Short and Sweet is “The biggest little theatre festival in the world” and now returns for the second week of “live on stage” delights, providing wonderful plays in bite sized morsels, each under ten minutes. Twisted Comedy, Elegant Drama, Potboiler Mysteries, and the incredibly weird too.
Second year in this big new venue for S+S, and comfortably seating a maximum of 171. Top 80 WEEK TWO Thursday 14th February 2019 until Sunday. The S+S festival has new shows every week for eight weeks, and runs through to April 2019.
S+S Top 80 program (Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 6.00pm) together with a separate S+S Wildcards program (Saturdays at 3.30pm and Sundays at 2.30pm). The S+S gala finals take place in April 2019.
(1) NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Written and directed by Leonie Jordan
Starring: Graham Yates, Melissa Myles
Huge strange comedy as the positively pretentious principal Mr. Fingleton, at length informs Emma the Kindergarten teacher, about her brand new student Shawn O’Sullivan, who is a young velociraptor with very special needs.
(2) FINISH LINE
Written and directed by Lisa Kelaher
Starring: Samantha Lee, Kiera Dzeparoski, Coralie Bywater
Interesting message comedy, perfectly directed, we discover a former sprint champion who is now competitively running the business of a fitness-shoe sales-woman. Still dealing with her runners angst, as she tries to up-sell size seven shoes to the unwilling and the willing.
(3) THE POISONS OF PAULINE
Written and directed by Pamela Waugh
Starring: Jock Bidwell (Franklin Fraud), Bronwyn Beard (Paulette), Mark Wallace (playing both the mother and her son)
Popular comedy potboiler, delightfully succumbing to an overabundance of clichés. With audience participation expected, this play quickly created a very interactive murder mystery. Solicitor Franklin Fraud, has nefarious plans to swindle wife Paulette, by poisoning her rich husband Rupert and his mother Marigold. Choose your poisoned teacup wisely.
(4) FROZEN IN PEAS
Written by Deanna Ableser
Directed by Tony Guyot
Starring: Rachael Tant, Kurt Bayly
Dystopian ultimate judgement day court drama, as everyone is now required to eat nine thousand frozen peas per year, or do they? Guilt and life and death. In a courtroom, unexplained Monty Python existential crisis to be solved by the judge.
(5) LETTING BILLY
Written by Diana Amsterdam
Directed by Cris Bocchi
Starring: Ben O’Connell (Billy) and Shantalle Abraham (Franny)
Pre-dawn telephone call, intimate relationship angst with female teacher Franny versus the young student Billy, who was her teacher’s pet.
(6) WAITING FOR THE GODOTS
Written by Robin Schlaht (Canada)
Directed by Richard Kennett
Starring: Alexandra Strehl, Steve Stojcevski
“To be in love, OR not to be in love?” The other married couple has yet to arrive. She is dissecting her marriage, whilst queuing for their reserved table at a curry restaurant. Tonight should they choose the a-la-carte curry menu OR gorge themselves on the curry buffet?
Short+Sweet Theatre (@ Tom Mann Theatre) Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) 136 Chalmers Street Surry Hills
SHORT + SWEET THEATRE – Top 80 – WEEK TWO – 14th until 17th February 2019
6:00pm Sundays (followed by the official presentation)