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Ten new plays selected for Short+Sweet Illawarra

We are excited to announce another batch of shows that will form the Top-20 season of short plays at the inaugural Short+Sweet Illawarra.

Congratulations to our new writers and our new directors!

 

A WOMB WITH A VIEW
written by Rich Orloff (USA)
directed by Karen Beavis
Moments before being born, a baby girl has second thoughts about leaving the comfort of her current home.

THREATENED PANDA STRIKES BACK
written by Rex McGregor (NZ)
directed by Cara Severino
As the World Wildlife Fund’s poster boy for endangered animals, Ling enjoys a comfortable life full of adulation and all the bamboo he can eat. But when a rival species challenges him for the role, he risks losing everything.

OH NO A GHOST
written by James Turnbull (Illawarra)
directed by Arthur Gallagher 
Being a real estate agent is hard, especially when the house you’re trying to sell is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a murder victim.

CONTEXT
written by John C. Davenport (USA)
directed by Laryssa Sutherton 
The characters involved in a breakup say what's on their minds -- but not to each other.

FOR HIRE
written by Alexander Cuff (Illawarra)
directed by Sevgi Murphy 
An assassin is hired to kill their close friend, who also used to be an assassin.

IS THIS A DREAM
written by Katrina Samaras (Illawarra)
directed by Lily Christie Daly 
Our depressed heroine meets three historical female icons in a dream-like quest for answers to life's big questions.

BRAINS
written by Bernadette Le Mesurier  (Illawarra)
directed by Robert Bruce 
Sooner or later in the zombie apocalypse when most of the humans are gone, their brains are going to be hard to find.

HIS MOTHER'S CURTAINS
written by Diana McLaren (Illawarra)
directed by Sophie Bentley 
A couple is having a fight about whose parents are worse but there are added tensions boiling beneath.

TIMESAVERS
written by Barry Wood (UK)
directed by Jaymes Julian Brashears
A new store has opened, offering a unique way to save time - But is it all a scam?

We would also like to welcome another ITC production into the mix! Trevar Chilvar’s play will be the second play from our nation’s capital, alongside Short+Sweet Canberra piece MISS.

120 WORDS PER MINUTE 
written and directed by Trevar Alan Chilver (Canberra)
presented by Big Burley Fish
Richie's never found it easy picking a secretary, but today the perfect woman has walked in his door uninvited.

In case you missed our first plays announced, here are our ITC plays already selected.

THE DEATH OF NIGHTSTICK
written by Alexander Cuff, Sam Lovell and Jarrod Sleiman
directed by Sam Sweeting
presented by Cerberus Theatre Company
Nightstick is the world's greatest superhero... and the actor playing him has gone a little too method...

SIGN OF THE TIMES 
written by Crystal Jane
directed by Andrew Cremen
presented by Wollongong University Dramatic Society
Starring Andrew Cremen, Elise Vohradsky, Jai Szwec and Courtney Rutherford
Six people reflect on an incident on the train the day before where a tradie called an Islamic girl a terrorist.

SLOW DATING 
written by Adam Szudrich
directed by Lis Shelley (Lochiel NSW)
presented by Footprint Theatre Inc (Pambula NSW)
Starring Penelope Hunt
70-something happily married Ester drops in to a 'speed dating' event for seniors that leads her to make a difficult decision.

REALITY CHECK BY ELIZABETH 
written and directed by Annisa Belonogoff
presented by Warrior Empire Productions
Reality Check is a comedy about a single girl trying to navigate her way through the online dating world from home.

THE GODDESS 
written and Tom Peach
directed by Jay Duncan
presented by duGarde 
Thalia and Sharon were BFFs at school, then Sharon married Thalia's father. Now he's dead and they must write his epitaph.

WAITING FOR MASTERCHEF 
written and directed by Will Worthington
presented by Eat Will’s Shorts
Three protagonists absorbed in their digital detritus try to find meaning.

COUNTERPOINTS 
written by Nicholas Fitzpatrick-Fuller
directed by Jarrod Sleiman
presented by the Phoenix Theatre Company
Starring Oscar Baker, Kiah Sassall and Cameron Johnstone
Our ‘hero’, Mike introduces his Commie-Atheist brother, Jack to his girlfriend over dinner-with messy results!

Auditions to act in these plays, as well as in our ITC plays are taking place early August 2018. To register to audition, click here.

If you are a director or have a play you would like to stage as an ITC please email Festival Director Luke Berman, we only have a couple of spots left. Email: luke.berman@shortandsweet.org