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short+sweet results 2017

 

Short+Sweet Festival 2017

Short+Sweet Qld & Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse

July 19 – August 5 & September 2&3 2017

 

Reviewed by Eleanora Ginardi

 

 

Who is your super hero”, “Mother I think I’m in love”, “Super Mario”,  Got it stuck in my head”, “Good bye Norma Jean”, “This bus is late, uncharted territory”, “Our daughter is an Emo” – Just some of the lines from the collection of 10 x 10 minute shows at Short+Sweet festival, held at the Brisbane Powerhouse in August.

 

This show presented works that were as diverse as a Merthyr road bus shelter. The evening hinged on the unexpected through showcasing local, Queensland emerging talent. Laughter and vulnerability held space together, with highlights being some of the solo acts which were uniquely brave and honest; performers jumping head-first into a sea of emotions and tugging us along for the journey. Many of the acts were inclusive in activating audience participation. As the shows progressed, the audience got more and more involved, immersing and plunging into the stories and experiences of  local artists.

 

The Hope Project, written, directed and performed by Scott Wings, delved deeply into the sense of belonging. Over and over, Scott kept asking and repeating and deconstructing what it means to belong, eventually blowing up the notion of belonging. BELONG, Belong. BEEEELOOONG. Beelong. BLONG BLONG BLONG BANG.

 

Another one act play which touched deeply was the very physical and disciplined performance by Jake Hollingsworth. The Theory of Emotion, written and directed by Jake, gracefully took us on a journey of life, exploring the ups and downs of being a mother from a creature-like world. Retelling the story of human existence and what its like to be a mother from a mans perspective physicalised and contemplated by a young mans body.

 

Another hard-hitter, Good night Daphne by Mathew Filkins explored overcoming abuse, and dug deeper into incapacitating any kind of abuse; be it physiological, emotional, physical, or often difficult to separate, slapping the audience in the face with a topic that is often difficult to talk about.

 

 

The last one act play was Quietus, presented by solo artist Caitlin Strongarm. Caitlin embodied a sadness and cajoled the audience to assist her in turning off an alarm high above her head which she couldn’t reach. Moments of extreme sadness and moments of genuine joy were presented in this solo that deservedly goes into the finals.

 

The stand-out group was Flowers Theatre Company with Murder Mansion, written by Gabriella Flowers, directed by Samantha Bull, assisted by Amy Randall, designed by Jaymee Richards, and performed by Gabriella Flower, Emily Vascotto, Ben Warren and Levi Wilcox. A clever satire with witty dialogue, the performance was exquisitely cast and played, beautifully costumed and fluently delivered by the entire cast.

 

An enjoyable evening with my friend Anne, who abandoned herself in the show along with the younger audience. As we went upstairs to Bar Alta and discussed the show over a hot chocolate we both felt equally as passionate the need to support the arts and give artist this platform to showcase their unique talent.

 

 

2017 RESULTS

BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION

Quietus

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Songs For Sarah Connor (A Love Story, TERMINATED!)

BEST PLAY

Murder In The Mansion

BEST CABARET ACT

Shoes Wisely

BEST ACTOR

Caitlin Strongarm (Quietus)

BEST CABARET ARTIST

Drew Lochrie (Rock Pigs)

BEST NEW TALENT

Geordie McGrath (Shoes Wisely)

BEST SCRIPT

Say Yes

BEST DIRECTOR

Samantha Bull (Murder In The Mansion)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE/SONG

This Could Be You! (Sophie Banister)

BEST POSTER DESIGN

Be Entertaining

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