A wise person once posed a simple but profound question: “Why not put plays in a pub?”
Ok, I’m not sure if it was a wise person. In fact, I don’t even know who it was at all. But someone must have said those words, because the good people at Moment to Moment Theatre Co. are doing just that – they’re putting plays in pubs.
Pub Theatre is a collection of six short Australian plays, performed by the ensemble of Melbourne-based Moment to Moment Theatre Co. I am lucky enough to have two plays included in the line-up – ‘Stargazers‘ and ‘Last Drinks‘.
It kicks off on 8 February at the Dan O’Connel Hotel (Melbourne). Over two weeks it will encompass 9 shows, 6 plays and 3 pubs!
It’s been a pretty crazy month. I started a new job, had a birthday, found out some awesome news about a play of mine that’s currently in development with Budding Theatre (more on that soon), and had two plays in L’amour et la mort.
And just when I thought it was done, I find out that three more of my plays are bouncing around stages across the world.
This is the second time I’ve been included in Short+sweet Manila, with Last Drinks taking part in the 2014 festival.
The third play, Smart Jimmy, Slow Bob, has been included in Shorter+Sweeter in Dubai on October 29. This show looks very interesting. It consists of five winning plays from various Short+Sweet festivals in one night. The other writers on the bill include Alex Broun, Kate Toon, Angie Farrow, and Tim Hehir – a fine list of folks to be sharing the stage with.
Honestly, I had no idea either of these productions were happening until about a week ago. In the 10-minute play scene, this will happen from time to time. Not that I am complaining. I’m just stoked that these little plays are still floating about, and hopefully giving some people a few laughs.
Short+Sweet Canberra 2015 wrapped up on Saturday 15 August with the Gala Final at the Courtyard Studio Theatre. I am delighted that The Truth About Mum and Dad picked up a few gongs: People’s Choice and Best Script.
My cast were also among the winners! Brendan Kelly took out best male actor for his portrayal of Jason, and Jess Waterhouse was nominated for best female actor for playing Mel. Brendan and Jess nailed their performances and took my script to a whole other level. Congrats and gratitude to both.
Truth be told, I am humbled the play took out the awards it did. There were a bunch of fantastic plays on offer that could have scooped the awards pool.
Alison McGregor’s Beautiful, featuring her beloved burlesque character Sparkles, was a shining light throughout the festival – funny, clever, poetic, and theatrical in every sense of the word.
Ruth Pieloor’s Baby Blues, featuring a hilarious puppet baby, wonderfully exposed the (often self-inflicted) neuroses of a new parent. As a new father, this one struck a few chords for me!
Pete Malicki and Alex Broun, veterans of the 10-minute-play format, also put up some great work. Malicki’s The Long Game was tightly written and superbly performed by Sydney-based actor, Yannick Lawry. Broun’s Grace was spectacularly staged and moving. When these guys put up work, you’re rarely disappointed.
My favourite play at the Gala however was Kirsty Budding’s Sluts and Stars. Budding is a driven and talented local playwright and theatre-maker. Her work with younger performers is especially outstanding. Sluts and Stars was another great example of her ability to crack open the mind of a modern teenager in a way that is enlightening, empathetic, and not afraid to ask the important questions.
The end of Short+Sweet Canberra 2015 also marks the end of Kate Gaul’s oversight of the event. After three years as festival director, Kate will be handing the reigns over to local theatre-man Trevar Alan Chilver. No doubt Trevar will bring Short+Sweet back bigger than ever in 2016.
Congrats to everyone involved in this year’s festival. A lot of fun was had by all.
I was delighted and honoured to learn that my ten-minute play, Last Drinks, has been selected for Shorter+Sweeter – the best of Short+Sweet Dubai.
Shorter+Sweeter will be at the Madinat Theatre on May 7th and 8th, followed by another performance at the Abu Dhabi Theatre on Saturday 30th May.
The show is a collection of ten ten-minute plays, all chosen from the first three years of Short+Sweet Dubai. The plays were selected by Artistic Director Liz Hadaway, along with Associate Director Sidd Jose, to create a well-balanced and entertaining evening of world class theatre. Last Drinks will be performed by Beth Burrows and Mike Green.
The full line-up of plays include:
Tagged by Russell Bell
No. 22 by Adele Vuko
Friends and Colleagues by Cliff Single
Last Drinks by Greg Gould
Perfect Stillness by Jane Miller
The Royal Shakespeareans present ‘Romeo & Juliet’ by Vikram Ahuja, Salman Qureshi and Hananah Zaheer
somewhere between the sky and the sea by Alex Broun
Treteau by Sanjeev Dixit (guest production)
Sure Thing by David Ives (guest production)
All of the selected plays are stellar and have won a number of Short+Sweet awards both in Dubai and around the world. Details about each play can be found at Short+Sweet.
Last Drinks was first produced at Short+Sweet Dubai 2014 by Backstage. It was directed by Rashmi Kotriwala and performed by Rohit Prakash and Aswathi Menon.
If you can’t get to Dubai to see the show in May, you can always read a copy of the script on my Short Plays page!