Short+Sweet 2022: 20th Birthday Season


The ‘biggest little play festival in the world’ is turning 20 this year in its hometown of Sydney
and will be returning to the Tom Mann Theatre in Surry Hills from September 4 - October 23!

Sunday 4 September is ‘B-Day’ for the international hit show which has grown from its modest
inner Sydney beginnings two decades ago, to a multi-genre, multi-city festival of creative collaboration.

In more than 20 cities in 15 countries across the world – India, the USA, Great Britain , Singapore, Malaysia, the UAE, New Zealand
and, of course, Australia among them – the one rule is that each play,
musical, dance piece, cabaret, comedy routine or choral performance cannot run for more than 10 minutes.

In Sydney the original festival kicks off its 3rd decade with a party on Sunday 4 September from 5pm in its Surry Hills home, the Tom Mann Theatre.
Then follows four weeks of heats, each with performances on Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm and Sunday at 2pm.
Plus the traditional, climactic gala final, with all its awards, red- carpet, glitter and prizes!

Festival Schedule 2022
Monday September 12 to Sunday September 18  DA SILVA Week 
Monday September 19 to Sunday September 25  WEEK OFF/Alternate Programming
Monday September 26 to Sunday October 2  LAWSON Week 
Monday October 3 to Sunday October 9  LIU Week
Monday October 10 to Sunday October 16  WEEK OFF
Monday October 17 to Sunday October 23 (except Oct 22)  FINALS

Week Two (named for actor-writer and Short+Sweet alumnus Brendan Cowell) opens on Friday 30 September with 10 terrific short plays– among them two ‘nods’ to Shakespeare!

Peter Gizariotis directs David Loney and Erica Nelson in Tom Jensen’s The Last Taboo, a play that tests the boundaries of a progressive couple’s relationship and asks the question: “What wouldn’t you do for love?”

Tempestuous is a brilliant piece that literally unravels Shakespeare’s The Tempest with a talented cast that includes Eliane Morel, Elizabeth Newman, Soledad Cordeaux, Daniel Cordeaux, Vashti Hughes and Craig Roberts.

Judith Duncan’s Lady M sees the notorious Madame Macbeth stuck in a castle with her faithful maid Violet. Drowning in existential angst… until one day it all becomes too much. Lainey Baldwin directs Rachel Bendeich & Alicia Langley.

Flat Meat Society by Tom Coash (US) is directed by Emma Carolina-Wolf and stars Brooke Ryan about a West Virginia woman - on her way to fame and fortune - who loses the love of her life cooking very unconventional cuisine…

Opulent Fever written and directed by Kirsty Saville also stars Luisa Galloway, Maria Micallef, Lauren Hayward, Katie Macdonald Bell and Julian Colman. Slapstick social climbing: “Drugs, violence, lasagna, bloody fur coats… the works!”

Homework by Kel Vance and directed by Harriet McKern, with sound design by Michelle Barry, stars Cid Freitas as “Lucy”… a woman who hasn’t done her homework and now, in a counsellors waiting room, ponders the consequences…  An award-winning short play from Short+Sweet Illawarra, Perth and Dubai!

Plus Brave Blood, Offboarding, A Secret Service Housewife, A Couple and a Gun and Up in the Air.

Heat Week Three “Lui” (named for actor-writer and Short+Sweet alumna Nakkiah Lui) opens on Friday 7 October with 12 fabulous short plays.

Among them is the multi-award-winning Rosa & Leo by prolific Adelaide-based, Sydney-born writer Adam Szudrich.
It’s inspired by the true story of his grandparents’ survival in a Nazi concentration camp… where they fell in love, lost each other then found each other again 50 years later.
Directed by Grant Wilson, it stars Richard Cotter and famous Australian Ballet Company prima ballerina Olga Tamara. Richard and Olga pictured below.

Frank Leggett has written 10-minute plays that have been performed in 28 Short+Sweet festivals around the world!
He now directs his latest, Best Kept Secret, featuring his 18-year-old niece Ginger Fitzhardinge, who topped the State in Drama in the 2021 HSC (pictured below).

To Those I Left Behind is Kate Jirelle’s piece portraying three different teachers preparing to farewell the students they are leaving behind. Inspired by Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ series
and the conventions of verbatim theatre, the play uses the words and experiences of past and present teachers all wrestling with the inadequacies of the system and their personal frustrations.
It features Sydney theatre veterans Annette van Roden and Tricia Youlden – pictured below.

Theseus, Isn’t It? written and directed by Sam Herzog presents with Theo who is seeking relationships therapy from Phil… who turns out to have all the unresolved issues needed to be a patient rather than a doctor! Miriam is likewise bent on destruction. If Theo was expecting tender mercies he’s in for a rude shock! With Emma Wiltshire & James Kehoe.

Oh Nanna! By Nicole Smith, directed by Ian Fletcher is a short, sharp comedy about upmarket downsizing when a well-to-do couple retire to a ‘resort-style living complex’ – and the family all have their say!
Starring Rosie Crossing, Rebecca Fletcher, Tayah Gulyas, Ken Fletcher and Aurel Vasilescu. Rosie and Ken pictured below.

What if there’s a dimension where we all got what we wanted? US writer Wendy Gough Soroko’s The Multiverse sees three people wrestle with the consequence of their choices when they explore the ‘what ifs’ of the multiverse… Enoch Li directs Lana Jean Hill, Charles An and Chloe Ho.

Other plays include Swipe Right, written and directed by Melissa Myles; All’s Will that Ends Will by Barry Wood, directed by Lachlan McWilliam; Philip Clay’s Bus Stop, directed by Felix Carlyle;
A Couple and a Gun by Lee Sarich, directed by Manny Katts; Short+Sweet Illawarra winner The Holiest of Sacraments by Patricia Connelly, directed by Sally Evans;
plus fellow Illawarra theatremaker Sally Bedford’s Over and Out.


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Tom Mann Theatre @ 136 Chalmers St, Surry Hills, NSW


Tickets - Adult $27 Concession $24 Students $17 (Matinees only)


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