Short + Sweet

short + sweet

Now entering its eighth year, Short+ Sweet is the biggest festival of ten minute theatre in the world. Held annually at Newtown Theatre and the Seymour Centre in Sydney and national and internationl venues the festival has already helped launch the careers of countess theatre professionals.

Featuring over 150 of the best ten minute plays from local and international writers, Short+Sweet utilizes the talents of Sydney and Melbourne's best young and established directors, actors and technical personnel to produce some of the best theatre on the planet.
Short+ Sweet starts with a call for submissions from playwrights and independent theatre companies. Last year over 1200 scripts were received! Assessors read the scripts and produce a shortlist. New and established directors select one play each, and cast the roles, primarily with actors seen at the Short+Sweet open auditions. Hundreds of actors get to perform in Short+ Sweet. During the Festival, Short+ Sweet presents ten different plays each week, and climaxes with a gala final and awards night, complete with a panel of industry judges. Short+Sweet Melbourne 2007 awarded over $32,000 of prizes.
An education program for participants is also provided through Masterclass sessions with some of Australia's and the world's leading theatre professionals to help inspire the next generation of theatre artists.

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Impulse Theatre


The company was established in 2002 by a core group of theatre practitioners headed by Stephen Wallace to not only produce dramatic works but also explore ways of training that might enable actors to find more truth in performance.

Most of the original group have stayed with the company to perform in our productions of OEDIPUS THE KING (Burton Street Theatre, 2003), LYSISTRATA (Burton Street Theatre, 2004), COSI (Newtown Theatre, 2006) and AWAY (Newtown Theatre, 2007 & 2008). Our production of the short play, STOLEN, at the Short & Sweet Festival in 2006 won the Best Actress Award for one of our members, Majella O'Shea. We have also produced a short film, DISCONNECTED, the first of a number of planned film projects.

Our training workshops start with intensive physical training combined with ritual and group impulse exercises based on the teachings of Jerzy Grotowski, who devised a system to eliminate resistance to the creative process, allowing the actor to react completely and spontaneously in performance. We also incorporate techniques and exercises derived from Meisner, Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg and Hayes Gordon.

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The Newtown Entertainment Precinct Association


NEPA is an initiative by the theatres of the Newtown precinct to work together to promote Newtown as an entertainment precinct. Traditionally there has been a great synergy between theatres and vibrant street life precincts. The Association is committed to enhance this synergy, celebrate the diversity of street life and provide greater co-operation and support between the businesses and various groups in the precinct.

The foundation members comprise: The Edge, the Enmore Theatre, New Theatre, Newtown Theatre, Pact Youth Theatre, Seymour Theatre Centre and Sidetrack Performance Group.

Both Marrickville Council and City of Sydney Council have provided vital support to the development of the Association and the furtherance of its aims and objectives.

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