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1 Jun 2024 to 3 Aug 2024
29 Aug 2024 to 22 Sep 2024
5 Sep 2024 to 29 Sep 2024
Monday, September 28, 2020 to Sunday, October 11, 2020
Brentwood Theatre
15 Shenfield Road
United Kingdom
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Short+Sweet Theatre Essex 2020

The biggest little play festival in the world is now coming to the UK and the first ever Short+Sweet theatre festival will be held in Essex in October 2020. Short+Sweet will showcase a variety of 10-minute plays to delight your tastebuds, with talented actors, writers and directors showcasing their skills and bringing you a wonderful season of short theatre. 

Our vision is simple – a more creative world 10 minutes at a time! 


We are inviting all writers to create a 10-minute script, all directors to direct a 10-minute play and of course, all actors to perform in our 10-minute play festival. Independent theatre companies are also invited to enter. Short+Sweet is a global festival brand, presenting highly successful theatre and film festivals around the world at no cost to the participants. It is a unique opportunity for emerging, developing and established artists to increase their skills of creation and performance. 

To register, please click on the following:

Directors : https://form.jotform.com/201024196042038

Actors : https://form.jotform.com/201023826535044

ITC’s: https://form.jotform.com/201024759807052

Writers: https://form.jotform.com/200942788958069

The Short+Sweet festival is a wonderful tool for writers, directors and actors who want to share their voice and talent in a professional environment and venue. Its goal is to become a powerful tool for diversity in the entertainment industry, as well as providing a way to discover new or established local talent by engaging more people in the live theatre experience.  

We are now inviting all writers to submit a script, whether you are established or first-time, it is open to anyone who wants to have a go. There are no limits to the creativity or content of your scripts, only that it can be performed in 10 minutes or under.   

If you have a passion for the theatre and would like to be a part of a great team we have roles waiting for you behind the scenes in production, props,  front of house, sponsorship and more! We also have some amazing opportunities for partnership and sponsorship. So, if you and your organisation would like to get involved then please let us know - we'd love to hear from you! 

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  1. We welcome professional and enthusiastic amateurs’ actors alike. Everyone will be given consideration.

    Before registering, please check the key festival dates and make sure you’ll be available. This festival is a commitment and you need to make sure you have the time and passion to participate. 

    Auditions will be taking place in July sometime, however, due to the current crisis we are unable to give you a definite date. We will of course keep you updated.

    If you are selected as an actor, you will be contacted by the director of one of the plays you have been selected for.

    To register your interest as an actor please click here

Script Submissions

  1. Script Submission

    To submit your script please click here - there is a small fee of $20 AUD (approx. £10 GBP) per script submitted. Writers can submit more than one play for consideration.

    Scripts will be assessed by a panel of judges, then the highest rated scripts will be shortlisted and made available for our directors to choose to direct at Short+Sweet Essex 2021.

    We do not restrict the content of your ten-minute theatre vision. We simply require your play to run less than ten minutes.

     Closing Date for script submissions: June 25th 2021


    Terms and Conditions 

    For the full Terms and Conditions of submitting a script to Short+Sweet, please see below. Please read carefully before submitting! Any entry which does not comply with the Terms and Conditions will be deemed ineligible.  

    Of particular note: DO NOT write the authors name anywhere on scripts. This enables judging to be anonymous when selecting the final plays for the festival.  

    If you want to submit more than one script, please fill in a separate form for each submission you want to send. 


  1. Registrations for Short+Sweet festivals are open every year to returning, established and first-time directors. Short+Sweet is the perfect opportunity for actors, writers or anyone to try directing for the first time. Directors are able to choose from all shortlisted scripts for their local festival, and are encouraged to communicate with their Writers throughout the process. 

    Directors cannot act in their own play unless they enter the production as an ITC (Independent Theatre Company) which is where the play, Director and cast are all already attached and submit directly to the Festival Director. Directors are allowed to direct a maximum of one play in Short+Sweet, unless otherwise granted permission by the Festival Director.

    To register as a director please click here

ITC Registrations

  1. To register as an ITC (Independent Theatre Company), we want you to sell us the idea for your show. What makes it unique? And why is your team perfectly suited? 

    In your registration, we ask that you include a script or concept – this can just be a one-page pitch if no script is available yet.

    To register as an ITC please click here