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Play festival boost for city

Monday, 7th May, 2012

SHORT+SWEET: Actors and playwrights are being now being sought by Theatre 44 for this festival of short local plays. SHORT+SWEET: Actors and playwrights are being now being sought by Theatre 44 for this festival of short local plays.

Theatre 44 is to host the city’s first ever Short+Sweet play festival in early October.

Known as “the biggest little play festival in the world,” Short+Sweet is a program to set up rural hubs of writers, directors and actors to create and perform local plays for audiences with the potential for them to be shared with all Australia - and the world.

In just 10 years the “Short+Sweet” short play festival has grown to be the biggest on the planet. 

The program, which is supported by the NSW Government through ArtsNSW, has produced thousands of new plays and showcased the talents of thousands of artists. 

Short+Sweet’s formula of short, tasty theatrical bites is a huge hit with participants and audiences everywhere. 

It includes dance, cabaret, musical theatre and special school-age versions of the festival. 

The local Short+Sweet program will include two heats and a final which will showcase the best talent and there will be prizes for the best plays, writers and directors.

The best work will also win a place in the annual Sydney Short+Sweet festival in 2013 as well as a chance to be performed overseas.

Plans for the festival are already well in train with a series of workshops on script writing, directing and acting confirmed for next month.

Applicants are being sought now.

West Darling Arts Communications Officer, Kylee Mitchell, will be coordinating the project.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Short+Sweet and creative artists in the West Darling to collaborate and create new, exciting stages for our voices to be heard,” Kylee said.

“It will be exciting to unearth new talent and then assist with their artistic development. 

“It’s also a chance for people in regional NSW to share their stories with all of Australia and the world.”

The free workshops for actors, directors and script writers will be held on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 at Theatre 44.

Writers, directors, actors and others interested in theatre are invited to contact Kylee Mitchell to express their interest. Phone 0420 998 023 or email kylee@shortandsweet.org for more information.

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