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BY Sirmai Arts Marketing | 20-Mar-2017
After more than two months of heats and finals involving more than 120 plays and over 700 actors, writers and directors, the best of the fest were announced after the 3rd gala final performance.
A panel of industry experts made the final decisions as the judges’ choices (along with the People’s Choice audience vote winner) were announced.

Best Overall Production for 2017 went to Out of the Woods - written, directed & performed by Brenton Amies & Cam Ralph. The story of two former Children’s TV Hosts reuniting after a turbulent few years. A dark comedy featuring a fluffy bear! The play also picked up the award for the festival’s best poster. Brenton & Cam pictured left with festival director Wayne Tunks.

People's Choice was Adam Szudrich’s One Night Stan - directed by Grant Wilson and starring Gina Cohen, Ally O'Brien & Emma Caldwell. After an extended hiatus, Stan’s been playing the dating game - but what is he after? The play was also runner-up for Best Production.

Best Play went to Jasper Lee-Lindsay’s Arthur & Marilyn, directed by Danen Young, starring Meg Hyeronimus & Alec Ebert. A fictitious recount of the night Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe met, where a moment alone together sparked an iconic relationship. Hyeronimus and Ebert also picked up the Best Actress and Kerry Casey Memorial Best Actor awards. Alec, Meg and Jasper are pictured right with festival director Wayne Tunks.

Best Director went to Cecile Payet for Tapping Out by Maura Pierlot, starring Kaiya Bartholomew, Brayden Harry, Ethan Mestroni & Anton Smilek. Trapped in his psyche, a young man drawn to rhythm, rather than words, taps his feelings for the woman he loves in a desperate bid to ward off reality.

Addie Fowler was named Best New Talent, having directed and starred in Floss, and written and performed in Subterranean Home Sick Blues, Again.

Festival director Wayne Tunks said 2017 was an amazing year. “The plays were so strong and the Gala final reflected that. 11 brilliant plays with some very deserving and talented winners.”

Presenters were famous actors and Short+Sweet ‘alumni’ Nicole da Silva, Salvatore Coco & Barbara Gouskos, Short+Sweet Film and SF3 directors Angela Blake & Alison Crew, Depot Theatre GM Julie Baz, Short+Sweet founder and artistic director Mark Cleary & festival director Wayne Tunks. Notable among the prizes awarded, Ebert and Hyeronimus both received a year’s scholarship to Stella Adler acting studio in Los Angeles!

Short+Sweet Theatre Gala Final 16, 17 and 18 March 7.30pm the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd Marrickville.