Final week of ‘Short+Sweet’

THE second week’s program of “Short+Sweet Canberra” runs nightly from Tuesday to Friday features 10 all-new 10-minute plays.



It all climaxes in the Gala Awards Finals this Saturday, when  judges vote for Best Play, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Script. The audience will also vote for its ‘People’s Choice’.

Here’s this week’s lineup. “The Lighting Was Wonderful, written by Harriet Elvin, directed by Lynn Petersen,  features Laura Griffin, Nick Steain, Heidi Silberman, Benjamin Crowley and Anne Murn. “Those who can act, act; those who can write, write; and those who can’t… criticise!”

“Stargazers,” (Blemish Productions) written by Greg Gould and directed by Arne Sjostedt, stars Austen Sanders, Jaslyn Mairs and Peter Fock; two teenagers are enjoying a romantic eveni

“The Key” (UpForIt Theatre Co) by Pete Malicki and directed by Tom Richards stars Jay Duncan as a man who wants to surprise his ‘girlfriend’ with a special meal.

“Floss” by John Tillbrook, directed by Paul Jackson features Christine D’Rozario, Daniel Greiss and Felicity Knott. “Love is a tender flower. Can it survive a clash with the elemental force of lust?”



“The Lady and ‘The Tyger’,” or William Blake’s ‘How I Met Your Mother’ by  Trace Crawford, directed by Christopher Samuel Carroll,  stars Linda Chen and Russell Nash. Finding a connection of true spirits demands risk: a cautionary tale about reading poetry in public!

“Brexit”, written and directed by Kirsty Budding, stars Amelia Green, Adele Lewin, Kaivu Suvarna and Michael Ubrihien. An argument at a bus stop exposes class warfare and personal tragedy.



“Always the Bridesmaid”,  (E13 Productions) written and directed by Nigel Palfreman features Jessica Gowing.  Vicky walks home the morning after the night before and contemplates her life.

“War/Kiss,”  written by Alex Broun directed by Lynn Petersen, features Katrin Praseli and Samuel Bruce. “In one moment everything can be found, or lost, in a kiss.”

“Helpless,” written, directed and performed by Dan Holliday: The anguish and ache of guilt unforgiven, and the hope and freedom of guilt released, to the Neil Young song ‘Helpless’.

“Staying Alive,” written by Patrick Mortlock and directed by Bertram O’Brien, is  presented by St Edmund’s College students.  “The incompetence of these medical professionals can be matched only by the incompetence of the performers playing them.”

“Short+Sweet Canberra”, Courtyard Studio,  Tues-Fri 7.30pm, Gala Final 20 plays, 2.30 and 7pm, Saturday  August 20. Bookings to  or 6275 2700.



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