Short + Sweet debut in Delhi

Short+Sweet theatre festival is debuting in Delhi on November 12 -20 at the Habitat Centre in Delhi and  Epicentre in Gurgaon. The biggest showcase of short plays of 10 minute duration has entered a new chapter by inviting writers, scripts, directors and actors from India for a first ever launch by staging the event in Delhi.

Neena Badhwar’s play ”˜Quarantine’ which won a moved reading competition in August has been entered for Delhi competition by Abhinaya School of Performing Arts of Sydney. ”˜Quarantine’ made to the top one hundred short+Sweet plays selected for the Sydney Short+Sweet 2011 starting in December 2010.

Aishverya Nidhi  has organised   actors for Quarantine while Arvind Gaur is directing the play. The aim of Short + Sweet is to encourage and develop the crafts and skills of acting, directing and theatre-making and writing by aspiring and emerging theatre artists. It gives them a chance to produce a 10-minute work in a supporting, creative and professional environment under the guidance of skilled theatre stalwarts.

Alex Broun , Artistic Director of Short+Sweet Theatre is quite excited about Delhi as Short+Sweet which is showcased in almost all the main cities of Australia, NZ and Malaysia has now eyes set on the thriving theatre community in India.   Says Alex, “ There is a tremendous response for the first time. I am sure the festival will help foster relationship between the two countries through art.”

Along with Quarantine there are other entries   from Australia which include Alex Broun’s, the Director of Short+Sweet, 10,000 Cigarettes to be directed by Ravi Kumar, Nir Shelter’s Life of Death directed by Sadashivan Rao, Sonal Moore’s The Shadow Within directed by Ishwar Shunya, Richard Graham’s Trough directed by Shuddho Banerjee, Jane Miller’s Perfect Stillness directed by Prashant Sehgal, Christopher Johnson’s Borys the Rottweiller directed by Arvind Gaur who is also directing Quarantine. Aishverya Nidhi of Abhinaya School of Performing Arts plays the role of Ishwari Khanna ”“ the old lady in Quarantine.

There are a couple of Kiwi entries too in the line-up which include Angie Farrow’s Lifetime directed by Michael Caemmerer and Auckland performed by Ishwak Singh.

The 10-minute tight script is a must as the play can be penalised for going over ten minutes. There has been a tremendous response to this first Short+Sweet festival being held in Delhi from November 12-14 at Stein Auditorium, International Habitat Centre, 7.30pm and from Novemebr 16-18th at the Epicentre, Gurgaon every day at 7.30pm. The gala final is on the 20th where the winner will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 50,000. The judges are Peter Verghese, High commissioner of Australia , Priyanka Gandhi and Nikhil Senapati Managing Director of Rio Tinto India. The audience vote is taken into account along with the judges’ vote.

Short+Sweet Delhi aims to scout talent in short play theatre from India. See the best in theatre from India, Australia and New Zealand as the biggest festival of short plays of Australia now launches itself in India.

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