Programme Archive

ISSUU allows us to digitally share with you entire programmes from days of festival past, so please follow the links below to take a glimpse at our history…

Shorter+Sweeter 2006
Short+Sweet Sydney 2007
Shorter+Sweeter 2008
Short+Sweet Sydney 2009
Short+Sweet Sydney 2011
Short+Sweet Sydney 2013
Short+Sweet Queensland 2014
Short+Sweet Sydney 2014
Short+Sweet Sydney 2015

CURRENT: Short+Sweet Queensland 2015


2015 Gala Winners

Congratulations to all our participants of Short+Sweet Sydney 2015 Gala Finals!

Bokkie Robertson – Writer of Wish
Glenn Wanstall – Director of Position Vacant, Actor in Milton & Another Day Out With The Mates

Drew Holmes – Cecil “Unforgettable”
James Shepherd – The Boss “Scratch”

Emma Playfair – Woman “Manstruating”

“Scratch” – Written & Directed by Tom Green

“Scratch” – Written & Directed by Tom Green

“Scratch” – Written & Directed by Tom Green

“Pee Buddies” – Written by Shane Murphy & Directed by Jon Emmett

“Scratch” – Written & Directed by Tom Green

2015 Sponsors – Thank You!

Our Gala Finalists received some incredible prizes thanks to our great sponsors!

THE GENOCCHIO FAMILY donated the incredible prize of $5000 to Best Director, in honour of Sam Genocchio
kindly donated $2500 worth of lighting to two of our great winners
NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY donated a week-long course in film-making
NEW THEATRE provided a double pass to their upcoming show, When The Rain Stops Falling
TWO PEAS Theatre Company donated a double pass to their next show
THE MONOLOGUE PROJECT donated 3 double passes to their next performance
IZBA RUSSIAN TREATS gave our winners $25 vouchers
ZEPHER TOURS donated a Hunter Valley Wine & Cheese Tour, to two of our winners
BLENDER PRODUCTIONS donated a make-up voucher for services or training
SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY offered a double pass to their upcoming show, Endgame
RIVERSIDE THEATRES donated 3 double passes to Rotunda
THE FACTORY THEATRE donated a Golden Pass to Friday nights of the Sydney Comedy Festival
TWO FEET & A HEARTBEAT offered two great walking tours of Sydney, plus key rings to all our winners
POLE CANDY kindly provided a double pass to their next show

Gala Finalists

**Introducing our Gala Finals participants so far!**

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Being first up in our Gala Finals is Bokkie Robertson’s “Wish”. Exploring the nature of celebrities and a dying girl’s final wish, Rebecca Wright, directs Christian Heath as Jack Grant, and Ally Morgan as Stephanie Anderson, a young girls whose ‘Make A Wish’ wish isn’t exactly as expected.

Next in is the political satire in song and dance, “Screamers!” Gavin Vance wrote and Screamers!directed this Red Roar production, which features Joseph Chetty, Jackie Vance and Taras Jones. With costumes by Jacques Thong and Dorothy’s shoes made by Dan Jones, this play discusses recent Australian political events and looks at the potential political turbulence ahead. A camp and crazy mash up of Mad Max & Wiz of Oz was designed to help you let off some steam and laugh about it all!

TransactionsAfter sweeping the floor at Short+Sweet Hobart, we are thrilled that “Transactions” has made its way up to our Gala Final. A lonely man is visiting a prostitute. He’s trying to buy the life he’s dreaming of; she’s tired of playing the strange role he wants. Tonight he can only afford ten minutes, and it’s not going to go as planned. Written by Scott McAteer and directed by Ingrid Ganley, this Hobart Quartet production stars Ivano Del Pio and Karissa Lane.

The BridgeFrom Week 5 of our Top 80 we have “The Bridge” by Jessica E Anderson. Penny has put a lot of thought into her suicide. She has even memorized the lines to a pertinent Coleridge poem. Or so she thought. An unexpected encounter with Roger, who knows his Coleridge well and always travels with a snack, gives them both time to think before they jump. Sharlene Zeederberg directs Peter Condon and Katharine Babatzanis.

ManstruatingRelationships – they are a merry dance. There’s give and take, but sometimes you need to think outside the box when your feelings are on the line. Curl up with your ice cream and hot water bottle as Adam Szudrich’s Manstruating” joins us at the Gala Final. Directed by Grant Wilson is a cast of Emma Playfair and David Owens. Speaking Freely

“Speaking Freely”, written by Jack Kelly and directed
by Serhat Caradee is our sixth entrant to the Gala Final, showing us what we are really thinking when on a disastrous date! Starring Krystle Hill as Kelly, a woman searching for love, but finds herself on the worst blind date of her life with Blake (Hunter Mcmahon). Also starring Sebastion Angborn and Amanda Collins as the conscious of Kelly and Blake.

From week 7 of our Top 80 we have “Truth of Dare”, written by Brian Haydon and directed by Bendeguz Divenyi-Botos and Rhys Cohen, and brought to us by BendeguzIndustries.Three friends play an innocent Truth or Daregame on a boring rainy day. After securing second place in audience votes, “Truth or Dare” placed first in the Judges’ Choice and will be seen again at the Gala Finals!

Unforgettable”, brought to 09 UNFORGETTABLE PUB-1us by Shady Palms Productions will be joining the Gala Finals from Top 80 Week 8. Inspired by real-life stories, “Unforgettable” was a funny, bold and moving look into dementia and the lives of Flo and Cecil – two 80-something year old pensioners with many a song to sing and a lifetime of stories to tell. Join them as they talk family, memory, love and life in the nursing home. This piece was written, directed by and starred Stephanie Priest and Drew Holmes, with co-direction by Chloe Perrett.


Wildcards Finals

Alternate Serve

Heading into the Wildcards Finals from our first week of Short+Sweet Sydney 2015 is “Alternate Serve” written by Paul Madden and directed by Michael Whalley. Are we entitled to complain about the food at a charity dinner – and is the waiter to blame? Starring Craig Hall (Waiter) and Simon London (Brett).

Wildcards Week 2 brought us the Pee Buddieshilarious buddy comedy,“Pee Buddies”. Following a desperate man as he enlists the help of a co-worker to conquer his embarrassing fear. Written by Shane Murphy and directed by Jon Emmett, the cast is made up of Reece Lyndon, Scott Dias and Jon Emmett. Winning both the People’s and Judges votes, “Pee Buddies” won the title of the Wildcards Winner, and earned a place in the Short+Sweet Sydney Gala Finals!

Coming out on top of a Judges’ tie, as determined by the audience votes, “Shirley vs the Squirrels” is in our Wildcards Finals from Week 3. Written by Camilla Maxwell and Shirley Vs The Squirrelsdirectedby Kel Vance. Debby Tilley, Margareta Moir and George Trippis demonstrated how, in an ongoing battle for her prize-winning garden, Shirley attempts to enlist the help of her daughter and son-in-law to protect and defend her crops from those shifty, yet at times cute, bastards called squirrels. “Shirley Vs. The Squirrels” earned a place in the Gala Finals through the People’s Choice vote!

Lost PropertyWildcards Week 4’s “Lost Property” has found its position in our Wildcards Finals. The clothes don’t make the man…unless you’re Superman and you’ve had your costume stolen in the locker room of a Sydney train station. Towhat extremes will the dashing defender go to save his threads and his dignity? Written by Robert Luxford and directed by Grace O’Connell “Lost Property” stars Nick Wright (Superman) and Jenae O’Connor (Clerk).

Darling Daughter Daisy” from One Carriage Productions is in the Wildcards Finals from our great Week 5 programme. Since Daisy’s dad left her and her mum for White Box Lady, it’sDarling Daughter Daisybeen tough. How’s a little girl to cope with such emotional turmoil? Cue Maisie, a great friend with no strings attached… Well, sort of. Debbie Neilson also starred in this piece, directed by Luke Reeves.

Big things come in small packages for our sixth Wildcard finalist, “Gnome Matter What”. Written by Donatella Parise and directedGnome Matter What by Robert Teicher. Xenia Bevitori, Nicolas Francois and Jim McInnes star in this love triangle about 3 garden gnomes that magically come to life! A romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations of being a garden gnome statue and wanting love as well as other things!

“Winter Retreat”, a heart-warming story of Jessica and Jim, who meet at a Meditation Retreat far from their home, both trying desperately to get past a significant tragedy. An unlikely friendship is formed when Jessica and Jim discover that perhaps they can hold that forgiveness space for each other until they are ready to let go of their hurt and move on. Written by Abigail Somma and directed by Anne Brito, this play stars Nell Nakkan and Edric Hong. Tying first place for the Judges’ Choice along with “Feather”, “Winter Retreat” had the greater audience votes and will be joining us at the Wildcards Finals!

Sally thinks that offering a delicious cup of coffee to her housemates was a friendly gesture. Oh, how wrong can she be…“Put That Coffee Down” rounded out our Act 1. Written by Toast D’Bechamel and directed Glenn Groves, this play stars Kim-Cuong Do (Ava), Jessica Gray (Hunter), David Bond (Martinez) and Jo Elizabeth Finnis (Sally). Taking out second place in our Judges’ Choice, and taking the lead in our People’s Choice, Put That Coffee Down might just have that extra shot at the Finals!

Our ninth and final play of the evening is “Aggie” by Golden Jam Productions. Aggie want’s Sev, Joe wants Aggie, Sev just wants his poptarts! Adapted from Chekov’s short story “Agatha” under the guidance of Hilary Bell, “Aggie” is a modern day farce about love, fidelity, fear of commitment, and delicious treats. Starring Natalie Freeman, Joseph Louis Westwood and Jacob Thomas, “Aggie” is written and directed by Nicola James.

Mark and Charlotte had a fight at dinner. But will Charlotte get the chance to say what she needs to say? For Kevin. #WWKD “I See You” is written by Amy Maddison. Directing a cast of Jessica Saras (Charlotte) and Thomas Atkins (Mark), was Julie Zimmerman. Thanks to PM-Partners for rehearsal space, and The Dapper Brothers for their artwork.

Take Two”, is the final Wildcard play making its way into the Finals. A couple discovers that reconciliation can be tricky–especially when a pre-nup is involved. The piece has been written by Chris Shaw Swanson and directed by Marcelle Wever.

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People’s Choice Showcase

Wherefore Art Thou Oh Writing Inspiration

Wherefore Art Thou Oh Writing Inspiration” from Centrique Theatre was our first entrant into the People’s Choice Showcase. Written by and starring Jeffrey Hampson as the playwright William Shakespeare, and directed by Courtney Powell, this play explores the source of his inspiration. If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if I act as a fool, shall inspiration not come?  So Says The Sea

Rachel Welch’s “So Says The Sea” represents Week 2 in the People’s Choice Showcase. James Hartley directs a cast of Maddy Stedman, Aleks Mikic, Petrie Porter and Alex Cubis. Escaping to the sea with her best friend after being dumped, Dee runs into two British boys that are also escaping the past. A fateful kiss changes relationships and lives forever.

Our third entrant is “God: The Performance Review”. Written by Allan West, the piece is directed by Simon Doctor and features Benjamin Bonar (Jason), Leyla Hart-Svensson (Ms Parkes), EdithGod: The Performance ReviewHueck (God), Nick Wright (Mr Maxwell). Pandemics, climate change, terrorism and countless wars (not to mention Justin Bieber!) have not impressed God’s employer, Universes Incorporated. Something must be done quick smart if God wants to avoid a work-for-the-dole program. This was God’s Judgment day, corporate HR style!

“Another Day Out With The Mates” is our fourth entrant into the People’s Choice Showcase. Following eight criminals who are in weekend detention along with yet again another new Another Day Out With The Matesshy field officer this piece is written by Marcia Neilson and directed by her daughter, Debbie Neilson, of Mumandbub Productions. This play features the huge cast of Richard Littlehales (Winterbottom),Victor Moore (Crabtree), Luke Reeves (Horne), Kerry Russell (Wepu), Alannah Robertson (OfficerSnodgrass), Pauline Gardner (Sister Absist), David Berry (Condon), Glenn Wanstall (Cockburn), James Walkom (Swindle), Les Davidson (Brownscombe), and AmTaggedylea Griffin (Officer Huntsmen).

Fifth up in the running is Russell Bell’s “Tagged”, exploring the fact that no secrets are safe from social media. Directed by Steven Tait is a cast of Jack Douglas, Ally O’Brien and Mark Longhurst. With the second highest number of votes, “Tagged” made it through to the Short+Sweet Sydney 2015 Gala Finals!

A Bug’s Rights”, a hilarious play written by James Hartley and directed by James Shepherd, has crawled its way into the People’s Choice Showcase. A cantankerous judge meets his match when a cracA Bug's Rightsk addicted lawyer pushes for a universal declaration of insect rights. But neither of themcould anticipate the lawyer’s client; the provocative and radical Jorge the beetle. This play was presented by Upper Crass Theatre Company, and stars Tom Green, James Hartley, and Bendeguz Devenvi-Botos.

After winning the hearts of our audiences, we are thrilled that“Scratch” secured a place in our People’s Choice Finals! Scratch is a A black comedy about the bleak future of contemporary cinema. When a suspicious, black Chrysler pulls up out the front of hisScratchhouse, couch potato, James, figures he owes money to the wrong people. The truth is far more severe. Presented by Thieving Monkey Theatre Company, this play was written and directed by Tom Green. With the highest number of votes, “Scratch” won a place in the Short+Sweet Sydney Gala Finals and earned the award of Overall People’s Choice!

06 SNAIL MAIL PUB-1“Snail Mail” is the final Top 80 play to make its way into the People’s Choice Showcase, from our Week 8 programme. Ray & John met by chance. Time and distance brought their friendship closer. What follows is an adventure around the world and deep into the human heart. This heartwarming tale is by Peter Bloem. Bobby Babin and James Belfrage are directed by Luke Berman, this was a Black Box Theatre production.

 It’s a question of growth. Or, should I say, an overgrowth. When Jane visits a waxing salon for the very first time she encounters the owner, Major Sawquatch with some quite unexpected results. “Major Sawquatch And House of Wax” rounded out our first act. Written by Sarah Pember and directed Dudley Levell , this play stars Sue Broberg (Major Sawquatch), Clare Tamas (Jane) and Olivia Gorman (Renee). “Major Sawquatch” ranked 5th in the Wildcards People’s Choice votes, earning a spot in the People’s Choice Showcase.

“I Wish My Mum Had Two Broken Legs” has also made its way in thorugh the Wildcards audience votes, coming in at tied 6th place in the overall People’s Choice votes. This touching story demonstrates the idea of hope and dreams, all through a young girls perspective and the help of her friends. Written by Cara Jeffrey, directed by Natalie Hanlon and starring an ensemble of Marlo Brown, Gabrielle Bartlett, Jennifer Hicks, Rebecca Levy, Mitchell Jacka, Jessica Hanlon.

A Chinese Girl Walked Into A Café…” She walked into the cafe. Is she Chinese? Is she Asian? Is she an foreign intelligence agent doing deep-cover work for ASIO? This play, written and directed by Toast D’Bechamel, with a cast of Rosemary Ghazi, Reich Webber-Montenegro and Isaac Owen, rounded out our shows for the evening. See it again at the People’s Choice Showcase, earned through a tie for 6th place in the Wildcards audience votes.

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