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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
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 to Sunday, March 9, 2014
King Street Theatre
Crn King & Bray Sts
Newtown NSW 2042
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Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2014

Short+Sweet Sydney is the largest festival of 10 minute plays in the world!

Our lucky number thirteen Short+Sweet Sydney theatre festival is nearing an end, with our Gala Finals and Variety Gala remaining. We showcased 160+ brand new plays from Australian and international writers, put together by the best up-and-coming and established directors and performed by veteran actors and fresh new talent. The Gala Final is the best 12 plays from the sseason held at Seymour Centre's York Theatre.


With the main season over, we just have our prestigious Gala Finals remaining. This is truly the best 10 minute theatre event in the world, with the top 12 plays from our season of 160+.

Short+Sweet Theatre Gala Finals: Fri 21 Mar, 7:30pm - the best of S+S Theatre

This show features the Judges' Choice winner from each week, the equal winners of the People's Choice vote and the two winners of the Wildcards season.

You can read more about the Theatre Gala plays here.

Short+Sweet Variety Gala: Sat 22 Mar, 7:30pm - the best of S+S Theatre, Dance AND Cabaret all in one show!

You can read more about the Variety Gala acts here.


TICKETS to both Gala shows here.


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Prizes And Sponsors



    Short+Sweet Sydney offers the following awards during our Gala Finals:

    Best Actor
    Best Actress
    Best Script
    The Sam Genocchio Award for Best Director
    The Short+Sweet Award for Best Production
    Best Newcomer – Male
    Best Newcomer – Female
    Overall People’s Choice Winner
    Overall Wildcards Winner


    Best Director – $5,000 cash, courtesy of the Genocchio family

    Gala Finalists – will receive video footage of their Finals performances, courtesy of Third Tree Creatives
    Gala Finalists – each production wins a double-pass to a production by The Monologue Project.

    More prizes will be announced much closer to the season.


    A special thank you to the following partners for their valuable support of Short+Sweet Theatre:

    Brand Partner

    City Hub
    Marrickville City Council

    Third Tree Creatives
    The Monologue Project

    We are always interested to hear from potential partners.

    Relationships can range from rehearsal spaces, advertising opportunities, printing through to volunteering.

    If the Festival inspires you please contact us to discuss how you can become involved. Email Mark Cleary or phone 02 9519 5081.


  1. Short+Sweet Sydney is offering a Series of FREE Masterclasses to our participants and supporters. These are held weekly at King Street Theatre (formerly Newtown Theatre) on Thursday nights during our festival, from 5:30pm-6:45pm. 

    The Masterclasses are a series of professional workshops presented by industry leaders across a range of disciplines including Writing, Directing, Acting, Casting and Producing. There is no need to register - feel free to turn up on one of the allocated days/times and enjoy hearing from Sydney's theatre experts!

    Directing Masterclass - with Lex Marinos

    Thu 20th Feb 2014, 5:30pm-6:45pm

    Lex is known on television for Kingswood Country, and recently, The Slap and has appeared in many local drama and comedy productions. As a director, Lex has worked in all media, including films An Indecent Obsession, television series Bodyline (also co-writer), Embassy, A Country Practice, plus documentaries. Lex was Director of Carnivale, NSW’s multicultural arts festival, and also directed one of the segments of the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony. He was awarded OAM for services to the performing arts, and a Centenary of Federation medal.

    Publicity Masterclass - with Geoff Sirmai

    Thu 27th Feb 2014, 5:30pm-6:45pm

    Geoff Sirmai, director of Sirmai Arts Marketing (formerly Watchdog Communications) is a communications guru with 25 years’ media experience. A former consumer advocate and journalist/presenter/reporter across all media - including ABC TV and radio, Channel 7, Choice magazine and the Sunday Telegraph - he also boasts a professional performing arts background that includes hundreds of stage, screen and concert platform appearances. Geoff brings to his work a unique appreciation of arts publicity 'from both sides of the footlights'. 


    Join the Short+Sweet Sydney mailing list by emailing pete@shortandsweet.org with “Sydney Subscribe” in the subject line.


Shortlisted Scripts

  1. The shortlist for Short+Sweet Sydney 2014 is below. Congratulations to all writers made the list. We had over 800 entries this year and the competition was quite strong. Directors choose their scripts from the shortlist and successful scripts will be included in our festival.

    Black Coffee Deanna Ableser USA

    All For Nought Angus Algie ACT

    Terminal Journey Jessica Anderson Canada

    The Bridge Jessica Anderson Canada

    Magnetic Mark Andrew VIC

    Choice Angeline Andrews NSW

    Pip Robert Armstrong NSW

    Where You’d Least Expect. Aroha Awarau NZ

    Dead Spot Jill Baggett NSW

    The Soldier And The Vampire Kate Bain NSW

    Hot Air Jeffrey Baker USA

    I Do Peter Bloem NSW

    Baby Talk David Bofinger NSW

    Outside The Box Dan Borengasser USA

    Clown Camp Dan Borengasser USA

    The Third Person Dan Borengasser USA

    Neither A Borrower… Martin Boyle NSW

    Point of Entry Lauren Bradley VIC

    Mum’s Army Jasmine Brammer VIC

    Theater In The Red Joan Broadman USA

    Flight Alex Broun NSW

    Sacred Profane Kirsty Budding ACT

    Keeping Up Appearances Bridgette Burton VIC

    The Violin Player Rosa C QLD

    Sissy, Sweet Sissy Rosa C QLD

    Wrong Decision? Felix Carlyle NSW

    A Changed Man Glyn Carter UK

    A Suburban Limerick Sharen Chant NSW

    To Protect Lyn Chick NSW

    Abel C. Mann, Processed Offshore Trevar Chilver ACT

    Jimmy And Cook Trevar Chilver ACT

    The Ice Age Sue Clennell WA

    Ten Years Therese Cloonan VIC

    Ankles Michael Collins WA

    This Land Deborah Cooke NSW

    Meeting At The Bus Stop Nance Cookson NSW

    Advanced Michael Cooper USA

    Bad Thing Mark Cornell USA

    Half of Nothing Judy Couttie QLD

    Sex At The Jensen’s House Stuart Crafton USA

    The Speech Kevin Craig Canada

    Tail Chaser Jodi Cramond NSW

    And What A Damn Fine Morning It Is Trace CrawfordUSA

    Written In Stone Evan Croker ACT

    One Wedding and a Betrayal Susan Cullen WA

    Unveiled J. Thalia Cunningham USA

    The Last Supper J. Thalia Cunningham USA

    Maid Of Conviction Suzan D VIC

    The Fence Coralie Daniels ACT

    Mrs Boardman Widens Her Horizons Frank DavidsonNSW

    Blabbermouth Cerise de Gelder VIC

    The Loop Craig Delahoy NSW

    The Breaking Of BethleHam Craig Delahoy NSW

    I Swear I’m Not Gay But Craig Delahoy NSW

    Ask Not For Whom The Post Is Liked Craig DeLanceyUSA

    The Peach Alex Dremann USA

    The Problem Of Philosophy Wendy J. Dunn VIC

    Agenda Item 7(a) Carolyn Eccles NSW

    The Lilac Ticket C.J. Ehrlich USA

    Not A Blind Bit of Notice Bronwyn Elsmore NZ

    Elements Inc. Jessica Fallico NSW

    Goodbye April Angie Farrow NZ

    The Blue Balloon Angie Farrow NZ

    Under A Starry Sky Kelvin Fawdrey UK

    What Are You Selling? Sam Floyd VIC

    Inoperable Sam Floyd VIC

    Normal Christine Foster Canada

    First To The Egg Colette Freedman USA

    The High Road Seth Freeman USA

    The Grade Seth Freeman USA

    Home Again Dee Gargano QLD

    Eternity Elan Garonzik USA

    Gyroscope Juliette Gillies NSW

    Why He Is Avoiding You Karl Gorman VIC

    Eight Minutes Keith Gow VIC

    Jim Richard Graham NSW

    A Family Affair Richard Graham NSW

    Pazuzu Goes To The Mall Dan Green USA

    Shelter Pete Greenaway NSW

    The Good Man Mark Grzic NSW

    Diabolical James Hazelden VIC

    Harassment Michael Heming NSW

    Awkward Margaret Hickey VIC

    Life Lines Donna Hoke USA

    The Crash Abby Howells NZ

    Bendigo Banjo Sails The Day Paul Hutchison ACT

    Tending To Other Things Susan Jackson USA

    Dust And Shadows Maryanne Jaques NSW

    Man in a Jam Julia Jarel WA

    A Life-Changing Experience Tom Jensen UK

    Baggage Tom Jensen UK

    Something From Nothing Lynn-Steven Johanson USA

    I Have A Plan – The Battle For Canberra Hal JudgeACT

    Great Expectations In The Office Of Nostalgia Hilary King USA

    Guided By Voices Mark Konik ACT

    Tall Tale Steve Koppman USA

    Drones William Kovacsik Singapore

    The Apartment Peter Lavelle NSW

    Anjelica Frank Leggett NSW

    A Leading Role Beverley Lello VIC

    Enter Mac, DS John Levine USA

    Turning Tables Michael Lill NSW

    Terra Nullius Michael Lill NSW

    Here to Serve You Barbara Lindsay USA

    Therapist John Lombard ACT

    Apples Jacqueline Lord QLD

    The Debacles Of Gardening Jacqueline Lord QLD

    Real Beauty Tilly Lunken UK

    The Antichrist Cometh David MacGregor USA

    The Great Adventure Damian Madden NSW

    The Sunburnt Country Camilla Maxwell USA

    Lock Up Your Chaperone Rex McGregor NZ

    Dueling Judges Rex McGregor NZ

    Level 2 Mike McRae ACT

    Table For One Stephanie Merriman NSW

    Powerful Negative Loop Amanda Mihalakopoulos VIC

    Late For School Iain Moss Malaysia

    The Bet Bill Munro NSW

    The Waiting Room Chris Naylor NSW

    Oh! India… Cindy Neilson NSW

    Super Mermaid Swee San Ng Singapore

    Animal Heads Dan Nixon VIC

    Walking Shadow Matthew O’Sullivan VIC

    Murder Plot Matthew O’Sullivan VIC

    Justice Dona Parise NSW

    Christmas Eve, Many Years From Now Martha Patterson USA

    The Women’s Room Sarah Pember QLD

    Irish Stew Cary Pepper USA

    Plane Crazy Kathy Petrakis NSW

    Vanity Insanity Ruth Pieloor ACT

    Family Business Kay Poiro USA

    Tree House L. Elizabeth Powers USA

    From The Cradle To The Brave Angela Ready QLD

    Dog Eared Robert Renshaw NSW

    Scene One-Twenty-Two Bokkie Robertson NSW

    Help Desk Support Lee Robinson NSW

    Lower Left Quadrant Colin Rock NZ

    No Clue In The Title Colin Rock NZ

    Casey & Adam Maggie Rose USA

    Backsliding Earl T. Roske USA

    Entitled Carmen Saarelaht VIC

    God’s Little Joke Don Sanderson QLD

    The Moon Boy Sara Seal VIC

    Sarcophagus James Searle NSW

    Fourteen Ami-Lou Sharpe UK

    Variety Pack Bruce Shearer VIC

    I Petition You Lauren Sherritt QLD

    The Bra In The Car Heidi Silberman ACT

    Re-Imagined Sasha Siljanovic NSW

    Indignitas Jonathan Skinner UK

    Kinked Julie Smith NSW

    Hot Chick Goes Out For A Duck Marna Smith NSW

    Don’t Trifle With The Law Daan Spijer VIC

    Have You Seen My Pussy Daan Spijer VIC

    OMG Michael Stang USA

    Severely Underage Michael Stang USA

    Maroon By Day Ivan J. Sumelj NSW

    The Writer, The Snail And The Baby Licker Adam Szudrich NSW

    Stargazers Toby Teh Malaysia

    Rock A Bye Baby Erin Thompson UK

    Loving in the Park John Tilbrook VIC

    Escapees John Tilbrook VIC

    Recycled John Tilbrook VIC

    Jonno John Tilbrook VIC

    Bringing Work Home Simon Tonkin NSW

    The Colour Peter Tucker NSW

    Dry Erase BJ’s Brian Walker USA

    Diversity Ashley Walker NSW

    What’s In A Name Katrina Walker NSW

    She’s (Almost) Dead Michelle Wallace VIC

    Moments Jeremy Wang Singapore

    The Cell Ryan Watson WA

    Off The Plan Pamela Western VIC

    Gates Of Heaven Kathryn Wood Canada

    The Unbearable Grandeur of Fame’s Sweet EmbraceGrant Woolley NSW

    The Rabbit Trap Graham Yates NSW

    Gene Genie Graham Yates NSW