The unexpected revival of The Unexpected

Short + Sweet Sydney 2016
Short + Sweet Sydney 2016

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.

Tickets for Short+Sweet can be purchased direct from the Short+Sweet website.

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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 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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Another round for Last Drinks

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Shorter+Sweeter 7 & 8 May 2015

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!

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