Home >> Festivals >> Short+Sweet Theatre Illawarra 2021
10 May 2021 to 22 Aug 2021
16 Jun 2021 to 18 Jun 2021
When
Thursday, July 15, 2021 to Sunday, August 1, 2021
Where
Bridge Street Theatre
Bridge Street
Coniston NSW 2500
Australia
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Short+Sweet Theatre Illawarra 2021

Wollongong's contribution to the world's largest short play festival Short+Sweet returns for its third season of locally produced ten-minute theatre. Our Top-20 Illawarra directors will each bring an original script to life, with a mix of locally submitted plays and the very best of our international script entries.

We will have two programs, each featuring ten plays which will be staged at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston, home of the Phoenix Theatre Company.
 

SEASON DATES

Week 1 | 15th to 18th July  
Week 2 | 29th July to 1st August 

We will be limiting advance ticket sales to 50% capacity until two weeks from the opening performance. Further tickets will be released depending on NSW regulation during the COVID pandemic. Ticket sales will be open soon.
 

SUBMISSIONS

Please see our sub-menus below for detailed information how to get involved in Short+Sweet Illawarra

Script Submissions | CLOSED
Director Submissions | OPEN (limited places remaining)
Actor Registrations | OPEN  (closes 29th April)
ITC (Group) Submissions | OPEN  (limited places remaining)

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If you have any questions please contact Executive Producer Luke Berman - luke.berman@shortandsweet.org

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Theatre is back, and we are looking for actors to take the stage in the return of Short+Sweet Theatre Illawarra - Wollongong's contribution to the world's largest little-play festival.

It doesn't matter how old you are, what your cultural background is, your shape or size - with over 20 plays being performed, odds are there will be a role for you!

Short-form theatre is a... read more

Registrations are now open for new and experienced directors to take the helm of one of our shortlisted local and international scripts for Short+Sweet Illawarra 2021.

Directing for Short+Sweet is a fantastic opportunity for new directors to gain experience in producing short-form theatre. It is... read more

Want to submit a script and your own director? Do you have a team of actors ready to go? Submit your group submission, and apply directly to Short+Sweet Illawarra.

ITC entries are perfect for established theatre groups to get involved with Short+Sweet Illawarra and showcase their brand. However, you don't have to be an established organisation - you can form your own group just for the... read more

WRITERS

  1. SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS


    Script submissions have closed for Short+Sweet Illawarra 2021.


    Writers can also choose to submit an Independent Theatre Company submission, meaning you can nominate your own director to produce your script and even your own actors! Your ITC could be an established theatre entity or a single group project brought together just for the festival. You are required to nominate a script and a director for an ITC project, actors can be included in your application or ITC directors may cast their play from the Short+Sweet Open Auditions.


    There is no fee for submitting an ITC production. We will consider ITC applications until our season is filled to capacity.


DIRECTORS

  1. Director Registrations are Closed, however, we will consider director applications until our season is filled to capacity.


    Click here to register as a director.


    Directing for Short+Sweet is a fantastic opportunity for new directors to gain experience in producing short-form theatre. It is also a perfect opportunity for established directors to take a risk and try something new.


    As director, you would be responsible for selecting your play out of the shortlisted scripts. You will cast your play from the Short+Sweet auditions and guide your actors through rehearsals and make sure they are ready to perform. While ensuring you are staying true to the artistic vision and intent of the writer, you will be trusted to bring a script to life with your unique vision and leadership. 


    What's involved?



    • + Apply to direct by completing the registration form, there is no fee to apply to direct for Short+Sweet Illawarra

    • + If you are selected, you will read through all our shortlisted scripts from local and international entrants and nominate your script preferences

    • + You will be allocated a script and will be introduced to your writer. 

    • + Your first duty is to respect the intent of the writer while bringing your own experience, style, and vision to bring the script to life

    • + Cast your actors from our open auditions

    • + Secure a rehearsal space, and prepare your play for performance

    • + You will decide your set, props, costume, and lighting/sound

    • + You will be responsible for liaising with the Festival Director and provide rehearsal updates throughout the rehearsal period and attend production meetings


    Directing for Short+Sweet Illawarra is more than just sitting in the director's chair, it is an opportunity to get a crash course in producing your own projects from the ground up, with the advantage of having the support of the Short+Sweet production team. 


    Mentorship is available to assist new directors.


     Click here to register as a director.


GROUPS (Independent Theatre Companies)

  1. Want to submit a script and your own director? Do you have a team of actors ready to go? Submit your group submission, and apply directly to Short+Sweet Illawarra.


    ITC entries are perfect for established theatre groups to get involved with Short+Sweet Illawarra and showcase their brand. However, you don't have to be an established organisation - you can form your own group just for the festival.


    There is no fee for submitting an ITC production. We will consider ITC applications until our season is filled to capacity.


    What you need



    • + A ten-minute script or conceptual pitch

    • + A director

    • + Actors (optional, ITC directors can cast from our Open Auditions)


    There is no fee to submit your ITC to Short+Sweet Illawarra, however, your script will not be considered for our international festivals. Writers of ITC productions can choose to also submit their script to the international script pool (a $20 fee will be required per script submission.)


    Our Festival Director will select successful ITC productions in consultation with our Illawarra Literary Manager.


    CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ITC ENTRY


Short+Sweet Illawarra Team

  1. Luke Berman | Executive Producer, Festival Director | luke.berman@shortandsweet.org


    Tom Peach | Illawarra Literary Manager | literary@blackboxtheatre.org


    Michael Cremona | Production Manager | michael@blackboxtheatre.org


    Lisa Murray | Business Development Manager | business@blackboxtheatre.org


     


    INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE


    Mark Cleary | Artistic Director

    Alex Broun | International Literary Manager

     


ACTORS

  1. Theatre is back, and we are looking for actors to take the stage in the return of Short+Sweet Theatre Illawarra - Wollongong's contribution to the world's largest little-play festival.


    It doesn't matter how old you are, what your cultural background is, your shape or size - with over 20 plays being performed, odds are there will be a role for you!


    For more information about auditions, and to register as an actor - click here!


FESTIVAL TIMELINE

  1. 16 March             Actor registrations open


    31 March             Script-Only Submissions Close (Sydney and Illawarra)

                                Director Submissions close (Round 1 of 2)


    30 April                ITC Registrations close


    1 - 2 May             AUDITIONS


    15 July                Performance Week 1                


    29 July                Performance Week 2


    3 - 11 Sep           Short+Sweet Illawarra Film Festival