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15 Feb 2024 to 5 May 2024
10 May 2024 to 16 Jun 2024
1 Jun 2024 to 3 Aug 2024
Thursday, September 7, 2023 to Saturday, September 23, 2023
The Billericay Theatre
34 Radford Way
CM12 0DX
United Kingdom
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Short+Sweet Theatre Essex 2023

The biggest little play festival in the world is back again in Essex. After last years amazing festival, Short+Sweet Essex Theatre will be held at The Billericay theatre 7th - 23rd September 2023. 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. It is a unique opportunity for emerging, developing and established artists to increase their skills of creation and performance. 
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 invite writers and ITC's to submit a script and directors to register. 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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Film entries

  1. Please go to our Film freeway page for more information on the film Festival and to upload your film




    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


    To register as a director please click here

Independant Theatre Companies

  1. Register as an ITC

    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



  1. Actors

    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. 

    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



  1. To submit a 10 minute script please click here  https://shortandsweet.org/form/script-entries-shortsweet-theatre-2023-24