Short+Sweet Theatre Festival 2017 has two Indian entries: ‘Still Alive’ and ‘Brexit’

Short+Sweet Turns “Sweet 16” in January 2017
All-new short, tasty theatre treats for Sydney Summer

The biggest little theatre festival in the world, Short+Sweet, opens on Wed Jan 11 with the first of the summer’s selection of over 120 tasty, ten-minute bites.

Short+Sweet has spread the popular 10-minute format in theatre, dance, cabaret & comedy across Australia and the globe – with festivals now as far afield as Hollywood, India, Malaysia, Dubai and NZ. But the original theatre festival in its Sydney home is ‘sweet 16’ this year… and plans to celebrate in style!

New Festival director Wayne Tunks is actually a S+S ‘old hand’, having written, directed and acted in the fest since 2003. The prolific playwright has some innovations planned for this year.

He’s introduced a ‘Festival Director’s Choice’ in addition to the usual judges’ and audience picks.

“I am looking for challenging plays, ones that stand out not just for a punch line but for a cohesive team, a strong script and bloody good performances.”

Among the treats awaiting Sydney audiences, he highlighted the newest work by inaugural Short+Sweet Hollywood winner Jeffrey Fischer-Smith, “A Dog’s Dream” -a poignant play of gay love and loss. “Arthur and Marilyn” is a sweet play about the first meeting between Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. Acclaimed playwright Gavin Roach takes us for a controversial night at the home of George Brandeis in “At Home with Larry and George”. Jessica Fallico looks at a very current issue in “One Punch” and an award-winning play from Canberra’s festival, “Brexit” – by Indian writer Jayaprakash Kulur – will make its Sydney debut. Another Indian play ‘Still Alive’ presented by Nautanki Theatre will be staged in first week of February.

The play “Still Alive” – written and directed by Dilbagh Singh – features Dilroop Khangura and Shanelle Sin. Details in the attached brief for the play which will be performed nightly as part of program of 10 short plays from 1-5 February at the Depot Theatre in Marrickville.

‘Still Alive’ depicts an Australian girl going through a confused state of mind whether she is dead or alive. There is a moment of infatuation, an angel and devil all in one room.

Short+Sweet Theatre opens at the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd Marrickville on 11 January and runs through to March with both a Top 80 (Wed-Sun 7.30pm) and separate Wildcards program (Sat & Sun 4pm). The gala finals take place in March. Tickets are $30/$23 conc; more info, weekly program and bookings are all available at www.shortandsweet.org/sydney

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