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Week 1 Plays: Short+Sweet Illawarra Theatre Festival 2022


WEEK 1 | 15-17 SEPTEMBER 2022

The return of the Illawarra’s contribution to the world’s biggest little festival: SHORT+SWEET is just around the corner, and we have an epic 22 plays over a two-week season 15-24th September 2022 at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston.

Our first week of ten-minute live theatre features a strong representation of local scripts. Eight of our first batch of eleven short plays are indeed from the pen of Illawarra writers – an impressive achievement given the strength of our international scripts that directors had to choose from.

Week one also features six writers who are also directing their own play, including traveling directors Rosalind Dixon (Sydney) and Vee Malnar (Canberra).

It also features two plays that were recently produced as part of Black Box Production’s 24 Hour Theatre, two plays from our festival hosts The Phoenix Theatre Company as well as plays produced by Gabatwa Studios, Crackerjack Entertainment and Rock Chikz.

Week 1 will run 15-17 September 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston, home of the Phoenix Theatre Company.

Tickets are now on sale via Trybooking.com

Adult $22, Youth/Student/Concession $17, Pension/Disability/Carers $12

Illawarra Scripts

Shrinking Together
Written and Directed by Gabriel McCarthy (Austinmer)
Cast: Gabriel McCarthy & Monique Elyse
Produced by Gabatwa Studios

Written by Tom Peach (Stanwell Park)
Directed by Cathy Bates & Andrew Gobran
Cast: Cathy Bates & Andrew Gobran
Produced by Black Box Productions

Hand on the Barre
Written by Katrina Samaras (West Wollongong)
Directed by Steen
Cast: Monique Elyse
Produced by the Phoenix Theatre Company

The Horny Gentleman
Written and directed by Johnny Sumelj (Wollongong)
Cast: David Verdejo, Alisia Verdejo, Sophie Brunner & Johnny Sumelj
Produced by Crackerjack Entertainment

It's Time
Written and directed by Linda Campbell (Port Kembla)
Cast: Paul Hamilton & Cathy Bates
Produced by the Phoenix Theatre Company

It's Not Whether You Win or Lose
Written and directed by Dona Parise (Shellharbour)
Cast: Tammy Kisela and Michael Thompson

Blood Moon Rising
Written and directed by Kelly-Maree Michael (Stanwell Park)
Cast: Jordan Cunningham, Clara Saddi, Tammy Kisela, Nurina Simpson & Olivia Mayer
Produced by Black Box Productions

Rueful and Ruthless
Written by Robert Cowin (Wollongong)
Directed by Sara Nazemi (Wollongong)
Cast includes Lydia French Starr

Australian Scripts

Written and directed by Rosalind Dixon (Sydney)
Cast: Tara Buckle & Shreeya Smith

Written and directed by Vee Malnar (ACT)
Cast includes Tammy Kisela & Michael Thompson
Produced by Rock Chikz

International Scripts

David, Meet Sarah
Written by Lee Franklin (Portland USA)
Directed by Jordan Cunningham
Cast includes Jonathan Rodway