Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2021
*Please note that all dates are subject to change.
SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED TO REGISTER AS A DIRECTOR, AND SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT OR IDEPENDENT THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION!
YOU STILL HAVE UNTIL APRIL 7 TO REGISTER AS AN ACTOR FOR OUR AUDITIONS.
The biggest little play festival in the world is now entering its 20th year in its hometown of Sydney and will be returning to the Tom Mann Theatre in Surry Hills from May 10 until August 22!
Helmed by Festival Director, Nick Hardcastle, who has recently returned from Los Angeles where he ran Short+Sweet Hollywood's most exciting, diverse and successful program yet in 2019, this year's festival promises to bring some wonderful new changes while honouring the great spirit, legacy and format that everyone loves about Short+Sweet!
This year is a particularly special year as we finally return to the theatre to turn back on the lights and share our stories after having to cut our 2020 festival 'SHORT', leaving theatres being blacked out due to the Global Pandemic.
Throughout the pandemic, we have been encouraging people around the World to use this time to write their great 10 minute story - Finally, here is their chance to share it on our stage, where it belongs!
We will kick off the festival this year with a week of 'hindsight' when we present the best plays from the 5 weeks of the 2020 festival. This will culminate in a special 'Best of the Fest' evening on Sunday May 16.
All remaining plays that were invited in to the 2020 festival and were yet to be presented will be automatically invited to appear this year. Any of the writers, directors and actors that had participated in the first five weeks of the 2020 festival will be welcome to submit another work in the 2021 festival! There will be NO WILDCARDS this year. Everyone who is accepted in the Festival will be programmed in competition and will be guaranteed two evenings and one matinee performance.
"To ensure that we have the opportunity to see the full breadth of our community here in Sydney represented on stage, I am building a Diversity and Inclusion Programming Team. Everyone on this team will be asked to engage with specific community groups of writers, directors and actors to make sure that those artists have an opportunity to participate in the festival and that their stories can be shared. Whether they be diversely abled, BIPOC, new immigrants, LGBTQ+, have English as a second language or are elderly - I want anyone that might think that there isn't a place for them in the open English language program of Short+Sweet, to know that we have room for them and want them to be seen and heard," says FD Nick Hardcastle.
Our message to you is that this is: ‘Your COMMUNITY, Your STORY, Your VOICE, Your FESTIVAL!'
To find out more or to apply to join our D&I Committee, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Short+Sweet presents a unique opportunity to sponsors and partners to reach thousands of people over a extended period. With in theatre activations, on screen loops, outdoor signage, verbal acknowledgements, merchandise, a printed festival brochure, special events, prize giving opportunities and an endless array of bespoke collaborations possible - now is the time to get your brand or company involved with our incredibly engaged community!
To request a sponsorship and partnerships proposal, contact email@example.com
If you have a passion for the theatre and would like to be a part of our great team then REGISTER HERE! 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 look forward to welcoming our community back to share Short+Sweet Sydney 2021 with us at the Tom Mann Theatre, 136 Chalmers Street Surry Hills.
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Thank you for your interest in submitting an independent production for Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2021!
SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!
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... read more
Thank you for your interest in directing for Short+Sweet Sydney 2021!
We welcome directors from all walks of life, from professional directors to enthusiastic first timers. Everyone will be given consideration. You'll be asked to submit a cv or any relevant information to us.
If you are selected as a director, you will be sent all the relevant information regarding selecting your... read more
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
SUBMISSIONS AND REGISTRATIONS
ATTENTION WRITERS AND INDEPENDENT THEATRE COMPANIES (ITC'S)!
WRITER SUBMISSIONS FOR 2021 HAVE NOW CLOSED
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!
2021 ITC SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
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.
DIRECTOR SUBMISSIONS FOR 2021 ARE NOW CLOSED
Successful directors will be notified by April 4 and will be sent plays from our shortlist. They must then return to us with their top three preferences by no later than April 11. 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.
Registrations are now closed however for those who have missed the registration window, you are welcome to join us on the weekend of April 10 at The Concourse Chatswood from 12.30pm as a walk up auditionee. Please note that registered auditionees will be seen first.
Actors wishing to audition can prepare a 2-minute monologue. (A second round of auditions may be added at a later date)
Karen Ways | S+S Festival Coordinator
Ryan Tate | S+S Production Manager
Alex Broun | S+S Literary Manager
SCHEDULING - *PLEASE NOTE EXTENSION TO DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION
WRITERS - Submissions will close for the Sydney 2021 Festival on March 31!
ITC's - Submissions close March 31
DIRECTORS notified by April 4
ACTORS audition on April 10/11 (TBC)
This year, plays will be programmed into groups named after one of Sydney's iconic Beaches. Those groups will then each perform on two evenings and one matinee performance. There are no 'Wildcards'. All entries are in competition.
Typical Weekly schedule
Monday Group 1 Tech,
Tuesday Group 2 Tech,
Wednesday both groups dress Group 1 - 7pm, Group 2 - 9pm
Thursday 7:30pm Group 1
Friday 7:30pm Group 2
Saturday 2pm Group 2
Saturday 7:30pm Group 1
Sunday 2pm Group 1
Sunday 6pm Group 2
*WB = 'Week Beginning'
WB May 10 - 2020 Hindsight Week!
Sun May 16 2pm: 2020 Judges Final
Sun May 16 6pm: 'HINDSIGHT 2020Gala Final’.
WEEK BEGINNING MAY 17 - 2021 COMPETITION BEGINS
1. WB May 17
Monday BONDI Tech,
Tuesday MANLY Tech,
Wednesday both groups dress: BONDI 7pm, MANLY 9pm
Thursday 7:30pm BONDI
Friday 7:30pm MANLY
Saturday 2pm MANLY
Saturday 7:30pm BONDI
Sunday 2pm BONDI
Sunday 6pm MANLY
2. WB MAY 24
Monday COOGEE Tech,
Tuesday NEWPORT Tech,
Wednesday both groups dress: COOGEE 7pm, NEWPORT 9pm
Thursday 7:30pm COOGEE
Friday 7:30pm NEWPORT
Saturday 2pm NEWPORT
Saturday 7:30pm COOGEE
Sunday 2pm COOGEE
Sunday 6pm NEWPORT
WB MAY 31 WEEK OFF
3. WB JUNE 7
Monday BRONTE Tech,
Tuesday FAIRLIGHT Tech,
Wednesday both groups dress: BRONTE 7pm, FAIRLIGHT 9pm
Thursday 7:30pm BRONTE
Friday 7:30pm FAIRLIGHT
Saturday 2pm FAIRLIGHT
Saturday 7:30pm BRONTE
Sunday 2pm BRONTE
Sunday 6pm FAIRLIGHT
4. WB JUNE 14
Monday CRONULLA Tech,
Tuesday AVALON Tech,
Wednesday both groups dress: CRONULLA 7pm, AVALON 9pm
Thursday 7:30pm CRONULLA
Friday 7:30pm AVALON
Saturday 2pm CRONULLA
Saturday 7:30pm AVALON
Sunday 2pm CRONULLA
Sunday 6pm AVALON
5. WB JUNE 21
Monday TAMARAMA Tech,
Tuesday CURL CURL Tech,
Wednesday both groups dress: TAMARAMA 7pm, CURL CURL 9pm
Thursday 7:30pm TAMARAMA
Friday 7:30pm CURL CURL
Saturday 2pm CURL CURL
Saturday 7:30pm TAMARAMA
Sunday 2pm TAMARAMA
Sunday 6pm CURL CURL
WB JUNE 28 WEEK OFF
WB JULY 5 - SPECIAL EVENTS TBC
6. WB JULY 12
Monday MALABAR Tech,
Tuesday BALMORAL Tech,
Wednesday both groups dress: MALABAR 7pm, BALMORAL 9pm
Thursday 7:30pm MALABAR
Friday 7:30pm BALMORAL
Saturday 2pm BALMORAL
Saturday 7:30pm MALABAR
Sunday 2pm MALABAR
Sunday 6pm BALMORAL
7. WB JULY 19
Monday MAROUBRA Tech,
Tuesday NARRABEEN Tech,
Wednesday both groups dress: MAROUBRA 7pm, NARRABEEN 9pm
Thursday 7:30pm MAROUBRA
Friday 7:30pm NARRABEEN
Saturday 2pm NARRABEEN
Saturday 7:30pm MAROUBRA
Sunday 2pm MAROUBRA
Sunday 6pm NARRABEEN
8. WB JULY 26
Monday CLOVELLY Tech,
Tuesday PALM Tech,
Wednesday both groups dress: CLOVELLY 7pm, PALM 9pm
Thursday 7:30pm CLOVELLY
Friday 7:30pm PALM
Saturday 2pm PALM
Saturday 7:30pm CLOVELLY
Sunday 2pm CLOVELLY
Sunday 6pm PALM
9. WB AUGUST 2. - WEEK OFF
10. WB AUGUST 9 - SEMI FINALS WEEK.
Monday CREW CUT SEMI Tech,
Tuesday JUDGES CHOICE SEMI Tech,
Wednesday PEOPLE’S CHOICE SEMI Tech
Thursday 7:30pm CREW CUT SEMI 1
Friday 7:30pm JUDGE’S CHOICE SEMI 1
Saturday 2pm PEOPLE’S CHOICE SEMI 1
Saturday 7:30pm PEOPLE’S CHOICE SEMI 2
Sunday 2pm CREW CUT SEMI 2
Sunday 6pm JUDGES CHOICE SEMI 2
FRIDAY AUGUST 20 TO SUNDAY AUGUST 22 - FINALS