Short+Sweet Gala Finalists Announced

The finalists for Short+Sweet Sydney 2010 have been confirmed and will battle it out on the big stage at NIDA’s Parade Theatre on Saturday 13 (plus a preview performance on Friday 12th).

The Gala Final of Short+Sweet is one of the biggest nights on the Sydney Theatre calendar: the best 12 plays from the largest ten minute play festival in the world are presented for two nights only at the magnificent NIDA Parade Theatre. The culmination of two months of competition, with 170 ten minute plays presented at two theatres, all comes down to one amazing – and amazingly varied – night of theatre.

After the plays are performed celebrity judges will present awards such as Best Actor, Best Writer and Best Director as well as the top prize, the Short+Sweet Award for the Best Overall production of the Festival.Extra sparkle is added by Movie Extra filming the event to be televised later in the year as the series “To Be or Not to Be”.


It’s All The Rage

(Wildcards winner)

Writer: Carl J. Sorheim (VIC) Director: Susie Hardgrave

Cast: Anthony Slater (Man)

This man has his eye on the hot girl working in Starbucks.

When his plan to show her how he feels keeps meeting delays,

he gets angry. Just how angry can one man get?

Life of Death

(Judge’s Choice – Top 100 Newtown Theatre Week 4)

Writer: Nir Shelter and Terence Foltyn Director: Nir Shelter

Set and props: Eddy Taylor

Cast: Brett Heath (Death), Tai Scrivener (Garry)

Death in the 21st century hides behind a burgeoning bureaucracy

until Garry un-wittingly brings Death to admit he no longer believes

he can perform his job. Death learns to appreciate his work, life and –

most importantly – himself.


(Judge’s Choice – Top 100 Newtown Theatre Week 3)

Writer: Angie Farrow (NZ) Director: Beverley Callow

Cast: Renee Lim (Megan), Matt Thomson (Elliot)

Is it possible to be loved in a lifetime of ten minutes?

Mr & Mrs Metcalfe enjoy the Music of Elton John

(Judge’s Choice – Top 100 Newtown Theatre Week 6)

Writer: Frank Legget (NSW) Director: Felicity Nicol

Film Advisor: Jeremy Brull Cast: Karen Cobban & Graham Yates

Star trek, travelling and trivia. Come join the Metcalfes for

a cuppa tea and a couple of stories.

Perfect Stillness

(Judge’s Choice – Top 100 Newtown Theatre Week 2)

Writer: Jane Miller (VIC) Director: Amelia Tranter

Cast: Ro Dempsey (Annie), Ben Brock (Tim), Chris Lewis (Mr Harrison)

Can you really “know” your partner? Tim and Annie discover

that after 12 years together, on some things, they stand

miles apart. But what is “truth” anyway, and in the end,

does it even matter?

Pride & Prejudice – in ten minutes flat

(Judge’s Choice – Top 100 NIDA Parade Playhouse Week 1)

Writer: Tim Hehir (Vic) Director: David Farland

Costume Designer: Teresa Negroponte

Musical Director: Charlie Coy

Musicians: Olga Solar (violin) Angus Gardiner (cellist)

Choreographer: Caroline Mooney

Cast: Celia Kelly (Lizzie Bennet), Nick Hunter (Darcy),

Sontaan Hopson (Jane Bennet), Peter Lawrence-Wenke (Mr Bingley)

Based on Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, this humorous play

depicts love and life in the English upper class during the early 19th century.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward *

(Judge’s Choice – Top 100 Newtown Theatre Week 1)

Writer: Pat Brennan (NSW)

Director: Katherine R. Davis

Cast: Andy Leonard (Clive), Charles Billeh (Santos)

The opening night of a new production has Santos making his

theatrical debut under the watchful eye of seasoned campaigner Clive.

*Invited to participate in Short+Sweet as one of the winners of

Crash Test Drama – December 2009 final.

Rain of Ruin

(Judge’s Choice – Top 100 Newtown Theatre Week 5)

Writer: Elaine Romero (USA)

Director: Sadashivam Rao, Mayu Iwasaki (Associate Director)

Cast: Nastassja Djalog (Agnes), Shingo Usami ( Kenji),

Michael Curnick (Harry Truman), Mayu Iwasaki (Japanese Sister),

Haruna Kawachi (Japanese woman), Wayne Underwood (Oppenheimer)

Costume and Stage Design: Mayu Iwasaki

Described as “eye-opening” by Variety Magazine, Rain of Ruin follows an

American woman to Japan where she falls in love with a Japanese man.

The only thing that stands between them is the atomic bomb.

Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza

(Judge’s Choice – Top 100 NIDA Parade Playhouse Week 3)

Writer: Caryl Churchill (UK)

Director: Sarah Goodes

Designed by : Marissa Dale-Johnson, ITC: Splinter Theatre Company

Cast: Anna Martin, Sophie Gregg, Kate Buchanan, Chris Lewis,

Andrew James and Daniel Hunter.

This controversial play by British playwright Caryl Churchill was

written in response to the 2008-2009 Israeli operation in Gaza.

The play consists of seven short scenes about crucial stages in the

history of Israel and explores explaining violence to children.

Taking A Bullet

(Judge’s Choice – Top 100 NIDA Parade Playhouse Week 2)

Writer: Steve McGrath (NSW) Director: Alan Smithee ITC:

Still Knocks Productions

Cast: Gerry Sont (Agent Kubrick), Steve McGrath (Nathan)

President Obama is protected by the United States Secret Service.

Prime Minister Rudd has Nathan.

Thin Air

(Judge’s Choice – Top 100 Newtown Theatre Week 7)

Writer: Thomas Coash

Director: David Ritchie

Design: Tony Youlden

Cast: Gertraud Ingeborg

A circus performer prepares to step again onto the high wire

after her husband has ‘come down’ (fallen to his death).

Tipping Point

(People’s Choice Gala Finalist)

Writer: Mark Andrew (VIC)

Director: James Balian

Cast: Deborah Bradshaw (Laura), Yannick Lawry (Rob)

Breaking up makes Laura and Rob re-evaluate their relationship.

SHORT+SWEET Sydney 2010 Gala Final

Parade Theatre NIDA

Saturday March 13th at 7.30pm

PREVIEW: Friday March 12th at 7.30pm

Tickets $40/35 Bookings 1300 795 012 online: (Booking fees may apply)

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