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

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