Home >> Festivals >> Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra 2019
24 Jan 2020 to 7 Mar 2020
13 Feb 2020 to 26 Apr 2020
Friday, April 26, 2019 to Saturday, May 4, 2019
Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre
Civic Square
Canberra ACT 2600
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Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra 2019

Almost ten years ago, the world's biggest little festival kicked off in the coolest little capital, which grew to become the largest community of performing artists in Canberra, with over 100 people contributing to each festival. The 2019 festival is going to be a celebration of that community.

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, 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.


2019 Performance Dates

All Stars: 26 & 27 7:30pm daily

Top 10: 30 April - 3 May, 7:30pm daily

Gala Final: 4 May, 2:30pm and 7:30pm



The shortlist for the 2019 festival is now out!

These plays have been submitted via the Short+Sweet website and assessed blind (without their writers' names attached) by three anonymous volunteer readers. These readers' scores for each script have been aggregated, and a longlist of almost 90 plays was provided to the local festival director. The festival director then ranked the... read more

This festival doesn't have any active submission

Top 10


    The festival's Top 10 will run from 30 April to 3 May, featuring shortlisted plays that have been selected by our talented directors:


    The Invisible Hitman

       by Judith Peterson


    The Circus Train Wreck

       by Andrea Clardy



       by Gary Luck


    Shopping for Underwear*

       by Harriet Elvin


    The Snow Angel of Antarctica

       by Vicki Connerty 



       by William Orem


    Exit, Pursued by a Bear

       by Daniel Berthon



       by John Robert Lombard


    Womb With a View

       by Rich Orloff



       by Barry Wood


    (plays marked with an asterisk will not be competing in this line up)


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All Stars

  1. The tenth anniversary festival will feature 10 All Stars performances, on stage for two nights on 26 and 27 April. The All Stars plays engage artists who have won accolades over the last decade of Short+Sweet Canberra:



       by Alex Broun 


    Once Upon a Time

       by Joe Bergin 


    Shopping for Underwear

       by Harriet Elvin 


    Huddled Masses

       by Margo Buchanan



       by John Robert Lombard


    The Theatrical Dead

       by Bart Meehan


    Why Would You Bury Your Underwear?

       by Lynn Petersen



       by Greg Gould 


     Don’t Judge Me*

       by Trevar Alan Chilver


    (plays marked with an asterisk will not be competing in this line up)