Short and Sweet Theatre Festival

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Country and Region AustraliaNew South Wales
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Festival Contact Information

Short and Sweet Theatre Festival
The Edge Theatre
Corner King and Bray Streets
Newtown South, NSW 2041
Phone: (61) 2-9519-5081
Fax: (61) 2-9519-5143

Festival Description

Sydney’s finest exponents of the short theatrical form will gather to hear the official announcement of which ten-minute gems will premiere in Sydney this summer. Short+Sweet founder Mark Cleary and new Short+Sweet Sydney Festival Director Pete Malicki will welcome the theatre community at the Newtown Theatre. There are also some great innovations and ‘tweaks’ to the successful formula which Malicki says will make it even more attractive to Sydney’s summer theatre crowd!

Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2012 – the eleventh season - presented 180 works from January to March at Newtown Theatre with two weeks at the Sidetrack Theatre in Marrickville. The Top 100 feature Tuesday to Sunday and the popular Wildcard program continues as one-off Saturday matinee offerings.

The festival — which featured independent judges as well as audience voting — climaxed with the Gala Finals at the Seymour Centre on 30 and 31 March where the winning play from each of the 10 festival’s ten weekly programs, the best Wildcard play and the People’s Choice faced-off, competing for awards and rich prizes.

Festival Dates January 9 - March 23, 2013
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Festival Story:

Short+Sweet began life at the Newtown Theatre in January 2002 and expanded to Melbourne (2005), Singapore (2007), the Central Coast of NSW (2008) and Malaysia (2008). It launches in Canberra and Brisbane in September 2009 and in January 2010 the first ever Short+Sweet Auckland hit the stage, and Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru (2011). Short and Sweet has launched the careers of scores of writers, actors and directors and regularly attracts more than 1500 entries worldwide. Its various forms including Short Sweet and Song, Short, Sweet and Dance, Shorter and Sweeter, and Fast and Fresh (high school version) have been a showcase for thousands of local artists in Sydney, Melbourne, regional centres and international satellite festivals too. Organisers of the popular 10 minute play festival are calling for writers to submit plays, directors to direct the 140 plays selected… and actors to star in them! For more information about all the Short and Sweet events visit


Festival Events:

Registrations for Sydney now open! 2013:
  • Actors & Directors wanted
    • Short+Sweet Sydney is producing 160 plays from January-March 2013. We are looking for more artists to get involved, with room for 160 directors and Independent Theatre Companies and up to 600 actors. Registrations close within a few weeks, so sign up today! Please notify any artists you know who might like to get involved.
  • Script entries for Sydney closing soon
    • Deadline for script submissions to S+S Sydney, Friday, September 14th 11:59pm. The script deadline for anyone wanting to enter any of the Short+Sweet festivals) is this Friday, September 14th at 11:59pm. If you’re sitting on a 10 minute masterpiece, we want to see it! We will shortlist close to 200 scripts for our festival and we want more work to choose from. To submit, follow this link:


Other Sources:

Social networks:
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Practical Info:

  • Newtown Theatre
    354 King Street (Corner of King & Bray Streets)
    Newtown South
    Phone: (61) 2-95195081
    Fax: (61) 2-95195143
  • Seymour Theatre Centre
    Corner of City Road and Cleveland Street
    The University of Sydney
How to get there:
  • Newtown Theatre
    Very close to Newtown train station. Or take a bus. The map is available at the festival and theatre website.

  • Seymour Theatre Centre

    • By Public Transport
      Train to either Central Station (bus or walk up Broadway and City Road), or to Redfern Station (walk via Lawson and Ivy Streets). State transit buses from the city numbered 422, 423, 426, and 428 (from Castlereagh Street and Railway Square at Central Station) stop outside the Seymour Centre.
  • University of Sydney multi-storey car park next to the Seymour Centre (corner of Cleveland and Shepherd Streets, entry from Shepherd Street. Pay and display ticket.


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