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.
Pics all by Sylvi Soe, and displayed in performance order.
Sydney’s Biggest Little Cabaret Festival is back, and now with two brand new side festival events with COMEDY+MAGIC performers every week, for just two Sundays during January 2016. Presenting the best in COMEDY+MAGIC including Australia’s best magicians, with each of the eleven performances delivered in under ten minutes. Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET COMEDY+MAGIC 2016 WEEK 1 @ NEW THEATRE→
All pics by Stephen Favaloro and are displayed in the sequence of plays performed. Featured pic- The cast of THE PIECE KEEPER.
(1)A GOOD EGG is an unpredictable comedy, with the lead immaculately costumed as the best dressed rooster in Sydney. Lonely hearts meet via online dating, very clever dialogue, but you will never ever guess who actually gets who?
DIRECTOR: Shannan Ely, WRITER: Mark Konik
(2) THE GENESIS PROJECT– Comedy about the first day of the creation of the world, as four angels carry out god’s instructions. However very disappointing, because just when the audience is getting into the story, it ends.
DIRECTOR: Henrietta Stathopolous, WRITER: Christian Simonsen
(3) WALKED OVER – As the drama of the story unfolds, we are drawn ever deeper into the lives of the couple, and perhaps our sympathies are with one more than the other. Perhaps the truth is something completely different?
DIRECTOR: Tom Richards WRITER: Graham Yates ITC: Crash Test Drama Sydney
(4) BROKEN has two political prisoners, tortured, beaten and then thrown together. But who is betraying who, and what will one do to save their family. A very impressive script, with powerful performances.
DIRECTOR: Bass Hathaway WRITER: James McLindon
(5) TEA TIME – pulled at the heart strings of the audience, with a truly outstanding performance by Sandra Bass. Just a beautifully simple and elegant script, expertly directed. Gentle repetition of “cup of tea?” heightened the plight of an elderly couple, both with dementia. Poignant comedy garnered applause, plus oooos and arrrrs from the audience.
DIRECTOR: Debbie Smith WRITER: Debbie Smith
(6) THE PIECE KEEPER female hoarder loses or does she take, everything, by deliberately choosing her own life journey.
DIRECTOR: Felicity Burke WRITER: Pheona Mulligan ITC: Crash Test Drama Sydney
(7) THE TURNAROUND – clever political satire, as the sleazy politician becomes the fixer of a terrible mistake that he made with a staffer.
DIRECTOR: Terry Meller WRITER: David Vazdauskas
(8) WIPED OUT – drama monologue. A woman’s life is wiped out, as we come to understand why she is in her present position. An extremely revengeful ending.
DIRECTOR: Stephen Carnell WRITER: Robert Renshaw ITC: Actors Anonymous Inc
(9) ON THE BUS has a large cast, some under-utilised, which brings to life the stories of each character. All are now little more than shells of their former selves.
DIRECTOR: Mary D’Alton WRITER: Gillian Brennan ITC: Crash Test Drama Bundanoon
(10) WHO WANTS TO BE A CHANNEL NINE INTERN?! – A laugh out loud comedy, with a truly outstanding performance by Davey Reynolds as “Bryan from HR” as the interviewer. Job interview that immediately turns into a rigged television game show, including a weird “phone a friend”. The question is who actually wins the game? With a very witty script, this was the crowd pleaser of the night.
DIRECTOR: Dave Reynolds WRITER: Chris Heaslip ITC: SlipDavey.
SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2016 Top80 week two, runs from Wednesday 13 January 2016 to Sunday 17 January 2016 at the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville
Sydney’s Biggest Little Cabaret Festival is back, with a brand new round of performers every week, for four weeks during January, and ending with a Gala Final on 7th February.
Short and Sweet Cabaret Week Two had a superb assortment of talent on stage, with a huge range of cabaret style songs, including female burlesque, farce and comedy, dance and musical theatre. In under 100 minutes, seven superb ten minute performances were presented and with all the impressive talent, it was almost impossible to pick the winner.
(1) DRAG IN THE FOLK- starring Daniele Gianotti and the Dusha Balkana Dance Ensemble. Well costumed extravaganza as a bearded drag queen lip-synced an amazing octave range of songs, with comedic support by the one person dance ensemble.
All pics by Stephen Favaloro and in the correct sequence of the ten plays.
The biggest little play festival in the world is back for its fifteenth year, and now also has free car parking. Expect to see up to 160 ten minute plays across the eight weeks, with a Gala Final in March. SHORT+SWEET THEATRE SYDNEY this year, runs Wednesdays to Sundays, from 6 January 2016 to 13 March 2016. This is a very entertaining week, with ten wonderful plays, and very hard to pick the winner this week.
One of the highlights between each ten minute cabaret act, was the gorgeous Kay Armstrong as the MC. Armstrong contributed plenty of audience participation, great one liners, and some corny jokes, plus one crazy ballet number. All very entertaining and well worth seeing. Later in January, Kay Armstrong is also bringing her one woman show to Short and Sweet Cabaret 2016.
Sydney’s Biggest Little Cabaret Festival is back, with a brand new round of performers every week, for four weeks during January. Short and Sweet Cabaret has a new festival director this year, James Taylor (Royal Ballet London, The Magician’s Cabaret, El Circo, Risque Revue).
In under ninety minutes, six superb ten minute performances were presented from 7:30pm on Tuesday night. This week a unique and very entertaining evening of brand new cabaret was experienced, with a huge range of cabaret style songs, including comedy, dance and musical theatre. With so much talent on stage this week, very very hard to pick the winner. Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK ONE SYDNEY→