Brisbane Powerhouse – July 9 – 18
The Arts Centre Gold Coast – July 30 – August 8
There is a special kind of feeling that proceeds a festival program’s launch, when there is excitement in anticipation of exact show content, mixed with hope that preferred shows don’t clash. The great thing about the Short+Sweet Festival is that it is scheduling makes it possible to see everything the program has to offer, especially given that each show has precisely only ten minutes to present its performance to the audience. And if Short + Sweet shows offer bite sized tasters of theatre and cabaret, the sum total is sure to be quite the banquet.
This biggest little play festival in the world, now in its seventh year, offers a unique program of over 60 performances and over 250 artists presenting theatre, cabaret, and comedy as participants work towards gaining the coveted Festival titles, including Best Overall Production, Best Actor, Best Cabaret Artist and Audience Choice.
With so many shows, there is bound to be something for everyone with diverse scripts ranging from witty satire to heartbreaking drama, all within a ten minute timeframe, from some passionate local performers. As a platform for the development of new, original work and showcase of artists’ talents, there is immense value to Short+Sweet as a provider of some of exciting and interesting theatre, because it is all too easy to keep within the comfort of the mainstream theatre culture.
Tickets are now available for the festival, which runs from 9th to 18th July at the Brisbane Powerhouse and 30th July to 8th August at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. If good things come in small packages, then this year’s Short+Sweet promises a multitude of affordable goodness. And if last year’s shows are any indication, it is definitely worth a visit, because a lot can happen in ten minutes.
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