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Double Dipping at Short+Sweet Canberra 2016

Stargazers @ Short+Sweet Canberra 2016

Stargazers @ Short+Sweet Canberra 2016

It’s that time of the year when the action packed Short+Sweet ten-minute play festival rolls into town and sets up camp in the Courtyard Studio at the Canberra Theatre.

This year I am delighted to have two plays on the bill.

The first is The Assignment, a comedic piece about a group of uni students struggling to work together to finish off an important essay.

The second is Stargazers, a romantic comedy about two teenagers trying to unpack the meaning of life, love and the universe – a hard task made even more difficult when the eccentric Dr Ludwig enters with an earth-shattering interjection.

The Assignment @ Short+Sweet Canberra 2016

The Assignment @ Short+Sweet Canberra 2016

The Assignment will feature Judith Peterson, Mariè Strazdins and Declan Hastings, and will be directed by the awesome Philip Meddows. It will be part of the Wildcard shows at 2:30pm and 7pm on Saturday August 13.

Stargazers will feature Jaslyn Mairs, Austen Saunders and Peter Fock, and will be directed by the ever-insightful Arne Sjostedt. It will be playing throughout Week 2 of the festival from August 16–19 at 7:30pm.

Short+Sweet Canberra runs from 9-20 of August. Thirty ten minute plays, more than half written by playwrights from Canberra and the Capital Region, will be on offer. Tickets are now on sale via Canberra Theatre.

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Last Drinks at Best of Crash Test

Best of Crash Test @ Courtyard Studio

Best of Crash Test (25-26 June)

Super excited that my short play Last Drinks will hit the Canberra boards again as part of Best of Crash Test on 25 & 26 of June.

Last Drinks was my first Crash Test play back in 2012. Since then it has become one of my most performed pieces with almost a dozen productions throughout Australia and abroad. In 2013 it won People’s Choice at Short+Sweet Canberra and was a Gala Finalist in Short+Sweet Auckland. Recently it was part of the inaugural Shorts on Stage ten-minute play festival at Noosa Arts Theatre.

Apart from the buzz of getting to see Last Drinks live again, I’m excited that this version will feature the talents of Rob Defries and Helen Way. Rob and Helen were the first actors to take Last Drinks into the Crash Test arena, and I’ve been itching to get them back in the roles. Added to this, the awesome Phillip Meddows will be directing! What more could a playwright ask for?

Best of Crash Test is a celebration of Crash Test Drama Canberra, a moved reading event aimed at developing original work and fostering creative collaboration. Since kicking off in 2012, Crash Test has played a key role in the emergence of a dynamic, energetic and inclusive ten-minute play scene in the ACT. A number of writers, actors and directors that have taken part of Crash Test Drama Canberra have gone on to enjoy success in ten-minute play festivals and competitions worldwide.

The full line up for Best of Crash Test is:

  • “My Undies are Evil” written and directed by John Lombard
  • “A Dog’s Life” written and directed by Angus Algie
  • “Sprung” by Nigel Palfreman, directed by Kirsty Budding
  • “Cupid’s Waiting” by Kate Roediger, directed by Rob Defries
  • “Cuts” by Mary Langdon, directed by Marcus Freeman
  • “Wardrobe Diplomacy” by Harriet Elvin, directed by Amanda Gillespie
  • “Money Rats” by Kirsty Budding, directed by C.S. Carroll
  • “Last Drinks” by Greg Gould, directed by Philip Meddows

The plays range in subject and style, from outlandish comedy to subtle political satire. All look to be a lot of fun.

The Best of Crash test kicks off at 7pm on 25 & 26 of June at the Courtyard Theater.  Tickets are on sale via Canberra Theatre.  The show is produced by the ever-enterprising Budding Theatre.

Note: this show is not suitable for children. There will be bad words. And sexy words. But mainly bad words.

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Mum and Dad bring home the silver

Short+Sweet Silver!

Short+Sweet Silver!

Brendan Kelly and Jess Waterhouse

Brendan Kelly and Jess Waterhouse

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.

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The final truth

Brendan Kelly and Jess Waterhouse in The Truth About Mum and Dad

Brendan Kelly and Jess Waterhouse in The Truth About Mum and Dad

I’m pumped that my short play, The Truth About Mum and Dad, has been chosen to take part in the Short+Sweet Canberra 2015 Gala Final. The Gala Final consists of the best plays from both weeks of this year’s festival, including plays selected by anonymous judges and the most popular plays as voted by the audience.

The final takes place tomorrow (Saturday 15 August) with a matinee at 2:30pm followed by another performance at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale now through Canberra Theatre. As always, it looks to be a spectacular night of drama, frivolity and fun!

The Truth About Mum and Dad will also be in the Short+Sweet Queensland Gala Final on Friday 28 August at the Powerhouse Theatre. Tickets are on sale through the Powerhouse Theatre.

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The truth opens tonight at Short+Sweet Canberra

Brendan Kelly and Jess Waterhouse in The Truth About Mum and Dad

Brendan Kelly and Jess Waterhouse in The Truth About Mum and Dad

My short play The Truth About Mum And Dad opens tonight! One of over twenty short plays taking part in Short+Sweet Canberra 2015, the whole production is shaping up to be a cracker.

I went along to the dress rehearsal for Week 1 last night and was blown away by the local talent on display and the amazing variety of plays on offer. I especially enjoyed the look of Tampon Please! (written and directed by Genevieve Keneally) and Beautiful (written and performed by Alison McGregor). Both are confronting, funny, and more than a little bit subversive. Great stuff.

If your keen to taste test Canberra’s best bite sized theatre, be sure to check out Short+Sweet Canberra from 4 – 15 August. Tickets are available through Canberra Theatre.

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The truth is its own reward

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Short+Sweet Canberra, 4-15 August @ Courtyard Theatre

I was delighted to find out that my short play The Truth About Mum and Dad won the Judge’s Choice award at Short+Sweet Brisbane Week 1 a few weeks ago. The play has now qualified for the Short+Sweet Queensland Gala Final on Friday 28 August at the Powerhouse Theatre.

Big congrats to director Shae Riches and his cast for putting on such a great show. I know they worked hard to get the play primed for a stellar performance. If you’re in Brisbane on the 28 August be sure to check it out. Tickets are on sale through the Powerhouse Theatre.

Another rendition of The Truth About Mum and Dad is also about to kick off in week one of Short+Sweet Canberra from August 4 – 7 at the Courtyard Theatre. As always, Short+Sweet Canberra is brimming with local theatre talent. If you’re in Canberra and want a good excuse to get out of the cold, check it out! Tickets are on sale now through Canberra Theatre.

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The truth is out!

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The Truth About Mum and Dad at Short+Sweet Brisbane

After being longlisted for this year’s Pint Sized Play Competition in the UK, my short play The Truth about Mum and Dad will be popping up in a few Aussie-based festivals in the next couple of months.

First it will be seen at Short+Sweet Brisbane from July 9 – 11 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. It will be directed by Shae Riches and will feature Ben Knapton as Jason and Samantha Sherrin as Rachael. Check out the awesome poster!

About a month later it will be performed as part of Short+Sweet Canberra on August 4 – 7 at the Courtyard Theatre. This rendition will be directed by Greg Gould and will feature Brendan Kelly as Jason and Jess Waterhouse as Rachael.

Here’s the play’s synopsis:

Rachael is shocked to find her father’s car parked outside a brothel. But when she calls her brother Jason for support, she discovers there is a lot more to mum and dad’s sex life than she ever wanted to know.

If you’re in Canberra or Brisbane, be sure to check it out!

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