Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra 2018
Short+Sweet has been running in Canberra since 2009, and this has grown to become a major event for the city’s artistic community. Each year over 100 people contribute to the festival over two weeks at the Canberra Theatre Centre, making this the largest annual collaboration of performing artists in the national capital.
As an open access festival, Short+Sweet Canberra brings together a broad range of artists. Professional performing artists work alongside talented enthusiasts, and artists with more experience and expertise in other artforms. And most importantly, it brings new audiences into the theatre as friends and family members of participants attend performances and recognise their own potential to participate.
Short+Sweet Canberra is at once local and eclectic. Plays are submitted from all over the world, and the festival director shortlists approximately half of the festival’s content from local writers, and half from interstate and overseas. Most actors and directors who participate come from Canberra, many travel from the capital region, and the festival has also welcomed actors and directors from Sydney and Melbourne.
Short+Sweet Canberra enjoys the support of Canberra Theatre Centre and Ainslie Gorman Arts Centres, without which, we couldn't stage this great festival each year.
The Short+Sweet family is committed to building a more creative world, 10 minutes at a time. The platform provides an accessible and enjoyable theatrical experience to individuals from all walks of life, and gives them the opportunity to connect with creatives from all over the world.
2018 Performance Dates
Top 20 Week 1: 17-20 April, 7:30pm daily
Wildcards: 21 April, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Top 20 Week 2: 24-27 April, 7:30pm daily
Gala Final: 28 April, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
The competition has been tough at Short+Sweet's week 1... but we have results!
1st place: The Hold Up
2nd place: A Letter to Harold
3rd place TIE: Drink Water, Act Your Age & One Night Stan
1st place: The Hold Up
2nd place: The Last Cuppa
3rd place:... read more
This festival doesn't have any active submission
Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra runs for two weeks at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Between 40 and 50 ten minute plays are shortlisted by the Festival Director, and Directors select from the shortlist to curate the festival. Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra has three components:
The Top 20 is a showcase of the best works in the festival. These plays are presented in groups of 10, specifically Top 20 Week 1, and Top 20 Week 2. A position in the main season is often given to the more experienced Directors and stronger ITCs, though a director with less experience may be scheduled in this season as an opportunity to up skill if the Festival Director deems their work at a high enough standard.
At the conclusion of each Top 20 week, the top 2 judges’ choices and the top 2 people’s choices are announced and entered into the Gala Final.
Wildcards are – unofficially – the side season of a Short+Sweet festival. Wildcards plays are performed twice on the Saturday in the middle of the festival. A position in the Wildcards is offered to plays that present a more niche interest or a higher level of risk than those in the Top 20.
The Wildcards can be seen as a developmental opportunity for Directors and Writers. Often the quality of Wildcards plays will be comparable to main season plays. They tend to attract large and enthusiastic audiences.
The biggest difference technically is that Wildcards plays are not allowed any lighting changes. There is no time in the schedule to allow programming of the lighting board.
At the conclusion of the Wildcards performances, the judges’ and people’s top choices are announced and entered into the Gala Final.
The Gala Final is a showcase of the best works from your festival. Each of the Top 20 weeks’ programs will contribute 4 plays, and the Wildcards will contribute 2 more plays. The Festival Director may also choose to add an eleventh play.
Technically, Gala Finals productions and main season productions are the same. There is no time to make any changes to lighting or other aspects of your play, as there is only a technical rehearsal.
At the conclusion of the Gala Final, judges cast their votes for Best Play, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Script, and the audience cast their votes for their favourite two plays.
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Key Dates and Deadlines
2018 Festival Deadlines
Script Submissions close 15 December 2017
Independent Theatre Company expressions of interest close 15 January 2018
Directors must register online and submit their script preferences to the festival director by 4 February 2018
Auditions will be held on 11 February 2018 (registrations for auditions will open in January 2018)
Directors' casting deadline is 28 February 2018
Directors' tech specs deadline is 15 March 2018
For writers who want some spark for their creative juices, we have just what you need.
Short+Sweet Canberra's writing workshop will be held 13-15 October at Gorman House. The process is pretty straightforward: you come on Friday evening, and get your creative juices flowing. Then you stay up all night, or rest up and sit up all day Saturday to write a first draft of your script, or maybe even a second. And then on Sunday, you come back, hand your script to some actors, and see it come to life for the first time.
Your workshop leader will provide you with some written feedback on your script, but more importantly, you will get an idea of just how your words will work on stage.
The workshop will be led by Trevar Alan Chilver, Short+Sweet Canberra's festival director, who has been writing for Short+Sweet since the festival was new. His plays have been performed in festivals in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Hollywood and London, and he brings a wealth of experience to the table, to help you let your creativity shine. This workshop has been made possible by the generous support of Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centres.
To sign up for the workshop, use this form.
The following scripts have been shortlisted, and will be made available to directors for selection:
Altered Expectation by Suzy Wilds
Apollo George and the 27 Club by Nathaniel Young
Breath on My Neck by Sally Bartley
The Choir Needs to Get Rid of Trevor by John Lombard
Come Die with Me by Victoria Connerty
The Crumbling Memory of Tom Moore by Anton Baggerman
Dad’s Vision by B. V. Marshall
Don’t Call Me Cupid by Jonathan Crook
Dummy by Jude Bridge
End of the Rope by Nancy Hopps
The Eulogy by Kel Vance
Famous Last Words by Gregory Crafts
Fractured by Chris DiGiovanni
George Brown Steps Out by Gerry Greenland
HMS Headwind by Michael Shapiro
Home News by Tom Jensen
The Hook-Up by Ken Levine
How to Write a Ten Minute Play, The Ten Minute Play by Pete Malicki
The Human Touch by David Vazdauskas
I Love Lucy by Bara Swain
It’s the Law by Geraldine Colson
The Jump by Paulene Turner
Keeping Annabelle by Rachel Welch
Knots by Robert Moulthrop
Late Night Pizza by Frank Leggett
Night Moves by Ellen Davis Sullivan
One for the Money by Clayton Zane Comber
Playing with Fired by Steven Hayet
The Problem of Philosophy by Wendy Dunn
Procrastination by Allan West
Resist by Andrew Parker
The Saint by Scott Lummer
Statistically Speaking by Greg Gould
Switching Tracks by Deanna Alisa Ableser
T-3 Trojan by Judith Duncan
Together by Michael Sams
True to You by Nicky Denovan
Walked Over by Graham Yates
The Wedding Night Tweets by Daniel Guyton
Workplace Wellness by Kate Jaimet
Please note that this shortlist includes only plays submitted by the writer. These scripts will be made available to directors.
Independent Theatre Company (ITC) submissions are not listed here and will be considered separately.