Short+Sweet Turns “Sweet 16” in January 2017
All-new short, tasty theatre treats for Sydney Summer
The biggest little theatre festival in the world, Short+Sweet, opens on Wed Jan 11 with the first of the summer’s selection of over 120 tasty, ten-minute bites.
Short+Sweet has spread the popular 10-minute format in theatre, dance, cabaret & comedy across Australia and the globe – with festivals now as far afield as Hollywood, India, Malaysia, Dubai and NZ. But the original theatre festival in its Sydney home is ‘sweet 16’ this year… and plans to celebrate in style!
New Festival director Wayne Tunks is actually an S+S ‘old hand’, having written, directed and acted in the fest since 2003. The prolific playwright has some innovations planned for this year.
He’s introduced a ‘Festival Director’s Choice’ in addition to the usual judges’ and audience picks.
“I am looking for challenging plays, ones that stand out not just for a punch line but for a cohesive team, a strong script and bloody good performances.”
Tunks, a proudly gay artist, has also added a Mardi Gras event “Short+Sweet Queer” – which will showcase works with LGBTQI themes and artists.
Among the treats awaiting Sydney audiences, he highlighted the newest work by the first Short+Sweet Hollywood’s winning writer Jeffrey Fischer-Smith: “A Dog’s Dream” – a poignant play of gay love and loss. “Arthur and Marilyn” is a sweet play about the first meeting between Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. Acclaimed playwright Gavin Roach takes us for a controversial night at the home of George Brandeis in “At Home with Larry and George”. Jessica Fallico looks at a very current issue in “One Punch” and an award-winning play from Canberra’s festival, “Brexit” – by Indian writer Jayaprakash Kulur – will make its Sydney debut.
Week One – with 10 short plays nightly – features Beard, written and performed by Erin Middleton and Robert Miniter: a classic boy meets girl with a twist as the pair – both gay – meet on the way home from church…
Local writer Robert Ballinger’s Witness is a powerful monologue by a wife and mother of “a tragic story that shouldn’t have to be told, but must be”. Susan Stapleton directs Donna Randall.
Outback Mountain by Sydney’s Peter Greenaway is directed by Suz Mawer and stars Anthony Thomas and David Bedelis in a quirky tale about a disillusioned Sydney boy taking his moped on an ill-advised outback adventure in search of the stockman of his dreams!
In Dead Giveaway, a man buys his wife an unconventional Valentine’s Day gift which leads to an awkward conversation about love after death… Felicity Burke directs herself with Duncan Armitage in the delightful play by US writer Daniel Guyton.
Plus The Divide, a futuristic drama by Nicola Quilter: a brother and sister meet in an English field in 2047, but only one of them has a passport into the walled city of London…
Short+Sweet Theatre opens at the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd Marrickville on 11 January and runs through to March with both a Top 80 (Wed-Sun 7.30pm) and separate Wildcards program (Sat & Sun 4pm). The gala finals take place in March. Tickets are $30/$23 conc; more info, weekly program and bookings are all available at www.shortandsweet.org/sydney