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SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE ILLAWARRA 2021 WEEK TWO

Short+Sweet Theatre Illawarra 2021 – Wollongong’s delicious contribution to the world’s largest little-play festival. Perfectly presented with swift changeovers between each play, provided the unique and rewarding experience, from experiencing the best of the best, which is Short and Sweet Theatre.

A quick ninety minute express intercity KIAMA train trip, from Sydney Central to Coniston. Fabulous ten minute (or LESS) plays, that made the express train journey very very worthwhile.

In Wollongong, everyone in the audience were all correctly wearing their disposable face masks, and of course face masks were not misused, as the infamously useless “neck-nappy”. A “neck nappy” is sometimes called a “neck-diaper” or “bib” as is worn by many babies. 

TOP 20 SHORT+SWEET PLAYS, with a strong group of writers/directors, and with unique original scripts –
14 x Female Writers
15 x Female Directors
5 x Play casts are travelling to Wollongong from Sydney
1 x Play group is traveling from Brisbane
4 x First Time Directors
8 x Illawarra Writers
6 x Sydney Writers
5 x International Scripts (UK, USA)



 

SHORT SWEET THEATRE ILLAWARRA 2021 WEEK TWO
PROGRAMME DETAILS WEEK 2
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD

(1) DIARY OF MARILYN
Marilyn Monroe her life and times, quickly re-live her sensational journey, with fast costume changes too. Debbie Neilson delivers an award-worthy theatrical performance experience.
Written and directed by Debbie Neilson (Corrimal)
STARRING Debbie Neilson

(2) SPELL IT OUT
Soft comedy. Use your imagination, OCD trauma causes her compulsion to spell her words when stressed.
Written by Katrina Samaras (West Wollongong) *
Directed by Brittany Louise Pike
STARRING Sally Evans, Ihaka Jones, Barbara Weir and Gabriela Gonzalez

(3) TALK TO THE HAND
Dialogue Intensive dramedy, paranoid-schizoprenia fully revealed, when you talk to your hand, and then your hand talks back to you.
Written by Rodney Marsden (Corrimal) *
Directed by Gabriela Gonzalez
STARRING Matt Bonnici and Michelle Phillips

(4) THE DATE
Speed dating drama, as each decade of time flies by, now dating, now together, now married, now separated, and much more.
Written by Chris Naylor (Balgowlah NSW)
Directed by Jasmin Shojai
STARRING Jasmin Shojai and Samuel Johnson

(5) SOCIALITE NETWORKING
Message play set in the 1930s, social-commentary comedy concerning the many perils, as caused by the multitude of awful unwanted features provided within our 2020s social-influencer culture.
Written by Nicky Denovan (Berkshire, UK)
Directed by Kelly-Maree Michael
STARRING Georgina Reed, Isabella Franklin and Tom Hadley

INTERVAL 15 MINUTES

(6) CLEAN SWAP
Comedy robbery, when threatened with a knife, expect those unexpected outcomes.
Written and directed by Brendan Bate (Thirroul) *
Produced by Bonnie Bate
STARRING Molly Turton and Johnny Chamberlain

(7) THE WRINKLE RANCH
Three female nursing-home residents, begin by playing russian-roulette sex-scrabble.
Written by Debra A. Cole (Kansas, USA) *
Directed by Karen Beavis
STARRING Barbara Weir, Patricia Cotter, Penelope Murray and Matt Bonnici

(8) PRESS PRAY
Church provides sanctuary. Comedy nightmare, because a woman is trying to talk with God, via the church’s awful Artificial Intelligence telephone call centre.
Written by Seth Freeman (California, USA)
Directed by Andrew Gobran
STARRING Jasmin Shojai and Toryn Biester (voiceover)

(9) YOU WON’T BELIEVE
Entertaining and very clever short-story comedy monologue in two voices. Debbie Neilson is quite superb as Grace, and also is splendid as her wheelchair bound mum. To finally find the love of her life, Grace uses an online dating app. Grace falls deeply in lust with the handsome alien-probed cat-fishing Marcel. Audience comedy favourite of the night.
Written and directed by Frank Leggett (Sydney)
STARRING Debbie Neilson

(10) DO NOT GO GENTLR
Comedy galore in Gotham City USA, as our older DC seniors, Bruce And Clark plan ahead.
Written by Graham Yates (Sydney)
Directed by Sara Nazemi
STARRING Ed Weich and Will Worthington

Venue – BRIDGE STREET THEATRE (Phoenix Theatre), 24 Bridge Street, Coniston (Wollongong) NSW

Two minutes easy walk, from Coniston Railway Station.
Four minutes easy walk, back to Coniston Railway Station.
F.Y.I. PLEASE DO NOT PANIC – despite the very misleading, multiple voice announcements, the weekdays 22:06 Coniston train back to Waterfall, IS ACTUALLY the 22:06 Coniston train back to Bondi Junction.

https://shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-theatre-illawarra-2021

SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA – Tickets WEEK ONE Theatre –
26, 27, 28 NOVEMBER 2021 – https://www.trybooking.com/BRNDW

SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA – Tickets WEEK TWO Theatre –
2, 3, 4 DECEMBER 2021 – https://www.trybooking.com/BRNEL

SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA PRODUCTION TEAM EXECUTIVE

Luke Berman | Executive Producer, Festival Director | luke.berman@shortandsweet.org

Elkie Chadwick | Production Manager, Associate Producer | elkie@blackboxtheatre.org

Tom Peach | Illawarra Literary Manager | literary@blackboxtheatre.org

Lisa Murray | Associate Producer, Business Development, Front of House | business@blackboxtheatre.org

SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA PRODUCTION TEAM

Phil Harris | Associate Producer, Publicist

Harry Burns | Theatre Stage Manager

Nick Lewis | Festival Lighting Designer

Stage Crew: Angélique Riou, Karen Illesca

SHORT+SWEET INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE

Mark Cleary | Artistic Director, Short+Sweet International

Alex Broun | International Literary Manager

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE – 2021 SYDNEY WEEK TWO @ AMPA TOM MANN THEATRE

COOGEE/NEWPORT PROGRAMME from 27th May 2021 until 30th May 2021 –

(1) LIFE FINDS A WAY
Family ancestry comedy delight, irony beautifully delivered to Joey by Aunt Vira. Her extended family all the way back to the dinosaurs, explored on the evening of the family New Years’ Eve party. Laughter galore kept the audience well amused, credible exaggeration, including the humorous death by piano.
Written by Pete Greenaway
Directed by Margaret Fitzgerald
STARRING –
Aunt Vira – Debbie Tilley
Joey – Jawed Wijngebrael

(2) SHOPPING FOR LOVE
Clever comedy monologue in one voice, artfully delivered by Melissa Myles (Tracey) whist she is panic shopping for love, in her local supermarket plus on the way to someplace else and also to everywhere else.
Written and Directed by Jonathon Solomon
ITC = Diamonds for Dessert
STARRING
Tracey – Melissa Myles

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SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK TWO SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

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.                             Continue reading SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK TWO SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

SHORT+ SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK TWO @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

 

Short and Sweet Theatre Sydney is the largest festival of ten minute plays in the world. Now in its 16th year, the festival takes place over a period of three months starting in January each year. Around 160 brand new scripts by Australian and international writers, will be performed during the festival. Spoilt for choice, with nine brand new plays this week:-

1 – T3 Trojan

ITC presented by Bare Bones Theatre Co.

Written and Directed by Judith Duncan

Cast: Karishma Mathur

Very entertaining, dramatic injustice monologue of woman versus machine, with essential content very reminiscent of “Fahrenheit 451” and “Divergent”. The human element has been removed, dystopian justice is now very blind, a computer is your judge jury and executioner, because all justice is badly administered by artificial intelligence, with urgent need for change. Continue reading SHORT+ SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK TWO @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK 2 @ NEW THEATRE

Inset pic- Angela Lumicisi sings the songs of Karen Carpenter in WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN. Featured pic- Ben Palumbo sings a collection of French songs accompanied by his accordion. Pics by Slyvi Soe.
Inset pic- Angela Lumicisi sings the songs of Karen Carpenter in WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN. Featured pic- Ben Palumbo sings a collection of French songs accompanied by his accordion. Pics by Slyvi Soe.

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.

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