Aug 15 2021 – 2pm CREW CUT SEMI 2
Sunday, Aug 15 2021 – 6pm JUDGE’S CHOICE SEMI 2
SHORT+SWEET SYDNEY 2021 CREATIVE TEAM
Founder/Artistic Director – Mark Cleary
Festival Director – Nick Hardcastle
Festival Producer – Belinda Ling
Production Manager – Karen Ways
Technical Director – Addie Fowler
Stage Management – Alex Liang
Publicity – Geoff Sirmai