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17 Jan 2020 to 1 Feb 2020
24 Jan 2020 to 7 Mar 2020
13 Feb 2020 to 26 Apr 2020
Thursday, February 13, 2020 to Sunday, April 26, 2020
Short+Sweet Theatre (@Tom Mann)
136 Chalmers Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
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Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2020

The biggest little play festival in the world is now entering its 19th year in its hometown of Sydney and will be returning to the Tom Mann Theatre in Surry Hills from Feb 14 to April 19 2020.
We will be returning once again with a smorgasbord of 10-minute plays to delight your tastebuds, with hundreds of talented actors, writers and directors showcasing their skills and bringing you a wonderful season of short theatre.

This year's categories include the Top 80, Under 25’s, Women’s Week and LGBTQ Theatre. 

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. The festival multiplies participants' raw and creative energy, with different ensembles, directors and writers exchanging ideas, learning from each other and providing creative inspiration.


Registrations for Short+Sweet festivals are open to returning, established and first-time directors; open to anyone who is interested in having a go. Directors are able to choose from all shortlisted scripts for their local festival, and are encouraged to communicate with their Writers throughout the process. 
To register as a Director Click Here


If you are an ITC (Independent Theatre Company) you may direct and act in your own plays. Directors are allowed to direct a maximum of one play in Short+Sweet, unless otherwise granted permission by the Festival Director. Submissions 1st November 2019. 
To register as an ITC Click Here



Audition registrations are open! Click Here to register as an actor. Registrations close 11:59pm 15 November
Auditions will take place on November 24
Venue: Village @ AMPA | 4/85 O'Riordan St, Alexandria


If you have a passion for the theatre and would like to be a part of a great team then send an email to sarah.purdue@shortandsweet.org. We have roles waiting for you behind the scenes in production, props,  front of house, sponsorship and more!!! We’d love to hear from you!

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!

We look forward to welcoming writers, directors and performers to share the 2020 Short+Sweet Sydney Festival seasons at the Tom Mann Theatre, 136 Chalmers Street Surrey Hills.

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Thank you for your interest in performing in the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival Sydney 2020!

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

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

 Before registering, please check the key festival... read more

Thank you for your interest in submitting an independent production for Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2020!

Independent Theatre Companies (ITCs) may pitch their ten minute performance using this form. You don't have to be an established organisation - even a loose collection of creatives is fine by us. This form allows you to tell us what you want to do, and we'll use the information you... read more

Thank you for your interest in directing for Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2020!

We welcome directors from all walks of life, from professional directors to enthusiastic amateurs. Everyone will be given consideration.

If you are selected as a director, you will be sent all the relevant information regarding selecting your script in due course. Before registering, please check the... read more

Festival Timeline




    October 11 | Closing date for script entries

    October 25 | Writers notified of shortlist

    November 1 | Closing date for Directors and ITCs

    November 8 | Directors and ITCs selected and notified

    November 15 | Actor registrations close
    November 24  | Auditions - 11am - 12pm  / 1.30pm - 3.30pm / 4pm - 6pm 

    February 1 | Festival Launch 8pm 


    Performance Season:


    WEEK 1 | 13 - 16 February 

    WEEK 2 | 20 - 23 February (LGTBQ week

    WEEK 3 | 27 February - 1 March

    WEEK 4 | 5 - 8 March  (Women’s Week) 

    WEEK 5 | 12 - 15  March 

    WEEK 6 | 19 - 22 March 

    WEEK 7 | 26 - 29 March

    WEEK 8 | 2 - 5 April

    EASTER WEEKEND - 9 -12 April  NO SHOWS

    FINALS WEEK 17-18-19 April



Production Team

  1. Mark Cleary | Artistic Director

    Sarah Purdue | S+S Festival Director 

    Lydia Kelly | S+S Production Manager 

    Alyssa Gillgren S+S Director's Co-ordinator 

    Olga Tamara | DA (temporary position)

    Alex Broun | S+S Literary Manager  

    Luke Berman | Website Support