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24 Jan 2019 to 9 Mar 2019
7 Feb 2019 to 27 Apr 2019
23 Apr 2019 to 4 May 2019
Tuesday, April 23, 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

Top 20 Week 1: 23 April - 26 April, 7:30pm daily

Top 20 Week 2: 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

Festival Structure

  1. Festival Structure

    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:


    Top 20

    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.


    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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Social Media

  1. Social Media

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Key Dates

  1. 2019 Festival Deadlines

    Script Submissions close 15 December 2018

    Directors must register online by 31 January 2019

    Independent Theatre Company expressions of interest close 31 January 2019

    Actors must register for an audition by 31 January 2019 (Auditions will be held on 9 & 10 February 2019)

    Directors' casting deadline is 24 February 2019

    Directors' tech specs deadline is TBA