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25 Nov 2021 to 4 Dec 2021
13 Jan 2022 to 12 Mar 2022
9 May 2022 to 26 Jun 2022
When
Sunday, May 16, 2021 to Sunday, August 22, 2021
Where
Short+Sweet Theatre (@Tom Mann)
136 Chalmers Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Australia
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Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2021

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*Please note that all dates are subject to change.

ROUND 2 SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

Due to the number of 2020 plays that were not able to join us in this years program, we have a limited number of slots for Round 2 submissions in this year's festival program! If you were unable to get your ITC submission in on time or register as a director before the Round 1 Deadline - then NOW IS YOUR CHANCE to be a part of Short+Sweet Sydney 2021! Applications are open now until JUNE 15 for these slots in specific July and August dates. We will also hold additional Round 2 Auditions for actors wuth date and time to be annouced. Actors are welcome to send in Self tapes to beeling@shortandsweet.org

TO REGISTER AS A ROUND 2 DIRECTOR CLICK HERE!

TO REGISTER YOUR ROUND 2 ITC CLICK HERE!

TO SUBMIT FOR OUR ROUND 2 ACTING AUDITIONS CLICK HERE!

 

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.

Short+Sweet is, at its heart, a community and professional development, cultural event. It is a wonderful opportunity 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.
 
With this in mind we are creating a DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

"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 nick.hardcastle@shortandsweet.org

SPONSORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIPS

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 nick.hardcastle@shortandsweet.org

VOLUNTEERS

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 performing in the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival Sydney 2021!

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 2021!

ROUND 2 SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL JUNE 15.

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... read more

Thank you for your interest in directing for Short+Sweet Sydney 2021!

ROUND 2 DIRECTOR SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL JUNE 15, 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... read more

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

Thank you for your interest in performing in the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival Sydney 2021!

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

Join our team and volunteer at Short+Sweet Sydney 2021! Front of House, stage management, hospitality, programming, sponosorships and partnerships - whatever your interest, we'd love to welcome you!
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SUBMISSIONS AND REGISTRATIONS

  1. 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 ROUND 2 ITC SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL JUNE 15


    ATTENTION DIRECTORS!


    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 OPEN UNTIL JUNE 15!


    Successful Round 1 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.


    Round 2 Submissions will be notified by June 17, 2021.


    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.


    ATTENTION ACTORS


    Registrations are now closed however for those who have missed the registration window, you are welcome to send us a self tape


    Actors wishing to audition can prepare a 2-minute monologue and email the self tape to beeling@shortandsweet.org


Production Team

  1. Mark Cleary | Artistic Director

    mark@shortandsweet.org

    Nick Hardcastle | S+S Festival Director 

    nick.hardcastle@shortandsweet.org

    Belinda Ling | S+S Festival Producer


    beeling@shortandsweet.org


    Karen Ways  | S+S Festival Coordinator

    Karen.ways@shortandsweet.org


    Alex Broun | S+S Literary Manager  

    alexbrouninla@gmail.com

     


     


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

  1. SCHEDULING - *PLEASE NOTE EXTENSION TO DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION


    WRITERS - Submissions will close for the Sydney 2021 Festival on March 31!


    ITC's - Round 2 Submissions close June 15


    DIRECTORS notified by June 17


    ACTORS audition on April 10/11 (TBC) Self tapes accepted after this date.


     


    This year, plays will be programmed into groups named after one of Sydney's iconic Beaches. BUT ALL PERFORMANCES TAKE PLACE AT THE TOM MANN THEATRE IN SURRY HILLS.


    Each group performs on two evenings and one matinee performance. There are no 'Wildcards'. All entries are in competition.


     


    Typical Weekly schedule


    Monday Group 1 Tech, 6pm - 11pm


    Tuesday Group 2 Tech, 6pm - 11pm


    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/MANLY


    Friday 7:30pm BONDI/MANLY


    Saturday 7:30pm BONDI/MANLY


    Sunday 2pm BONDI/MANLY


     


    SHOW PROGRAM


    THE RATINGS GAME Written and Directed by Wendy Crewe

    MISSING YOU Writen by Simon Tonkin, Directed by Mary Middleton

    DIARY OF MARILYN Written and Directed by Debbie Neilson

    I WAS FINE UNTIL YOU CAME IN THE ROOM Written by Rich Orloff, Directed by Kym Vaitiekus

    THE SEAGULL Writte by Fran Bowick, Directed by Jeff Tabley

    LULLABY Written by Joe Bergin, Directed by Veena Sudarshan

    TWISTED LADDER Written by Pauline Bleach, Directed by Gabriela Loza

    EXPECTATIONS Written by.Jennifer O'Grady , Directed by Harriet McKern

    DATING THROUGH THE DECADES Written by Ken Levin, Directed by Gina Cohen


     


    2.  WB MAY 24


    Monday COOGEE Tech, 


    Tuesday NEWPORT Tech, 


    Wednesday both groups dress: COOGEE 7pm, NEWPORT 9pm


    Thursday 7:30pm COOGEE/NEWPORT


    Friday 7:30pm COOGEE/NEWPORT


    Saturday 2pm COOGEE/NEWPORT


    Saturday 7:30pm COOGEE/NEWPORT


    Sunday 2pm COOGEE/NEWPORT


     


    SHOW PROGRAM


    THE WOLF WITHIN  Written and Directed by Lisa Kelaher 

    THE FORGOTTEN PLACE Written by Jeff Locker, Directed by Garreth Cruickshank

    EMPTY ESKY Written and Directed by Taufeeq Ahmed

    THE CIRCLE Written and Directed by Guy Davies

    FIGGY Written by Tom Peach and Directed by Dana Lowe

    SWEET, HE Written by Jeff Locker, Directed by Danny Barton

    SHOPPING FOR LOVE Written and Directed by Jonathon Solomon

    GEMINI- Written by Stephen Larkman, Directed by Kathleen Hrayssi

    LIFE FINDS A WAY Written by Pete Greenaway, Directed by Margaret Fitzgerald

    SMART GIRLS Written by Amanda Schumacher, Directed by Sascha Green

    A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PSYCHOPATH Written and Directed by Pat Brennan


     


    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


     


    SHOW PROGRAM


    BRONTE


    HOW TO HEAL Written by Natalie Calavas, Directed by Suzy Devery

    LIFE LESSONS Written by Steve Wheat, Directed by Sari Simpson

    HOW TO WRITE A PRIZEWINNING PLAY IN TEN MINUTES OR LESS Written by Ian Robinson, Directed by Jo Bradley

    LA 8AM Written by Mark Harvey Levine, Directed by Angela Blake

    ARMCHAIR CRITIC Written by Nicky Denovan, Directed by Felix Carlyle

    KINDLING Written and Directed by Tommy James Green


     


    FAIRLIGHT


    AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION Written and Directed by Andrew Thomson

    SALSA DANCING Written by Natasha Yim, Directed by Elizabeth Munro

    BOGBODIES Written by Annabel Webster, Directed by Guillermo Martin Sepulveda

    CLUE IN THE LIBRARY Written by Steven Hayet, Directed by Emma Carolina-Wolf 

    FRIENDSHIP Written and Directed by Bar Silberstein

    YOU WON'T BELIEVE Written and Directed by Frank Leggett

    TWO PSYCHICS MEET ON TINDER Written by Adam Szudrich, Directed by Gina Cohen


     


    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 AVALON


    Saturday 7:30pm CRONULLA


    Sunday 2pm CRONULLA


    Sunday 6pm AVALON


     


    SHOW PROGRAM


    CRONULLA


    AFTERWARDS Written by Karl Miller , Directed by Sara Elizabeth Joyce

    IN FARCE Written by Steven Bucko, Directed by Alexandra Davies

    RIYA Written and Directed by Ruth Fingret

    THE GRAVE YARD SHIFT Written by Catherine McKernan Doris, Directed by Zoe Harvey

    ONE IS THE ROAD Written by Mark Loewenstern, Directed by Kate Wooden

    ACCOUNTANT FROM HELL Written by Barry Wood, Directed by Amelia Gilday

    WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW Written by Suzanne Hauser, Directed by Thulitha Senevirathne

    ALFIE & GRETA Written by David Hopes, Directed by Emily Haydon


     


    AVALON


    SWEETHEARTS Written by Sophie Irvine, Directed by Olga Tamara

    FALLOUT Written by Greg Gould, Directed by Trudy Ritchie

    UNREQUITED Written and Directed by Sarah Quartly

    WHAT'S THAT SMELL? Written and Directed by Jyotsna Jyoti

    THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE Written by Alex Broun, Directed by Tegan Ware

    PLANES Written by Wendy Gough Soroka, Directed by Isabel Zakharova

    THE METAPHOR Written and Directed by Carol Dance

    ICE CREAM Written by Kath Haling, Directed by Tim Mannering


     


    SEE THE BELOW SCHEDULE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE FESTIVAL IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT COVID LOCKDOWN.


    *PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS SCHEDULE IS ALSO SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN RESPONSE TO ANY FURTHER RESTRICTIONS THAT MAY BE INTRODUCED.


     


    Week Commencing August 30 CLOVELLY & PALM BEACH:


    CLOVELLY        


    Monday August 30 - Tech rehearsal


    Wednesday September 1 - Dress rehearsal (Session 1: 6.30pm to 9pm)


    Thursday September 2 - Show 1 (evening) 7:30pm


    Saturday September 4 - Show  2 (evening) 8pm


    Sunday September 5 - Show 3 (matinee) 2pm


    PALM BEACH     


    Tuesday August 31 - Tech rehearsal


    Wednesday September 1 - Dress rehearsal (Session 2: 8.30pm to 11pm)


    Friday September 3 DARK


    Saturday September 4 - Show 1 (matinee) 1pm


    Saturday September 4 - Show 2 (early evening) 5pm


    Sunday September 5 - Show 3 (evening) 6pm


    Week Commencing September 6 - MALABAR & BALMORAL:


    MALABAR        


    Monday September 6 - Tech rehearsal


    Wednesday September 8 - Dress rehearsal (Session 1: 6.30pm to 9pm)


    Thursday September 9 - Show 1 (evening) 7:30pm


    Saturday September 11 - Show 2 (evening) 7:30pm


    Sunday September 12 - Show 3 (matinee) 2pm


    BALMORAL        


    Tuesday September 7 - Tech rehearsal


    Wednesday September 8 - Dress rehearsal (Session 2: 8.30pm to 11pm)


    Friday September 10 - Show 1 (evening) 7:30pm


    Saturday September 11 - Show 2 (matinee) 2pm


    Sunday September 12 - Show 3 (evening) 6pm


    Week Commencing September 13 -  FINALS WEEK & GALA - *DETAILS SUBJECT TO CHANGE


    SHORT+SWEET FILM FESTIVAL Mon September 13  - Thursday September 16.


    Friday September 17 7:30pm - Judges Choice Final, 


    Saturday September 18, 2pm - Crew Cut Final,


    Saturday September 18, 7:30pm - People's Choice Final


    Sunday September 19, 2pm FINAL


    Sunday September 19, 6pm - GALA FINAL and Presentation.


     


SHOWS BY WEEK. SUNDAY MAY 16. HINDSIGHT 2020 FINALS

  1. SHORT+SWEET SYDNEY HINDSIGHT 2020 FINAL PROGRAM


    1. MUM’S THE WORD


    “Two singles are brought together for a blind date, thanks to the ongoing efforts of their well-intentioned mothers.


    Written by John & Kay Longhurst

    Directed by Steven Tait


    CAST


    Kate – Ally O’Brien

    David – Nathan Moss


    2. THE END IS NIGHY


    “A struggling actor decides to confront his agent about his lack of work.”


    Written by Frances Bowick


    Directed by Gina Cohen


    Nighy Productions


    CAST


    Mr Nighy – Steve Tait


    Actor – Jeremy Godwin


    3. THE TEA PARTY FOR SAD PEOPLE


    “Hello and welcome to The Tea Party For Sad People. Coffee?”


    Written by Cathy Friend


    Directed by Jeremy Lowrencev


    Ümbr Productions


    CAST

    Ziva – Zoe Arden


    Joy – Ashleigh Hermann


    Jill – Julia Pennisi

    Lavender – Joss Chalmers


    4. NOW WE ARE TEN


    “Abigail has decided to save her sister and to hell with the consequences.”


    Written & Directed by


    Frank Leggett


    CAST


    Abigail – Miranda Michalowski


    5. SUPERPOSITION*


    “Superposition... what the feck is that?!”


    Written by Clifford Keen


    Directed by Andrew Ramage


    & Lana Jean Hill


    Druth' Theatre Collective


    CAST

    Mime #1 – Andrew Ramage

    Mime #2 – Lana Jean Hill


    6. LOVE ME TINDER


    “Is it all just dick pics and hook ups or could one of these profiles be the one?”


    Written by Melinda Jensen


    Directed by Stephanie Reeves


    Act IV Theatre Co


    CAST


    Woman – Melinda Jensen

    Man #12 – Steve Stojcevski

    Various Men – Mark Wilson

    Various Men – David Hodgkins


    7. RENTALS


    “Becoming a father changes a man forever.”


    Written by Gregory Hardigan


    Directed by Frank Leggett


    CAST


    Dad 1 – Chris Price


    Dad 2 – Clayton Moss


    Dad 3 – Danny Barton


    8. ANTISOCIAL MEDIA


    “Sarah is fun, popular and “living her best life” online 24x7. What could possibly go wrong?”


    Written by Julie Barnett

    Directed by Peter Gizariotis


    CAST

    Sarah – Cris Bocchi


    Facebook – David Loney

    Twitter – Peter Gizariotis


    9. TRAPPED


    “Two friends come together in an emergency only to realise their whole life is being watched from the outside.”


    Written by Barry Wood


    Directed by Lachlan McWilliam


    CAST


    Faye – Gemma-May Bowles


    Claire – Yvonne Dallman


    Zombie – Don Ferguson