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21
Aug
12

Short+Sweet Brisbane and Gold Coast Gala Final

Short+Sweet

BRISBANE and GOLD COAST 2012

GALA FINAL AWARDS

Best Actor Female
Nominees:

Candice Davie (The Rental Company)

Georgia Cranstoun (Birgitte’s Story Time)

Emily Pollard (The Pond)

Deanna Watt (Genevieve and the Bus Stop)

Carly Rees (Genevieve and the Bus Stop)

Francis Marrington (Half Of Nothing)

Winner: Georgia Cranstoun

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Best Actor Male
Nominees:
Sam Ryan (The Pond)
Ben Distledorf (The Rental Company)
Jacob Paint (Wilderness)
Wayne Basset (It Came From The Couch+From The Cradle to the Brave)
Winner: Sam Ryan
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Best Director
Nominees:
Keiran Brice (Wilderness)
Casey Woods (The Rental Company)
Lisa Smith (Genevieve and the Bus Stop)
Noel Sheridan (The Pond)
Joshua Mcann Thompson (On The Shelf)
Winner: Casey Woods (The Rental Company)
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Best Comedy
Nominations:
Birgitte’s Story Time (The Rental Company)
Genevieve and the Bus Stop
Winner: Birgitte’s Story Time by Georgia Cranstoun+Rio Holland, directed by Georgia Cranstoun+Rio Holland
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Best Drama
Nominations:
The Pond (Con Nats)
Wilderness (James McLindon)
From The Cradle to the Brave (Angela Ready)
Winner: The Pond by Con Nats, Directed by Noel Sheridan
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Best Wildcard
Nominees:
Wilderness
It Came From The Couch
Copstitutes
Winner: Wilderness by James McLindon, Directed by Kieran Brice
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Best New Talent
Nominees:
Brea Robertson (On The Shelf)
David Trapp (Meet Cute)
Matt Crawford (The Rental Company)
Ben Distledorf (The Rental Company)
Winner: Matt Crawford (The Rental Company)
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Peoples Choice
Nominees:
It Came From The Couch
Genevieve and the Bus Stop (White Rabbit Theatre)
Winner: Genevieve and the Bus Stop (White Rabbit Theatre )
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Best Independent Theatre Company
Nominees:
De Love la ( It’s All Very Hush Hush)
The Bare Bottomed Tea Fiends (My Bathroom Musical)
White Rabbit Theatre (Genevieve and the Bus Stop)
The Vertebras (The Theraputic Ex)
Winner:
De Love la ( It’s All Very Hush Hush) Allison Manson, Chiara Lagana, Jennifer Goulding
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The Short+Sweet Award
Nominees:
The Pond (By Con Nats Directed by Noel Sheridan)
It’s All Very Hush Hush (De Love la, Allison Manson, Chiara Lagana, Jennifer Goulding)
The Rental Company (By Mark Cornell Directed by Casey Woods)
Winner: The Rental Company (By Mark Cornell Directed by Casey Woods)
Sean Dennehy Short+Sweet

Sean Dennehy, Queensland Festival Director, Short + Sweet Theatre Festival. Picture: Ric Frearson Source: Quest Newspapers

17
Aug
12

Short & Sweet Brisbane 2012

SHORT+SWEET Brisbane 2012

QUT The Loft

14th August – 19th August 2012

Reviewed by Meredith McLean

Short and Sweet

Titles can be misleading. Named SHORT+SWEET a little over a decade ago for good reason, this only rings true on the surface. Underneath it all is a lot of effort and a long period of preparation. Often and only in the most hilarious ways the performances are not sweet at all. This thoroughfare of performances is in itself something quite monumental.

It’s almost like Russian roulette. You don’t quite know what to expect every time a new gang of vivacious actors leap from The Loft’s curtain. Admittedly, this is not an event for small children but the range of style does bring something for everyone. Whether you prefer crude belt-out laughter comedy or perhaps something of the more dark realism persuasion of theatre, there is not a play that won’t satisfy these curiosities.

The range of talent as well, is something peculiar to watch. Some of the actors will clearly demonstrate their experience and prowess simply by the way they frame themselves on stage. Then just as loud and proud, battling it out against the old timers, are the budding new talents of Brisbane. A few faces I even recognised from around QUT campus. I couldn’t help myself but root for my fellow aspiring university students. It’s part of an unspoken broke uni student code I suppose.

Keep your eyes open for some very promising competitors. The Rental Company will have you running out of breath trying to laugh at each gag. Ben Disteldorf and Matthew Crawford as the doomed customer and the horrifying salesman run together flawlessly.

Written and directed by Bare Bottomed Tea Friends (their name alone lets you know what you’re in for), My Bathroom Musical reveals what every girl is thinking before a night out on the town. Ladies, I warn you now. If you bring him, your significant other will definitely start to feel uncomfortable while you smile to yourself knowing it’s all too true.

But SHORT+SWEET isn’t just a comedy festival. It’s a concept that unites different playwrights, actors and directors around the world. The Pond, performed by Emily Pollard and Sam Ryan is haunting. It is so convincing because you don’t realise what they’re doing to you. In their faces, their words, the way they sit under dimmed lights then stand up and speak honestly. The Pond takes us somewhere dark and lonely without us even knowing until we realise we’re splashing around in the pond with them.

This was by no means interactive theatre, however; the audience is nonetheless something of VIP status for this festival. Not only do we have the top ten performances paraded one after the other to the audience, but you will get to vote too! By choosing your top three you get to decide who will move onto the final round. These actors, playwrights and directors have put their fate into your hands. If you attend the show, by all means, remember to choose wisely.

The man behind the festival is just as warm-hearted and good-humoured as each of the top ten plays. Rather than hiding in the wings with a stony face and shadows over his eyes Sean Dennehy comes out and greets us all. He riles the crowd up like a proper ringmaster with his menagerie of one-act plays.

This particular event is touring Brisbane and Gold Coast but SHORT+SWEET has made it’s own strides since fruition. This year the festival will be taking on international pursuits through Singapore, Malaysia, Taipei, Auckland, Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.

So what are you after? What are you looking for? Strained for time or do you have time to kill? SHORT+SWEET caters for any and all answers. Make your way to The Loft, at QUT Kelvin Grove, this weekend and see the Top 10 or perhaps you’d prefer their Wild Card event? Be quick, the Gala Final will be coming soon and all the time, effort and amazing creativity displayed will be wrapped up into one last performance. Short and sweet the way we like it.

19
May
12

short + sweet sunshine coast

SHORT+SWEET BRISBANE+GOLD COAST+SUNSHINE COAST

10 DAYS UNTIL DEADLINE!

 

Submissions for Actors, Directors and Independent Theatre Groups close on May 31st 2012

 

Got a 10 minute play? Sure you do!

 

Simon Denver adapted So, Where Is It? from the original one-act play, which he wrote for a festival in a matter of days after Sam Coward said one day over a few beers, “WHY NOT? WE’RE GOOD AT VIOLENCE.”

The 10 minute version only came about when I received a phone call during rehearsals for our gig at The Sydney Children’s Festival inviting us to submit something to Short + Sweet and Sam said, in the dressing room of the Seymour Centre, “WHY NOT? WE’RE GOOD AT VIOLENCE AND IT’S JUST 10 MINUTES.”

So, Where Is it? won Brett Klease Best Actor at last year’s Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival and the 10 minute version took out 1st place in the Gold Coast & Brisbane Short+Sweet competitions. It then went to Sydney (thanks to some of YOU! THANK YOU!), where it won third place.

With so many one-act play festivals happening across the Sunshine Coast, why not do the same? Or register your 10 minute play from the recent season in Buderim. IT’S JUST 10 MINUTES! YOU CAN DO IT!

You CAN do it. But do you need some help taking the red pen to your script? Register first! Just do it and then let us know! We can help edit and workshop your one-act play down to just 10 minutes or help you find a new script to work on.

Check out the vast collection that the 10 Minute Play Master, Alex Broun, has made available online for FREE.

The Short+Sweet QLD 2012 Brisbane+Gold Coast+Sunshine Coast theatre season runs from 1st August to the 19th August at

The Loft (QUT Creative Industries)

The Arts Centre Gold Coast

Lind Lane Theatre, Nambour

 SAVE THESE DATES

June 16th Director briefing and welcome drinks

 

June 23rd Sunshine Coast auditions

 

June 30th Rehearsals commence

ACTORS, DIRECTORS AND INDEPENDENT COMPANIES REGISTER NOW!

Remember, it all starts with an idea….. 

This one was just so crazy…it worked!

 

09
May
12

Short + Sweet comes to the Sunshine Coast


Short + Sweet 2011 Winner Gabe McCarthy

Gold Coast and Brisbane Short + Sweet Winners Brett Klease & Sam Coward

Remember our SRT boys won the Gold Coast and Brisbane competitions?

Remember they came away from the national comp in Sydney in third place?

Should they accept an invite to perform in this year’s Melbourne comp?

This year is your chance to get involved too!

SHORT+SWEET QLD 2012

BRISBANE+GOLD COAST+SUNSHINE COAST

1 AUG – 19 AUG 2012

The Loft (QUT Creative Industries)

Arts Centre Gold Coast

Lind Lane Theatre (Nambour)

Registrations close MAY 30th

Image by Jom Photography

Who can enter Short + Sweet?

INDEPENDENT THEATRE COMPANIES (you can be an established group or just people with a ten minute play idea)

DIRECTORS (established or emerging, choose a script from all over the world, cast it and direct it)

ACTORS (be part of this worldwide festival, auditions announced on June 1)

Short + Sweet believes in the validity of the ten minute theatre form and that ten minute theatre works can stimulate, move and entertain audiences as effectively as longer theatre forms. Through an open call for scripts, general auditions and interviews with directors and Independent Theatre Companies Short + Sweet uses a vigorous merit based process to assemble a season of high quality ten minute theatre which incorporates a broad range of theatrical styles. Through the presentation of these works Short + Sweet aims not only to develop audiences for the ten minute form but to develop audiences for all theatrical forms.