Just thought I’d post these great pictures from the last production of my short play The Unexpected at Short+Sweet Dubai 2016.
In what I believe to be a first for any of my productions around the world, the entire cast was all from a single family. Lisa Harter played the role of Lisa, Clara Harter played Jeannie, and Paul Harter (in his stage debut no less) played Robert. Talk about keeping it in the family!
Although the play missed out on making the finals, it looks like a great time was had by all. I have it on good authority the performance got more than its fair share of laughs.
Big thanks to the Harter crew for taking it on. It’s nice to know theatre can still be a family affair.
Ok, I’ll quit the family cliches … now …
Lisa Harter in The Unexpected (Short+Sweet Dubai 2016)
Clara Harter in The Unexpected (Short+Sweet Dubai 2016)
Lisa and Clara Harter in The Unexpected (Short+Sweet Dubai 2016)
Paul Harter in The Unexpected (Short+Sweet Dubai 2016)
My short play The Unexpected enjoyed a solid run last week as part of Week 3 of Short+Sweet Sydney 2016. The big winners for the week were Baby Blues (Judge’s Choice), written and performed by Canberra actor/puppeteer Ruth Pieloor, and Take Two (People’s Choice), written by Natalie Banach. Congrats to all involved!
Lynn Belvedere has written a short review of the week on Sydney Arts Guide. Of The Unexpected, Belvedere wrote:
Katie Fairbrother plays Lisa, the Mother and Bridget Durkin is Jeannie, the daughter in THE UNEXPECTED. Both have important news, but their long unresolved mother/daughter issues constantly get in the way in this situation drama, which struck an all too familiar chord with many women in the audience. This poignant comedy drew well deserved applause. Writer: Greg Gould, Director: Adam Grubner.
In other unexpected news, The Unexpected will also be included in the Short+Sweet Dubai 2016. This version is presented by Presented by the ASD Adult Theatre Group and will be directed by Lisa Harter. It will be performed on February 19 and 20 at The Junction theatre.
Never ceases to amaze me how a dormant play can suddenly become active again! Great to see these characters up and about.
To celebrate Last Drinks doing the rounds with Shorter+Sweeter: The Best of Short+Sweet Dubai, I’ve decided to post a couple Last Drinks related videos.
The first is a recording of Last Drinks being performed at Short+Sweet Dubai 2014. Presented by Backstage, it was directed by Rashmi Kotriwala and performed by Rohit Prakash and Aswathi Menon. The video’s a little rough, but all the gags are there!
The second video is a segment from the Show Bizz television program. Presented by City 7, the UAE’s first local English language television channel, it gives a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Shorter+Sweeter production in Dubai last month. Heavily featured is Beth Burrows, who played the role of Mel. She even says some nice things about my script!
Did you miss out on seeing Last Drinks at Shorter+Sweeter on the 7th and 8th of May? Don’t worry there’s another performance happening at the Abu Dhabi Theatre on Saturday 30th May.
Can’t make that? Still no need to worry. Ruth Badley has written a great review/round-up of her favourite plays from the show. She said this about Last Drinks:
The black comedy, Last Drinks, introduced a deliciously odd pair with a curious synergy. Ben is determined to die but every attempt to commit suicide ends in failure, whilst Mel, in full bridal regalia is drowning her sorrows after her umpteenth potential husband expired before he could make it up the aisle. Over drinks they share their sorrows and discover they are made for each other – just before the final, laughable catastrophe.
You can read the full write-up over at Ruth’s blog. You can find out more about Last Drinks on the Short Plays page.
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!