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22 Jan 2021 to 20 Mar 2021
10 Mar 2021 to 10 Apr 2021
10 May 2021 to 22 Aug 2021
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.

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.


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 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



    Submissions have remained open throughout 2020 and will close for the Sydney 2021 Festival on March 13! Please submit your 10 minute play here to be consdiered for Short+Sweet Sydney 2021. 

    An Independent Theatre Company is simply a group of people who have already chosen and cast their 10 minute play and have a director attached. You do not have to be a professional theatrical organisation. A group of friends that want to present a work together is great! Please submit your ITC application here!


    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. 

    To apply to direct a play for Short+Sweet Sydney, please register here.

    Successful directors will be notified by March 20 and will be sent plays from our shortlist. They must then return to us with their top three preferences by no later than March 27. The highest preference will be allocated wherever possible.

    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. Places for ITC's are limited in the festival. Directors are allowed to direct a maximum of one play in Short+Sweet, unless otherwise granted permission by the Festival Director.


    Actors wishing to audition can prepare a 2 minute monologue and attend our open auditions on the weekend of April 10/11 (VENUE TBC)  You can register here .


Production Team

  1. Mark Cleary | Artistic Director


    Nick Hardcastle | S+S Festival Director 


    Belinda Ling | S+S Festival Producer


    Karen Ways  | S+S Festival Coordinator


    Lydia Kelly | S+S Production Manager 


    Alex Broun | S+S Literary Manager