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Short+Sweet Theatre Kolkata

Short+Sweet Theatre festival is a competition of 10 minute plays staged by local artists/theatre groups, amateur and professional alike.The festival is to be held from 1st-9th August 2015 and local Script Writers, Directors, Theatre groups and  Actors were invited to register their interest. The submissions are over for the year.

The Directors will be able to select from the shortlisted local scripts & international scripts provided by Short+Sweet. The Directors will cast their plays through common auditions (to be held in May). These plays will be  produced  on stage during the festival where eminent local theatre personalities and audience members will vote for their favourites. Ten shortlisted finalists will compete in the Gala Finals for various awards.

The festival will be an annual event just the way it  runs all over the world. 

For more information on how to participate, volunteer and to support this endeavour kindly write to rashmi@shortandsweet.org

Schedule announced for Short+Sweet Dubai 2015

TOP 30 - WEEK 1

DATES: Friday February 6th & Saturday February 7th at 7.30pm

VENUE: Kilachand Theatre, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates




Another beautiful morning at Arabian Ranches, where neighbors and friends Ted & Jim remind each other exactly why they love the Joneses so much.

Writer: Trace Crawford (USA)

Shortlist announced for Short+Sweet Dubai 2015


Congratulations to the following plays that have been shortlisted for Short+Sweet Dubai 2015:

Title                                           Writer                                              Country

A Date with Doris                      Jilly Gardiner                                    UAE

A Day at the Beach                    Shina Ahmad                                    UAE

A Good Deed For Mr Stinky      Judith Duncan                                  Australia

Register for Short+Sweet Bollywood

ALL performances must be under 10 minutes. 
It can be any dance form but the only condition is that the song has to be from a Bollywood or Indian film/Indian music.
You will have to mention the name of the film when you submit your music CD. 
Dance troupes and companies can submit as many entries as they wish, though individual dancers are only permitted to perform in a maximum of 2 performances per programme. This means only 2 performances per night each programme.

Please advise whether your submission is for persons under or over 18 to partake in the festival. Children are welcome but will be included in the Fast+Fresh Bollywood season on Sunday only. Adults perform Tuesday-Saturday in one of two programmes.
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Short+Sweet Dubai Gala Final 2013


Perfect Stillness, a moving and funny tale of a husband struggling to write a eulogy for his wife, swept the awards at the Gala Final of the first ever Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival, presented by Marina Home, 7DAYS and Emirates NBD, at DUCTAC on Saturday night.

Written by Jane Miller, Perfect Stillness won both major awards at the festival - Best Overall Production, as chosen by the judges, as well as the People’s Choice Award for the audience’s favourite play.

Aswathi Menon, who played Annie, also won Best Actress, while Rohit Prakash, who played the husband Tim, won Best Actor Runner-Up. The production was beautifully directed by Rashmi Kotriwala and also starred Majoe Mathew as Harrison.

The Best Actor award went to Mathivanan Rajendram, who travelled all the way from Chennai, for his portrayal of a hapless actor in The Lost Audition, presented by Stray Factory.

While the Best Actress Runner-up went to Niloofar Farzaneh for her hilarious portrayal of the feisty Mimi in No.22.

Best Director went to Sadia Noori for her powerful productions of The Others for Theatrewallas Productions while Dubai Drama Group’s Clifford Single won Best Script for his dark comedy, Friends and Colleagues.

The Others also finished second in the People’s Choice while Third Half Theatre’s production of I Am, written and directed by talented local writer-director Sanjeev Dixit came in third.

Best New Talent for the Festival was awarded to Sanjit Chakravarty, a student of the American School of Dubai, for his stunning performance as a young man trying to find The secret to making the perfect aloo paratha.

Saturday night was the climax of Dubai’s first ever Short+Sweet Festival, which is the largest ten-minute play festival in the world and is already established in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and India.

The Gala Final featured the best eleven plays as chosen by the Judge’s and the Audience from the over 50 ten-minute plays presented at DUCTAC over the past fortnight.

Many of Dubai’s top local theatre groups were represented on the night with Backstage, Dubai Drama Group, Third Half Theatre and Theatrewallas Productions all having productions in the Gala.

Alex Broun, Festival Director of the Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival, said he was delighted with the festival’s launch in the U.A.E.

“Short+Sweet Dubai was a huge hit and the response to our inaugural festival has been better than we could have ever hoped for”, said Broun.

“With over 200 local actors, writers and directors taking part in the Festival its clear the local theatre community has already taken Short+Sweet Dubai to its heart.

“And with audiences nearing 2000 over the fortnight its clear local theatre-goers were also delighted by what they were seeing on stage.”

“Short+Sweet is now firmly established in Dubai and will definitely become an annual event. We have already begun plans to make our next Festival in 2014 bigger and better.”

“We also want to thank our wonderful sponsors Marina Home, 7DAYS, Emirates NBD, DIFF, The Kreative Company and all the staff at DUCTAC for making the festival a success and supporting local theatre in Dubai. Giving a platform to local actors, writers and director in Dubai is one of Short+Sweet’s primary goals which we clearly achieved in this festival.”

The full list of award winners from last night is as follows:


BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION:                   Perfect Stillness

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:                           Perfect Stillness

BEST ACTOR:    Mathivanan Rajendran (The Lost Audition)

BEST ACTRESS:                  Aswathi Menon (Perfect Stillness)

BEST ACTOR RUNNER-UP:          Rohit Prakash (Perfect Stillness)

BEST ACTRESS RUNNER-UP: Niloofar Farzaneh (No.22)

BEST DIRECTOR:              Sadia Noori (The Others)

BEST SCRIPT:    Clifford Single (Friends and Colleagues)

BEST NEW TALENT:       Sanjit Chakravarty (The secret to making the perfect aloo paratha)


Short+Sweet Bollywood Sydney 2015


Short+Sweet Bollywood is the newest medium to join the Short+Sweet family. Gracing the stage of The Factory's Fusebox in Marrickville, Bollywood will be the first integration of an traditional artform into the Australian festival. Short+Sweet Bollywood will stage around 20 newly devised Bollywood performances, with 10 performances each night, over a single week. A special event of Fast+Fresh Bollywood will also be included on the weekend to showcase kid's performances, eligible for anyone under 18 years. 

For further information or late registrations, email aish@shortandsweet.org


  • ALL performances must be under 10 minutes. 
  • It can be any dance form but the only condition is that the music has to be from a Bollywood film. 
  • The stage space available is angled with 7.8m x 7m downstage and 7m x 4m upstage, this would fit a group up to around 10 people. Please choreograph accordingly.
  • Dance troupes of all nationalities are invited to perform and join in the creative and colourful event that is Bollywood!

Season: 20-22 March 2015 at the Fusebox, The Factory, Marrickville

Variety Performance: Friday 20th March 7:30pm
Programme 1: Saturday 21st March 7:30pm
Programme 2: Saturday 21st March 2:30pm

Performance: Sunday 22 March 1pm

Sunday 22 March 5:30pm

Script submission for Short+Sweet Dubai 2015

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Thursday 6th November 2014

Any script entries received will be considered for:

Short+Sweet Dubai 2015 only

If you wish your play to be considered for all other Short+Sweet Festivals around the world please apply through the 'Submit a Script for Short+Sweet Dubai 2015 and International Festivals'  form.

Please note that the International Festivals submission form has a fee of $20 AUD (approximately 68 AED) but allows your script to be performed in Short+Sweet Festivals around the world.

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Register as an Actor

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Thursday 20th November 2014

Register your interest as an Actor for Short+Sweet Dubai 2015, the biggest little play festival in the world!

Registering as an actor for the Short+Sweet Festival means that you will have the opportunity to audition for all of the festival’s directors at once. We will be producing over 60 plays – your perfect role could be in any one of them!

Registrations close on Thursday November 20. Auditions will be held on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December 2015.

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