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19 May 2022 to 26 Jun 2022
28 Aug 2022 to 9 Oct 2022
1 Sep 2022 to 24 Sep 2022
Sunday, August 28, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022
Short+Sweet Theatre (@Tom Mann)
136 Chalmers Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
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Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2022

The biggest little play festival in the world is turning 20 this year in its hometown of Sydney and will be returning to the Tom Mann Theatre in Surry Hills from August 28 - October 9!

Nick Hardcastle returns as Festival Director with Belinda Ling as Festival Producer. After having to reprogram the 2021 festival 5 times due to COVID and associated restrictions in 2021, Nick and Belinda are focusing on a consolidated and elevated event that is a true celebration of the great spirit, legacy and format that everyone loves about Short+Sweet! Oh and there will be cake!

All remaining plays that were invited in to the 2021 festival and were unable to be presented will be automatically invited to appear this year.  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. Our groups this year will be named after some inspring artists who have been members of our Short+Sweet Sydney community and have gone on to continue to inspire us in their respective artistic lives.

SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT by June 17, 2022 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.
With this in mind, in 2021 we created our very first 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.

Your City, Your Stories - YOUR FESTIVAL since 2002!

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's 20th Birthday Festival 2022 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 2022!

Independent Theatre Companies (ITCs) may pitch their ten minute performance using this form. You don't have to be an established organisation - a new collection of creatives can be really exciting! 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 2022!
Auditions will take place in Sydney in a location TBC on July 2 and/or 3.

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... read more

Thank you for your interest in directing for Short+Sweet Sydney 2022!

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

Production Team

  1. Mark Cleary | Artistic Director


    Nick Hardcastle | S+S Festival Director 


    Belinda Ling | S+S Festival Producer beeling@shortandsweet.org Karen Ways  | S+S Festival Coordinator Karen.ways@shortandsweet.org

    Libby Bramble | S+S Regional Literary Manager: NSW





  1. KEY DATES - 2022


    March 30, 2022 - SUBMISSIONS OPEN!


    June 17, 2022  - round 1 submissions and registrations close for scripts, Directors and ITC's - plays will be allocated to first round directors.


    June 31, 2022 - Actor Auditions subissions close


    July 9/10 - Actor’s Auditions in Sydney location TBC


    Sunday the 28th of August 2022 - 20th Birthday Launch event 


    2022 Festival begins with Week one tech on Monday the 29th of August. 


    Week beginning 29/8 Groups A/B

    Week beginning 5/9 Groups C/D

    Week beginning 12/9 Groups E/F

    Week beginning17/9 Groups G/H

    Week beginning 26/9 WEEK OFF - LONG WEEKEND

    Week beginning 3/10 FINALS WEEK 


    Gala Final Sunday October 9.