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2 Oct 2018 to 21 Oct 2018
24 Jan 2019 to 9 Mar 2019
25 Jan 2019 to 26 Jan 2019
When
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 to Sunday, October 21, 2018
Where
Harbour Theatre Shellharbour (Home of the Roo Theatre Co.) &
Bridge St Theatre Coniston (Home of the Phoenix Theatre Co.)
Coniston NSW 2500
Australia
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SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA 2018

In the place where the mountains meet the sea, Short+Sweet Illawarra launches its inaugural season of ten-minute plays with a top 20 season at two venues in the Wollongong region in 2018. The Illawarra is an untapped theatre heartland, boasting hundreds of actors, writers and directors. The Illawarra supports a vibrant community theatre scene second to none in regional Australia.

With a focus on regional artist development, Short+Sweet will look at providing a pathway for regional emerging artists to have their work seen by the wider theatre community, as well as contribute to the region’s diversity in its performing arts community.

 

2018 Performance Season - Top 20

4 - 7 October (10 Plays)
Week 1 
of Short+Sweet Illawarra will launch at the Harbour Theatre, Shellharbour - home of the Roo Theatre Company. 

18 - 21 October (10 Plays)
Week 2
will be performed at the Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston - home of the Phoenix Theatre.

 

Current Submissions & Registrations

ACTORS - Auditions Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August.  Register here.

Production Team Applications Open - We are looking for people to join our production team. If you would like to get involved in our crew (Stage Crew, Lighting/Sound Operators, Front of House, Administration) please email luke.berman@shortandsweet.org

Need to get your study production hours up? Production students encouraged to get involved.

Director and ITC Submissions Closed, however, please email luke.berman@shortandsweet.org to confirm.

Script Submissions have closed.

 

Principal Festival Partners

We are excited to announce another batch of shows that will form the Top-20 season of short plays at the inaugural Short+Sweet Illawarra.

Congratulations to our new writers and our new directors!

 

A WOMB WITH A VIEW
written by Rich Orloff (USA)
directed by Karen Beavis
Moments before being born, a... read more

We are proud to announce the first batch of plays that will light up the stage at the very first Short+Sweet Illawarra – the newest addition to the world’s largest little play festival.

The first plays to make the cut are our Independent Theatre Company’s, which come from both established and brand new theatre groups in the Illawarra, and as far down the coast as Pambula!

It is... read more

 

FINAL CALL: Script and ITC Submissions

SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA

Submissions close 11:59 pm Thursday 31st May 2018

Time is running out to be a part of the Illawarra's inaugural season of ten-minute plays as part of Short+Sweet: The world's biggest little play festival. If your play is shortlisted, it will be available to be selected... read more

We are excited to open registrations for Illawarra theatre directors to take on a ten minutes script and turn it into a quality piece of theatre.

Successful directors will be responsible to guide their actors through their rehearsal process and liaise with Short+Sweet to make sure your play has the support it needs to produce in the festival. Successful directors will read a batch of... read more

Submissions are now open for local community and independent theatre companies to submit a script, including director and actors to be considered for the inaugural Short+Sweet Illawarra season in October.

You don't need to be an established theatre group to submit an ITC entry, even a loose collection of creatives is fine by us. All we ask is that your play is no more than ten minutes... read more

 

AUDITIONS: SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA 2018

We are looking for actors to register to audition for the newest member of World's Largest Short Play Festival: Short+Sweet Illawarra. It doesn't matter how old you are, what your cultural background is, or your shape or size - with over 20 plays being performed, odds are there will be a role for you!

Auditions will... read more

DIRECTOR REGISTRATION: SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA

Registrations are now open for new and experienced directors to take the helm of one of our shortlisted local and international scripts at the very first Short+Sweet Illawarra.

As director you would be responsible for... read more

Thank you for your interest in submitting an independent production for Short+Sweet Theatre Illawarra 2018! Independent Theatre Companies (ITC) may pitch their ten-minute performance using this form.

Submitting as an Independent Theatre Company entry into Short+Sweet Illawarra gives a group of local artists the chance to submit not only a script for consideration, but be able to work... read more

SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA

Direct Script Submission

If you would like to submit your ten-minute script for Short+Sweet Illawarra direct, please complete the form below. Applying directly means you would like to have a short play you have written submitted for performance at Short+Sweet Illawarra 2018. Writers can submit more than one play for... read more

Script Submissions Open

Short+Sweet Illawarra is currently taking scripts for its inaugural season of ten-minute theatre on NSW's South Coast. Short+Sweet Illawarra will launch with a Top 20 season over two weeks in October this year. 

Writers from Illawarra and South coast are encouraged to submit, as we are looking to have strong local representation amongst... read more

WEEK 1 - HARBOUR THEATRE, Shellharbour

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    TOP 20 - WEEK 1

    2nd - 7th October 2018


    Harbour Theatre, Shellharbour
    Home of the Roo Theatre Company


WEEK 2 - BRIDGE ST THEATRE, Coniston

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    TOP 20 - WEEK 2

    16-21 October 2018


    Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston 
    Home of the Phoenix Theatre Company


     


Our Team

  1. Luke Berman  

    Executive Producer, Festival Director 

    luke.berman@shortandsweet.org


    James Turnbull 

    Head Stage Manager, Festival Photography
    and Graphic Design 
    james@blackboxtheatre.org


    Production Assistants:
    Monica Kickert, Ashton Neylon, Graeme Downey.


    Want to join our team?

    Email luke.berman@shortandsweet.org your CV and details on how you would most like to get involved behind the scenes.


Top 20

  1. IS THIS A DREAM

    written by Katrina Samaras (Illawarra)

    directed by Lily Christie Daly 
    Our depressed heroine meets three historical female icons in a dream-like quest for answers to life's big questions.


    THE DEATH OF NIGHTSTICK

    written by Alexander Cuff, Sam Lovell and Jarrod Sleiman (Illawarra)

    directed by Sam Sweeting

    presented by Cerberus Theatre Company
    Nightstick is the world's greatest superhero... and the actor playing him has gone a little too method...


    THREATENED PANDA STRIKES BACK

    written by Rex McGregor (NZ)

    directed by Cara Severino
    As the World Wildlife Fund’s poster boy for endangered animals, Ling enjoys a comfortable life full of adulation and all the bamboo he can eat. But when a rival species challenges him for the role, he risks losing everything.


    SLOW DATING 

    written by Adam Szudrich

    directed by Lis Shelley (Lochiel NSW)

    presented by Footprint Theatre Inc (Pambula NSW)

    Starring Penelope Hunt
    70-something happily married Ester drops in to a 'speed dating' event for seniors that leads her to make a difficult decision.


    REALITY CHECK BY ELIZABETH 

    written and directed by Annisa Belonogoff

    presented by Warrior Empire Productions
    Reality Check is a comedy about a single girl trying to navigate her way through the online dating world from home.


    OH NO A GHOST

    written by James Turnbull (Illawarra)

    directed by Arthur Gallagher 
    Being a real estate agent is hard, especially when the house you’re trying to sell is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a murder victim.


    CONTEXT

    written by John C. Davenport (USA)

    directed by Laryssa Sutherton 
    The characters involved in a breakup say what's on their minds -- but not to each other.


    FOR HIRE

    written by Alexander Cuff (Illawarra)

    directed by Sevgi Murphy 
    An assassin is hired to kill their close friend, who also used to be an assassin.


    A WOMB WITH A VIEW

    written by Rich Orloff (USA)

    directed by Karen Beavis
    Moments before being born, a baby girl has second thoughts about leaving the comfort of her current home.


    THE GODDESS 

    written and Tom Peach (Illawarra)

    directed by Jay Duncan

    presented by duGarde 
    Thalia and Sharon were BFFs at school, then Sharon married Thalia's father. Now he's dead and they must write his epitaph.


    TIMESAVERS

    written by Barry Wood (UK)

    directed by Jaymes Julian Brashears
    A new store has opened, offering a unique way to save time - But is it all a scam?


    120 WORDS PER MINUTE 

    written and directed by Trevar Alan Chilver (Canberra)

    presented by Big Burley Fish
    Richie's never found it easy picking a secretary, but today the perfect woman has walked in his door uninvited.


    COUNTERPOINTS 

    written by Nicholas Fitzpatrick-Fuller (Illawarra)

    directed by Jarrod Sleiman

    presented by the Phoenix Theatre Company

    Starring Oscar Baker, Kiah Sassall and Cameron Johnstone
    Our ‘hero’, Mike introduces his Commie-Atheist brother, Jack to his girlfriend over dinner-with messy results!


    BRAINS

    written by Bernadette Le Mesurier  (Illawarra)

    directed by Robert Bruce 
    Sooner or later in the zombie apocalypse when most of the humans are gone, their brains are going to be hard to find.


    HIS MOTHER'S CURTAINS

    written by Diana McLaren (Illawarra)

    directed by Sophie Bentley 
    A couple is having a fight about whose parents are worse but there are added tensions boiling beneath.


    SIGN OF THE TIMES 

    written by Crystal Jane

    directed by Andrew Cremen

    presented by Wollongong University Dramatic Society

    Starring Andrew Cremen, Elise Vohradsky, Jai Szwec and Courtney Rutherford
    Six people reflect on an incident on the train the day before where a tradie called an Islamic girl a terrorist.


    WAITING FOR MASTERCHEF 

    written and directed by Will Worthington

    presented by Eat Will’s Shorts
    Three protagonists absorbed in their digital detritus try to find meaning.


    MISS

    written by Martha Russell and Cara Irvine

    directed by Cara Irvine
    Winner Festival Director's Choice, Short+Sweet Canberra

    Starring Martha Russell, Thomas Adams-Walker, Chelsea Hall, Declan Florance and Cara Irvine.
    Being a teacher is hard. It’s like being the ringmaster for a circus that you didn’t know you were in.


    REALITY SNAP

    written by Emily Oates and Ella Everett

    directed by Emily Oates and Billie Harris
    Jacy is fed up with every day being the same. Returning home from yet another terrible day she makes a wish to change the monotony of her life and the burden of responsibility. Her wish is unexpectedly granted as she is thrust into an alternate universe, and has to figure out a way to get home.