There are twelve completely different and completely original plays, in another tasty assortment of theatre treats being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet Week Nine WILDCARDS FINALS of “The biggest little theatre festival in the world”.
Second year in this big new venue for S+S, and comfortably seating a maximum of 171. Huge week of must-see comedic delights with each brand new play under ten minutes. The S+S festival has new shows every week and runs until the S+S GALA FINALS on the 27th and the 28th April 2019.
(1) BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
First Date comedy message play, where she talks too much, however he listens too much. She finally discovers that the blueberry muffins are extraordinary.
Writer: Deanna Ableser
Director: Ian Cooke
Starring: Olga Tamara, Scott Toohey
(2) INHUMAN NATURE
Police Procedural Drama when Ada the robot is accused by the Police, of the brutal murder of her owner. Ada has a moral compass, and insists on the right to see her lawyer before speaking to the Police. However every word spoken by Ada in the absence of a lawyer is inadmissible in court, and explains her need for murder to occur.
Writer: Brian Pastor
Director: Kristina Ingegneri
Starring: Katrina Maskell, Meri Ray, Joel Thornton
(3) POINT OF VIEW
Comedy with interesting thoughtful staging, easily delivering an anomalous view of the world. Patient preaching from his wheelchair, we see John’s world, and that the doctors are crazy.
Writer: Steve Wheat
Director: Fergus Maclagan
Starring: Sharon Brady, Don Ferguson, Anthony McShane
(4) CAST ME PLEASE
Erstwhile decadent comedy, as 30-something actress Laura Star delivers her life story, a delightful one woman monologue, including stalking a casting director.
Writer: Cris Bocchi
Director: Latifa Amal-Schwarz
Starring: Cris Bocchi, Latifa Amal- Schwarz
(5) HAPPY BIRTHDAY
The plot of the 1976 movie Logans Run with a huge comedy twist. Set in 2098, today on his birthday, the one hundred year old (narcissistic millennial) Blake with receive his contractually obligated lethal injection. Audience comedy favourite on opening night.
Writer: Allan West
Director: Liviu Monstead
Starring: Eveline Schubert, Chris Miller
Comedy galore as mum, Mrs Patsy Hughes, provides her sugar fix of cakes. Son Peter repeatedly introduces his intended Genevieve to his mum, until Genevieve finally states exactly what mum wants to hear.
Writer: Sonia Allan
Director: Anna Martin
Starring: Sonia Allan, Debra Freeman, Andy Cavenagh, Aleksandra Ford.
(7) RIDING THE CLUTCH
Mother and daughter issues arise, during learner driving lessons, as Mum’s long forgotten GPS diverts their journey to allow her daughter Nessa to visit Bluebell The Cat.
Writer: Sally Bartley
Director: Sebastien Scott
Starring: Lynda Leavers, Genevieve Evans
(8) YOUNG WOMAN
Daughter consuming her Coca-Cola, and YES we need to talk, pleads Emma to her Mum. Black-dog confessional drama within this important message play, all about daughter’s Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
ITC: Pumphouse Productions
Writer and Director: Steven Williams
Starring: Megan Barlow, Olivia Ayoub, Laura Tate
(9) SNOW ANGEL OF ANTARCTICA
Constant sibling rivalry comedy in the end creates snow angels, the dead brother’s bucket list is honoured by this sister, and the last port of call is Antartica.
Writer: Victoria Connerty
Director: Elyse Cousette
Starring: Sarah Moon, Mitch Summerfield
Text intensive drama, a young child lives in the Mental Health Ward, thinking and deciding whole versus half. Half-left or half-right?
Writer: Rebekah Dack
Director: Jessie Kay
Starring: Meagan Donnelly, Bonnie Park
(11) DEATH DEFYING
Drama trapped in Limbo. Circus aerialists from different eras, disingenuous Zazelle and fateful Aerobella, yes both need to remember their real names, or be remembered by others, to then move to Heaven.
Writer: Stephen Kaplan
Director: Oliver Walton
Starring: Emily Pollard, Tyler Cox
(12) STUCK IN THE MIDDLE
Product placement Comedy. In a Seven-Eleven inconvenience store, clever comedy from the rotisserie three sausages, ends the evening. Each of the Chosen Ones are awaiting their fate, global warming was caused by the Seven-Eleven Great Blue Slurpee flood.
Writer: Paul Braverman
Director: Felicia Lay
Starring: Monika Lay, Felicia Lay, David Hodgkins, Tom Howard
SHORT+SWEET SYDNEY 2019 GALA FINAL 2019 will be held from 7:30pm Saturday 27th April 2019 and from 6:00pm Sunday 28th April 2019 – – – GALA FINAL 2019 plays include all the judges choice winners from each of our S+S Top 80 heats, plus adding the S+S Judges Choice winning play from the S+S WILDCARD FINALS and S+S CREWCUT FINALS as well as the two plays as voted by the audience of the S+S PEOPLES CHOICE SHOWCASE.
SHORT+SWEET THEATRE WEEK NINE – WILDCARDS FINALS – SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE
SAT 6TH APRIL 2019 and SUN 7TH APRIL 2019
Short+Sweet Theatre (@ Tom Mann Theatre) Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) 136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills