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2013 Short+Sweet launch - 13 Dec Seymour Centre

BY Geoff Sirmai, Short+Sweet PR | 07-Dec-2012
The world’s largest short play festival announces its program. Short+Sweet Sydney launches its 2013 festival at a free event next Thursday evening at the Seymour Centre. Sydney’s finest exponents of the short form play will gather to hear the official announcement of which ten-minute gems will premiere in Sydney this summer.

Festival Director Pete Malicki will announce the full program (to be published live on our website the following morning) as well as highlighting some of the featured artists, themes and special tidbits to come!

This is also a great opportunity to meet some of our wonderful participants and key organisers of this year's festival. There will be entertainment, nibbles and some of Sydney's freshest and most talented artists attending.

Short+Sweet - which features independent judges as well as audience voting - is in its 12th season. The internationally successful franchise will present 140 works from 9 January through to early March at King Street Theatre, Newtown as well as a People’s Choice finalists week at the Sidetrack Theatre, Marrickville. The Top 100 feature Wednesday to Sunday and the popular Wildcard program this year features a tighter, shorter season but now running to 3 performances, Saturday, Sunday matiness and Monday nights – with its own finals at Sidetrack. “More bang per buck” says Malicki.

The festival climaxes with the Gala Finals at the Seymour Centre on 22 and 23 March where the winning play from each of the festival’s ten weekly programs, the best Wildcard play and the People’s Choice will all face off, competing for awards and rich prizes.

Short+Sweet began life in Newtown has expanded nationally to Melbourne, the Central Coast, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Townsville and Rockhampton; as well as internationally to Auckland, Malaysia, Singapore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru. In NSW alone, successful regional festivals have recently taken place in Dubbo and Broken Hill with five more online in 2013. The Short+Sweet family includes dance, cabaret, musical, youth and touring versions. It is, quite simply, conquering the world… ten minutes at a time.

Malicki said that in its ten year history Short+Sweet Sydney has presented more than 2000 of the best ten minute plays from writers all over the world, with more than half of those coming from Australian writers. 3500 actors and 1600 directors have taken part with hundreds more staff, volunteers and crew members.

“In fact if you add up all the people who’ve been involved with Short+Sweet Sydney over the years the number is in the realm of a whopping 10,000!”

Highlights this year include “Harry Potter in 10 minutes”, the return of award-winning (Short+Sweet and Tropfest) Downs Syndrome actor Gerard O’Dwyer and famed Sydney actor-director Lex Marinos.

Visiting independent theatre companies (ITCs) presenting include those from Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, Dubbo, Broken Hill, Canberra… and India.

“Chennai-based theatre company Stray Factory are bringing their play My Name is Cine Ma to Sydney, direct from it having recently scooped the awards at Short+Sweet Chennai, Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur.

“Short+Sweet creates opportunities; that is why I’m so passionate about the festival. Artists are exposed to a huge number of producers, agents, venue managers, arts administrators, audience of course and – arguably of most importance – fellow artists. The alchemy of the Short+Sweet formula is its magical appeal.”

Short+Sweet Launch: 13th December 2012 at 6.30pm

Seymour Centre, corner City Road and Cleveland Streets, Darlington

The full program of works for Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2013 will be announced at the launch and published the following day at www.shortandsweet.org/shortsweet-theatre/Sydney