Super stoked that my short play The Hold Up has won the Judges Choice for Week 6 of Short+Sweet Sydney 2019. We were also co-winners for the People’s Choice vote too!
As a result, we have been granted direct entry into the Gala Final event happening on 27 April at 7.30pm and 28 April at 6.00pm at the Tom Mann Theatre in Surry Hills.
I’ve had a few plays in Short+Sweet Sydney before, but this is the first time I have taken a Canberra cast to the event, or taken on the role of director.
I’ve also been told that Canberra productions taking part in Short+Sweet Sydney have traditionally found it hard to win over the big city crowds, so I was more than a little nervous about how it would all turn out.
Luckily, my stellar cast of Peter Fock, Michael Ubrihien, and Philip Meddows brought the goods. They were charming, funny, and utterly unflappable in the face of a new stage, new crowd and a few minor technical difficulties along the way.
In fact, they were so good that one reviewer wrote that the play was a:
Quick-fire comedy with so many memorable and just very wrong one-liners, provided huge laughter frenzy all in under ten minutes.
After taking out Best Production, People’s Choice, Best Script, and Best Actor (for Peter Fock) at Short+Sweet Canberra 2018, my short play The Hold Up has been invited to take part in Short+Sweet Sydney 2019.
I’ll be returning to the director’s chair along with original cast members Michael Ubrihien and Peter Fock.
Cameron Thomas couldn’t come back as our robber (Shakespeare was calling) but luckily the fabulously talented Philip Meddows has agreed to step into the role.
So far rehearsals have been a blast. I have no doubt these cool cats are going to light up the big city stage!
The Hold Up is in Week 6 of Short+Sweet Sydney from 14 – 17 March at the Tom Mann Theatre (Surrey Hills). Tickets are available at Ticket Tailor.
I’m a bit late posting, but my newest short play The Hold Up recently took part in Short+Sweet Canberra 2018 (from 17 – 28 April 2018).
We had a fantastic run! Not only did we take out Peoples’ Choice and Judges’ Choice for Week One, we also took out a swag of awards at the Gala Final!
Best Production: The Hold Up
People’s Choice: The Hold Up
Best Script: Greg Gould
Best Actor: Peter Fock
Overall it was a great festival. Very well organised and a lot of fun to be part of. There were also a bunch of other plays on show that were fantastic. My faves included “Miss”, “A Letter to Harold”, “Wannabe”, “One Night Stan”, “Drink Water” and “Still Life”. All well written. All well acted.
I don’t usually like directing my own writing (or any writing really), but I had a great time working with my fantastic cast.
Michael Ubrihien, Peter Fock and Cameron Thomas were amazing.
I was confident the script was solid, but these guys really took it to a whole other level. The way they managed to bring these characters to life with such energy and empathy was brilliant.
They were also utterly hilarious! Loved hearing the audience bellow with laughter. Also loved hearing them chortle with anticipation for all the pre-seeded gags. It really warms a writer’s heart!
I’m told that The Hold Up now also qualifies for Short+Sweet Sydney in early 2019. Still feels like a long way away, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays in the big smoke!
Full results for Short+Sweet Canberra 2018 can be found on their Facebook page.
Very happy to hear that Stargazersmade the podium of each category of Week 8 of Short+Sweet Sydney 2017. It placed third for People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice. Well, kind of. There was a tie for second in the Judge’s Choice, so it was technically fourth! Still, considering there was 12 plays on the bill, this is a fantastic effort!
Big congrats to director Simeon Yialeloglou and his cast – Blake Eaton, Georgia Heiniger and David Quinn. Wish I could have been there to see it come to life.
Congrats also to the winning plays – One Punch,Game of the Century, and Floss.
Below are some Stargazers pics by Robert Miniter. There is also a short but positive review in the Sydney Arts Guide if you’re keen for a read.
My short play Stargazers is set to hit the boards as part of Week 8 of Short+Sweet Sydney 2017 from Wednesday 1 March to Sunday 5 March at The Depot Theatre.
This little play has been popping up all over the place. After making the finals of Short+Sweet Hollywood in late 2016, it was also part of Moment to Moment’s Pub Theatre season in Melbourne just a few weeks back.
The S+S Sydney version of Stargazers will be directed by Simeon Yialeloglou and will feature Blake Eaton, Georgia Heiniger and David Quinn.
Stargazers is one of my favourite short plays, so I’m super bummed I won’t be able to get up to see this performance. However, there will be plenty of Canberra actors hitting the same stage, including Sreejith Gangadharan and Nithin Balakrishnan (in The Bridge) and Nick Steain (in Judgment Days). No doubt I’ll hear all about it!
If you’re Sydney based and want to catch the shows, you can book tickets here. Be quick, many Week 7 shows were sold out!
I was super surprised and super delighted to learn that my short play Stargazers will be part of the inaugural Short+Sweet Hollywood in September.
This is the first time a Short+Sweet Festival has run in the US, and it will mark the occasion with a three week season at the Stella Adler Theatre, Los Angeles. About 60 directors and more than more than 160 actors will present creative, funny, touching and avant-garde works from 60 short-play writers.
Stargazers will be in Week 1 of proceedings from September 8 to 11. It will be directed by LA based theatre maker, Julie Briggs, and will feature Hannah Mae Sturges, Matt Swain and Hannes Phinney. Here’s what Julie said about her motivation for choosing Stargazers from the 132 available scripts:
“So funny, romantic, surprising, silly and hopeful. It’s a perfectly constructed 10-minute play. Smart, crisp writing, great characters, high stakes, a ticking clock. So good!”
Best. Feedback. Ever.
Short+Sweet Hollywood runs from 8 – 25 September. If you happen to be in La La Land, you can book tickets via Brown Paper Tickets.
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 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.
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.
I’m pumped that my short play The Unexpected will be hitting the boards again at Short+Sweet Sydney 2016. The Unexpected will be part of Week 3 of the festival, which takes place on 20-24 January at The Depot Theatre, Marrickville. It will be directed by the talented Adam Grubner.
This is the fourth production of The Unexpected, and it always amazes me how wonderfully diverse each of the performances are. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Adam and his team bring The Unexpected’s quirky mother-daughter dynamic to life.
Week 3 also includes The Goon, by ten-minute-play veteran Pete Malicki, and Baby Blues, written and performed by Canberra actor and puppeteer, Ruth Pieloor. Overall it’s shaping up to be a lot of fun.