Short and Sweet Theatre

Short and Sweet


Held annually at King Street Theatre in Sydney, Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne, Lasalle and The Esplanade Theatre Centre in Singapore, KLPAC in Malaysia, as well as Brisbane, Canberra and the Central Coast of NSW – and from January 2010 at the Herald Theatre at THE EDGE in Auckland – the festival has already helped launch the careers of countless theatre professionals.

Each year Short+Sweet Theatre presents over 300 of the best ten minute plays from local and international writers in our festivals worldwide, utilizing the talents of the best young and established directors, actors and technical personnel to create some of the best theatre on the planet.


Short+Sweet Theatre starts with an annual call for submissions from playwrights and Independent Theatre Companies (ITCs) across the globe. Each year we receive around 2000 scripts and submissions from all over the world.

Scripts are then assessed by Short+Sweet Theatre’s highly acclaimed three-stage assessment process. A shortlist of the best works entered to each festival is then determined.

Short+Sweet Theatre directors then select one play each to direct, and actors auditions for roles through our open Short+Sweet Theatre auditions, held in each host city. Hundreds of actors get to perform in Short+Sweet Theatre every year.

During the Festival, Short+Sweet Theatre presents ten different plays each week, and climaxes with a Gala Final and Awards night, complete with a panel of industry judges, where generous cash and industry prizes are presented.

In Short+Sweet Theatre Melbourne 2008 the prize pool was over $32,000 while in Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney artists in the Gala Final have their work recorded to be broadcast on Movie Extra.

An education program for participants is also provided through Masterclass sessions with some of the world’s leading theatre professionals, such as Sir Ian McKellen, to help inspire the next generation of theatre artists.

Welcome to the world of Short+Sweet Theatre. A more creative world – ten minutes at a time!

Contact: Kate Gaul
Email: kate.jane.gaul (at)