Wednesday 18th March 2020 – Short+Sweet postponed until June 2020 – – – Sadly, as you may have anticipated, the Short+Sweet festival will close even before the week six’s already rehearsed program was to open tommorrow. Health concerns for (and of) audience and artists are primary . . . Short+Sweet will be back in June 2020, and will see you there.
SHORT+SWEET 2020 SYDNEY – Top 80 plays, and this is week five of the eight week festival of brilliant S+S short plays. There are twelve very different plays, including some with adult themes, being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet, the world’s biggest little play festival. Dark dating, bright dating, an important message play about depression/grief, one absolutely engaging dramatic monologue concerned with a fascist, plus the unexpected dangers of dna-testing fully provides superb comedy entertainment to end the evening. Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 week five SYDNEY 2020 @ AMPA TOM MANN THEATRE→
SHORT+SWEET 2020 SYDNEY – Top 80 plays, and this is week four of the eight week festival of brilliant S+S short plays. There are thirteen very different plays, including some with adult themes (trauma/suicide/nudity/full-nudity), being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet, the world’s biggest little play festival. Dark dating dramedies, one concerned with death and dying, an important message play about 911 operators, one absolutely engaging comedy monologue, plus tinder comedy entertainment to end the evening. Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 week four SYDNEY 2020 @ AMPA TOM MANN THEATRE→
SHORT+SWEET 2020 SYDNEY – Top 80 plays, and this is the third week of this eight week festival of S+S amazing and delicious short plays. There are twelve very different and quite unique plays, being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet, the world’s biggest little play festival. Delicious delightfully comedies and a very dark drama concerned with a fighting couple running out of time, a quick learning lesson that is spoken and fully signed in Auslan, an important message play with adult themes, an absolutely engaging text-intensive descriptive genocide-based drama, plus clever laugh-out-loud farce-based comedy entertainment to begin the evening. Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK THREE SYDNEY 2020 @ AMPA TOM MANN THEATRE→
SHORT+SWEET 2020 SYDNEY – Top 80 plays, and this is the second week of this eight week festival of S+S short plays. There are nine very different and unique plays, some plays include adult themes (trauma/suicide), being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet, the world’s biggest little play festival. Delicious delightfully dark dramas concerned with death and dying, and some with dramedy, an important message play, there are two absolutely engaging monologues, plus laugh-out-loud farce-based comedy entertainment to end the evening. Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 week two SYDNEY 2020 @ AMPA TOM MANN THEATRE→
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→
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
This is a re-write of the post that I published in which I poorly expressed my concerns about the originality of Bokkie Robertson’s play WISH which was performed in the first week of the Short and Sweet Festival and has been selected to play a part in this year’s Finals.