Short and Sweet 2011


Short and Sweet Festival 2011A more creative world ten minutes at a time
Melbourne’s shortest and sexiest cabaret festival returns to Chapel Off Chapel under the artistic direction of Emma Clair Ford.  After the resounding success of the 2011 season, Emma is back for another year, featuring up to forty brand new, innovative acts from Australia’s freshest cabaret talent, for two weeks from October 26th to November 6th. Vaudeville, Burlesque, Comedy, Storytelling, Cabaret Noir – what ever your inclination, Short+Sweet Cabaret is bound to have something for you.Following quickly behind is the well established Short and Sweet Theatre season running from November 2nd to 12th. Experimental. Subversive. Dangerous. Sensual. Poetic. Funny. Disturbing. Transforming. Brilliant. Visual. Physical. Plays that catapult the next vanguard of Melbourne’s directors, actors, writers and independent theatre companies right in your face – ten minutes at a time.Under the new Artistic Direction of international award-winning theatre-maker & playwright Anthony Crowley – the 2011 Melbourne Festival will deliver up to forty new theatre works over two exhilarating weeks from November 2 to 12.Short+Sweet aims to provide established and emerging artists with a professional platform to create and present their work. And audiences have the unique opportunity to get involved by voting for their favorite piece! Meet the artists in the foyer and become a part of the conversation. Whatever your taste in the arts, one thing is for certain… A lot can happen in 10 minutes!
CABARETDates: October 27 – November 5 Gala Final November 6Time: Wednesday to Sunday, 7.30pm Gala Final 4pm and 8pm Venue: Chapel Off Chapel – 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran, MelbourneCost: $30 Full, $25 Concession and Group 10+ (+ Transaction Fee) (Gala final; $35 Full, $30 Concession and Group 10+  (+ Transaction Fee)Bookings:   HYPERLINK “” t “_blank”  9829 7000
THEATREDates:  November 2 – 11 Gala Final November 12Time:   Mon to Fri, 8pm Sat 4pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm & 7pm Venue: Chapel Off Chapel – 12 Little Chapel Street Prahran, MelbourneCost: $30 Full, $25 Concession and Group 10+ (+ Transaction Fee) (Gala final; $35 Full, $30 Concession and Group 10+  (+ Transaction Fee)Bookings:   HYPERLINK “” t “_blank”   9829 7000
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MEDIA RELEASE – For immediate release Mon 3 October 2011??SHORT+SWEET Theatre Festival, running from 31 October to 12 November 2011 is longer and juicier this year.In its 3rd successful year in Queensland SHORT+SWEET is now extending a creative arm to the Gold Coast. In 2011 the SHORT+SWEET Theatre Festival Brisbane+Gold Coast will host 30 writers, 20 directors, 12 Independent Theatre Companies and 100 actors at the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane and the Arts Centre Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise.Festival Director Sean Dennehy says “this is just the start, we have great creative communities south (Gold Coast), north (Sunshine Coast) and west (Toowoomba) of Brisbane and SHORT+SWEET is the type of Festival to bring them all together in the future”.The Gold Coast, for the first time, will host 10 plays over 3 days, while Brisbane will host 20 plays and then the Gala Final. At least 3 of the plays in the Gala Final will be from the Gold Coast. At current ticket prices that’s under $3 per play!Now in its tenth year SHORT+SWEET is the world’s largest 10-minute play festival and this year presented its 1000th new Australian work making it the largest producer of Australian theatre.Audiences are guaranteed 10 plays a night and no play will last more than 10 minutes or less; with attention spans shrinking this is great news – everyone loves a short night at the theatre! They also get the chance to be part of the judging process.The SHORT+SWEET franchise (since 2001 – as it started out in the late 90’s as the ‘biggest little play festival’) has expanded throughout Australia in recent years and now includes festivals in Sydney, Canberra, Central NSW, Brisbane, Melbourne, Rockhampton and Newcastle. This year, SHORT+SWEET will also have an international programme with festivals in Singapore, Malaysia, Taipei, Auckland, Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.SHORT+SWEET affords budding playwrights the opportunity of seeing their work come to life on stage –emerging actors, directors and local Independent Theatre Companies also have their chance of being seen in a professional environment by industry experts. It’s also about uncovering and developing new writers.TOP 30 Week 1: Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane Tuesday 1 – Thursday 3 November 7pmTOP 30 Week 2: Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers ParadiseFriday 4 November – Sunday 6 November 7.30pm (+ 2pm matinee on Saturday 5)TOP 30 Week 3: Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane Wednesday 9 November – Friday 11 November 7pmGALA Final: Judith Wright Centre, BrisbaneSaturday 12 November; Matinee 3pm Evening Show + Awards 7pmFor details of weekly program visit Bookings:Judith Wright Centre or 07 3872 9000 Tickets: Full $28 Concession $24 (booking fees may apply)Arts Centre Gold Coast or 07 5588 4000 Tickets: Full $25 Concession $22 (booking fees may apply)-ENDS-MEDIA CONTACT: For more information, exclusive interviews, photo opportunities.Tamsin Roseveare, sTAMp Marketing and PR 0417 779 838 / [email protected] Rosemary Walker, RAW Publicity 0409 069 700 or [email protected]???

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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