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13 Sep 2018 to 21 Oct 2018
4 Oct 2018 to 21 Oct 2018
7 Nov 2018 to 10 Nov 2018
When
Thursday, October 4, 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 (8 Plays)
Week 1 
of Short+Sweet Illawarra will launch at the Harbour Theatre, Shellharbour - home of the Roo Theatre Company. 
PURCHASE WEEK 1 TICKETS HERE

18 - 21 October (11 Plays)
Week 2
will be performed at the Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston - home of the Phoenix Theatre.
PURCHASE WEEK 2 TICKETS HERE

WEEK 1 PREVIEW: CLICK HERE

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RESULTS+REVIEW: WEEK 1
SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA
Harbour Theatre Shellharbour

RESULTS

The results are in, and we are proud to announce the first two plays which have won a spot in our Sydney festival February-March next year.

Judges Choice:
1st Place: THREATENED PANDA FIGHTS BACK
2nd Place: IS THIS A... read more

WEEK 1 | SHORT+SWEET THEATRE ILLAWARRA 2018

4th to 7th October 2018
at the Harbour Theatre - home of the Roo Theatre Company
Addison Street Shellarbour Village

Performances Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm + Sunday at 5:30pm

Short+Sweet – the world’s largest little play festival – launches in the Illawarra... read more

Short+Sweet Illawarra Top 22 Season Announcement

The wait is over, we have selected our full season of twenty-two plays in the first ever Short+Sweet Illawarra, and ticket sales are now open for this historic event for the Wollongong and Shellharbour community.

BUY TICKETS FOR WEEK 1 |... read more

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

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

 

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

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

  1. SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA 


    TOP 20 - WEEK 1

    4th - 7th October 2018


    Harbour Theatre, Shellharbour
    Home of the Roo Theatre Company


     


    THE PLAYS


    HIS MOTHER'S CURTAINS

    written by Diana McLaren (Illawarra)

    directed by Sophie Bentley 

    Cast: Annie May Roberts and Nelson Blattman
    A couple is having a fight about whose parents are worse but there are added tensions boiling beneath.


    DARE

    written and directed by Honora Jenkins (Illawarra)

    presented by Kind Art Ed

    Cast: Mitchell Fahey, Rachel CairncrossEmily Cairncross and Minna Lehman-Kuit 
    Set on the stage in a TV studio, contestants are expected to compete in a new kind of reality game where they are being judged on how true to themselves they can be.

    The problem is, by being themselves they don't conform to the expectations of the game show host.


     


    THREATENED PANDA FIGHTS BACK

    written by Rex McGregor (NZ)

    directed by Cara Severino

    Cast: Kaylee Ashton, Isabella  Whitcher, Flynn Mapplebeck and Patrick Harrison
    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.


    BRAINS

    written by Bernadette Le Mesurier  (Illawarra)

    directed by Robert Bruce 

    Cast: Jon MeakinAndrew Gobran and Ricky Gamble
    Sooner or later in the zombie apocalypse when most of the humans are gone, their brains are going to be hard to find.


    FOR HIRE

    written by Alexander Cuff (Illawarra)

    directed by Sevgi Murphy 

    presented by Lavender Fox Productions

    Cast: Alex Groombridge and Julian Levani
    An assassin is hired to kill their close friend, who also used to be an assassin.


    CRY FOR ME

    written and directed by Pete Malicki (Sydney)

    presented by The Monologue Project

    Cast: Chris Bocchi
    Alicia from Argentina is very proud of her greatest achievement in Australia: she found herself a job as a ‘funeral cryer’. She is paid to cry at funerals to get the sadness rolling.


    TIMESAVERS

    written by Barry Wood (UK)

    directed by Byron Faulkner

    Cast: Abbey McDonald, Jon Meakin
    A new store has opened, offering a unique way to save time - But is it all a scam?


    IS THIS A DREAM

    written by Katrina Samaras (Illawarra)

    directed by Lily Christie Daly 

    Cast: Olivia Harris, Naoise Champion, Lillian Woods, and Annie May Roberts
    Our depressed heroine meets three historical female icons in a dream-like quest for answers to life's big questions.


WEEK 2 - BRIDGE ST THEATRE, Coniston

  1. SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA


    TOP 20 - WEEK 2

    18-21 October 2018


    Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston 
    Home of the Phoenix Theatre Company


    THE PLAYS


    CONTEXT

    written by John C. Davenport (USA)

    directed by Laryssa Sutherton 

    Cast: Zac Chadwick, Bradley Ward, Olivia Harris and Gillian Meers
    The characters involved in a breakup say what's on their minds -- but not to each other.


    THE GODDESS 

    written and Tom Peach (Illawarra)

    directed by Bernadette Le Mesurier

    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.


    WAITING FOR MASTERCHEF 

    written and directed by Will Worthington (Illawarra)

    presented by Eat Will’s Shorts

    Cast: Arthur Gallagher, Bradley Ward and Sophie Bentley
    Three protagonists absorbed in their digital detritus try to find meaning.


    REALITY CHECK BY ELIZABETH 

    written and directed by Annisa Belonogoff (Sydney)

    presented by Warrior Empire Productions

    Cast: Annisa Belonogoff
    Reality Check is a comedy about a single girl trying to navigate her way through the online dating world from home.


    COUNTERPOINTS 

    written by Nicholas Fitzpatrick-Fuller (Illawarra)

    directed by Jarrod Sleiman

    presented by the Phoenix Theatre Company

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


    OH NO A GHOST

    written by James Turnbull (Illawarra)

    directed by Arthur Gallagher 

    Cast: Cara Severino, Sam Lovell and Bryson Grenfell
    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.


    SLOW DATING 

    written by Adam Szudrich (South Coast NSW)

    directed by Lis Shelley (Lochiel NSW)

    presented by Footprint Theatre Inc (Pambula NSW)

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


    SIGN OF THE TIMES 

    written by Crystal Jane (Sydney)

    directed by Andrew Cremen

    presented by Wollongong University Dramatic Society

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


    THE DEATH OF NIGHTSTICK

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

    directed by Sam Sweeting

    presented by Cerberus Theatre Company
    Cast: Alex Groombridge, Justin Clayden, Anna Murphy and Freya Jarret
    Nightstick is the world's greatest superhero... and the actor playing him has gone a little too method...


    A WOMB WITH A VIEW

    written by Rich Orloff (USA)

    directed by Karen Beavis

    Cast: Kiah Sassall, Lily Christie Daly, Samantha Brownlee-Knight, Isabella Whitcher and Abbey McDonald
    Moments before being born, a baby girl has second thoughts about leaving the comfort of her current home.


    FIFTEEN SECONDS

    written by Ken Levine (USA)

    directed by Inga Silfr
    Cast: Zac Chadwick and Naoise Champion
    A young couple make eye contact for the first time and it could change both of their lives.


     


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


    Lighting Designers:
    Nick Lewis (week 1), Corey Potter (week 2)


    Festival Photography by Yobriggityphotography


    Lighting & Sound Operators
    Kane McCarthy and Graeme Downey


    Stage Crew:
    Nat McConchie, Lizzie Giustiniani


     


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 Byron Faulkner
    A new store has opened, offering a unique way to save time - But is it all a scam?


    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 
    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.