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Country and Region AustraliaNew South Wales
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia and multiple locations
Festival Contact Information

Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point
Sydney, 2000 New South Wales
Phone: (61) 2-9250-7111
Fax: (61) 2-9250 7950

Festival Description

SHORTER+SWEETER: Something For Everyone In 10 Minutes!
Comedy, romance and betrayal. Sex, murder and true love. And that’s just for starters, when SHORTER+SWEETER tours Australia with the world’s tastiest tiny theatrical treats!

“There is no better vehicle to tap our greatest natural resource – our writers!”, Bryce Courtenay
“To taste the state of Australian theatre, try Short+Sweet!”, Sydney Morning Herald
“Short+Sweet is the most valuable venture to be seen on the Australian stage.”, George Ogilvie AM
“A first-class concept with enormous appeal… exciting and entertaining theatre.”, David Atkins OAM

Short & Sweet is ‘the biggest little play festival in the world’. An original Australian product, which has spread to national and international theatres, it gathers the most talented young directors and actors to produce the best local and international fresh new short plays (“10 minutes max”) from more than a thousand entries each year.

Shorter+Sweeter showcases a selection of the very best works gathered from the most recent festivals written by Australia’s hottest young writers including Steven Hopley, Christopher Johnson, Catherine Cresswell, Adam Gelin, Tom Taylor and Alex Broun.

Presented by some of Sydney’s finest directors and starring Sophie Cook, Alan Flower, Christine Greenough, Olivia Solomons, Johann Walraven and Heath Wilder, the selection features the controversial, the rib-tickling, the absurd and the sexy in a unique 10-minute formula that is bound to please every taste.

Festival Dates April 2010
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Festival Events:

Performances 2008:
  • Upwardly, written and directed by Mark Cleary and starring Sophie Cook
  • Moving Fast, written and directed by Adam Gelin, starring Olivia Solomon & Alan Flower
  • This Bitch Called Home, written & directed by Catherine Cresswell, starring Sophie Cook and Christine Greenough
  • Borys the Rottweiler, by Christopher Johnson, directed by Mark Cleary starring Heath Wilder
  • Saturday Night Newtown, Sunday Morning Enmore, by Alex Broun, directed by Alex Galeazzi and starring Johann Walraven and Sophie Cook
  • The Keys to the Mystic Halls of Time, by Matt Casarino (USA) directed by Adam Gelin and starring Heath Wilder, Johann Walraven, Olivia Solomons and Alan Flower
  • The Example, by Tom Taylor, directed by Felicity Burke and starring Alan Flower & Sophie Cook
  • Relics, by Iain Triffitt & Brett Danalake, directed by Alex Galeazzi and starring Christine Greenough, Heath Wilder and Johann Walraven
  • Paradise, by Steven Hopley, directed by Alex Galeazzi and starring Alan Flower & Olivia Solomons


Practical Info:

Shorter & Sweeter 2008 National Tour includes:
  • Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
    • April 30 and May 1, 2008
  • Darwin Entertainment Centre, Northern Territory
    • May 3, 2008
  • Cairns Civic Theatre, Queensland
    • May 6, 2008
  • Riverway Arts Centre, Thuringowa, Queensland
    • May 8, 2008
  • Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton Performing Arts Centre, Rockhampton, Queensland
    • May 10, 2008
  • Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, Queensland
    • May 13–17, 2008
  • Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
    • May 20-21, 2008
  • The Little Theatre, Woy Woy, New South Wales
    • May 23-24, 2008
  • The Drum Theatre, Dandenong, Victoria
    • May 27, 2008
  • Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, Victoria
    • May 29, 2008
  • Warrnambool Regional Performing Arts Centre, Warrnambool, Victoria
    • May 31, 2008
  • Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra , Australian Capital Territory
    • June 3-7, June 2008


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