Short + Sweet Sydney – world’s biggest short play festival!

December 29th, 2012



*SYDNEY Theatre

Short + Sweet Sydney – Week 1 of the world’s biggest short play festival!  Quirky, fun and fast.

  • 9 – 15  January 2013
  • Tickets $33/$28 conc  (Wild Cards $30/27)

Checkout operators, deceit, an emergency exit in a relationship, an unexpected encounter in a school principal’s office and a wrongly accused handyman are just some of the quirky pieces on show in the first big week of Short+Sweet from 9 to 15 January!

And – even more exciting – the first week at King Street Theatre, Newtown features a multi-award-winning play from Short+Sweet Chennai, Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur as well as winners from Short+Sweet Dubbo and Broken Hill! The twelve 10-minute plays run Wed to Sat at 8pm plus Sun at 5.15pm.

My Name is Cine Ma – presented by Indian theatre company Stray Factory – won best production, best actress and best director the three international festivals this year. The original cast and crew present the witty salute to film genres in Sydney – the home of the world-wide hit short theatre form. It is joined in the Wild Card series (Sat 3pm, Sun 1pm and Mon at 8pm) by Lost Audition by fellow Chennai artist Rajaram Rajiv.

The first week also features Emergency Exit Aisle, the winning play from the recent Short+Sweet Dubbo fest. Written by Will North and directed by Karen Bayly, it stars Nicholas Barkl, Nicole Verhoeven and Florence Kermet in a romantic comedy set on a flight from LA to Sydney.

Deceit, written and directed by Short+Sweet legend Uma Kali Shakti and presented by Rainbow Connections (“multicultural/multicoloured/multitalented”) stars Elisa Cristallo, Nadia Hamoud, Peter Gizariotis and Isaro Kayitesi. The play marks Shakti’s 10th straight year in the festival.

Handyman by Perth writer Kerry Bowden is directed by Impulse Theatre’s stage and film veteran director Stephen Wallace and features Emily Kivilcim. Simon’s job at Bunnings takes on a whole new meaning when he inappropriately uses his practical skills in the wrong time and place, setting in train a journey of revenge and retribution by his sweet, country town girlfriend.

Award-winning playwright and festival director Pete Malicki’s Checkout satirizes life as a Coles checkout operator and the tragedy of her replacement by an automated checkout station! Rosemary Ghazi stars as “Corrine” alongside Alison Albany and Tunde Bodnar. Malicki (who wrote the Sydney Fringe hit Room directs his own play.

And the Wildcards program (Sat 3pm, Sun 1pm and Mondays at 8) this week features a Broken Hill winner, the beautiful Clean Sweep by Deb Hunt – where a meeting between a new school principal and a retiring cleaner doesn’t go according to plan. Original actor Fred Peter (who won Best Actor) died just two weeks after his performance. Hunt has re-written the piece for two women and will play the role herself opposite the other original actor Anna Canillas.

Also featured in the Wild Cards is The Confessional written and directed by Wendy Crew (“Is anyone free of remorse? Six people unburden their souls..” ) It stars Marlene  Vaughan, Bob Guy, Di Mifsud, Mark Smith and Nicole Taylor.

Other plays this week include Tom Jensen’s Clean Break, Do Not Disturb by Robert Sharpe, G by Miranda Drake, Grant J Venables’ I Know, I Know. Phillip Gallop’s Team Building Activity and The Fox and the Hunter by Simon Godfrey.

The full program of works for Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2013 is at  
Tickets are $33/$28 conc  (Wild Cards $30/27) . Bookings or 0423 082 015

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