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18 Jun 2018 to 1 Jul 2018
18 Jun 2018 to 1 Jul 2018
2 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2018
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 to Sunday, October 21, 2018
Harbour Theatre Shellharbour (Home of the Roo Theatre Co.) &
Bridge St Theatre Coniston (Home of the Phoenix Theatre Co.)
Coniston NSW 2500
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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.

Script submissions are open, to submit your script click on the Script Submissions link above. You can also submit as an Independent Theatre Company, meaning you can submit not only a script - but you can choose your own creative team including director and actors!


2018 Performance Season - Top 20

2 - 7 October
Week 1
of Short+Sweet Illawarra will launch at the Harbour Theatre, Shellharbour - home of the Roo Theatre Company. 

16 - 21 October
Week 2
will be performed at the Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston - home of the Phoenix Theatre.


Current Submissions & Registrations

Script Submissions are currently open until 31st May 2018. Submit Globally or direct to Illawarra.

ITC Submissions are currently open until 31st May 2018. Submit here.

Director Submissions currently open.  Submit here.

Actor Registrations Opening June 2018.

Principal Festival Partners

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


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



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!

The dates of... 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


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

Thank you for your interest in being one of our directors for Short+Sweet Illawarra. 

Illawarra directors can apply to stage one of the shortlisted scripts from local and international writers, and cast actors from the Short+Sweet Illawarra open auditions.

Experienced directors are encouraged to apply, however ten minute theatre is a great way to wear the director’s hat for your... 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


    TOP 20 - WEEK 1

    2nd - 7th October 2018

    Harbour Theatre, Shellharbour
    Home of the Roo Theatre Company



    TOP 20 - WEEK 2

    16-21 October 2018

    Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston 
    Home of the Phoenix Theatre Company


Our Team

  1. Enquiries regarding the festival can be sent to luke.berman@shortandsweet.org

    Executive Producer / Festival Director - Luke Berman

    Production Manager / Stage Manager - Monica Kickert

    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.

Key Dates + Deadlines

  1. 2018 Festival Key Dates and Deadlines

    Script Submissions close 31 May 2018

    Independent Theatre Company Submission close 31 May 2018

    Director Submissions Open

    Actor Registration opens May 2018

    Open Auditions 14 - 22 July 2018

    Short+Sweet Illawarra Launch 2 June 2018