Home >> Festivals >> Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2021
22 Jan 2021 to 20 Mar 2021
10 Mar 2021 to 10 Apr 2021
10 May 2021 to 22 Aug 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021 to Sunday, August 22, 2021
Short+Sweet Theatre (@Tom Mann)
136 Chalmers Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Connect with this festival

Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2021

*Please note that all dates are subject to change.

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 19.

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.

You can submit your play until March 13 - here!

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.

"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


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


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. 

#shortandsweet #turnonthelights #sssydney2021

This festival hasn't posted any news articles yet.


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... read more

Thank you for your interest in submitting an independent production for Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2021!

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 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... 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!
... 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



    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  





  1. SCHEDULING - *All dates are subject to change

    WRITERS - Submissions will close for the Sydney 2021 Festival on March 13!

    ITC's - Submissions close March 20

    DIRECTORS notified by March 20

    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! 

    Mon, Bump in, Tue - Thu Tech/Dress, 

    Fri 7:30pm Semi Fina 1l, 

    Sat 7:30pm Semi Final 2

    Sun 6pm ‘Gala Final’.





    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




    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






    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





    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