WEEK 2 PREVIEW
SHORT+SWEET THEATRE ILLAWARRA 2018
18th to 21st October 2018
at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston –
Home of the Phoenix Theatre Company
Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday 5:30pm
The official Presentation Ceremony and announcement of People’s Choice and Judges Choice winners will take place following the final Sunday Performance.
Short+Sweet – the world’s largest little play festival – launched in the Illawarra for the very first time 4 – 7 October in Shellharbour, and will complete its Top-20 Season in Coniston with eleven brand new pieces of ten-minute theatre.
Opening week two is WAITING FOR MASTERCHEF written and directed by one of the Illawarra’s most loved and respected artists, Will Worthington and is presented by ITC group Eat Will’s Shorts. Our opening piece features an all-star Illawarra cast, all having tasted success in Short+Sweet Sydney over the last few years – with Bradley Ward (Doctors Orders, and Sydney 2017 Gala Finalist in Time Squad), Sophie Bentley (2018 Sydney Gala Finalist in The Quality of Life) and Arthur Gallagher (2018 Sydney Wildcards Finalist Badda Bing Badda Bang). Together, this dynamic trio play three protagonists absorbed in their digital detritus who try to find meaning.
Our second play of week two is written by one of the Illawarra’s most respected and experienced writers, especially in the ten-minute theatre form. Writer Tom Peach has written in every one of Black Box Theatre’s 24 Hour Theatre Project since its Wollongong launch five years ago and has had multiple stagings of his play in Short+Sweet Sydney including (Doctor’s Orders and 2018 Wildcard Finalist Badda Bing Badda Bang). THE GODDESS is presented by ITC group duGarde and is Directed by prolific playwright and SPAT director Bernadette Le Mesurier.
This ‘two-hander’ piece stars Kaylee Ashton and Sevgi Murphy who play Thalia and Sharon. The two characters were BFFs (‘best friends forever for those wondering’) at school, then Sharon married Thalia’s father. Now he’s dead and they must write his epitaph together.
Third on the lineup is SIGN OF THE TIMES written by Sydney playwright Crystal Jane as is directed by Andrew Cremen from Wollongong University Dramatic Society. Starring Raisa Ryma, Rylie Vaccaro, Elise Vohradsky, Bobby Le and Jai Szwec, the cast play six people who reflect on an incident on the train the day before where a tradie called an Islamic girl a terrorist.
USA playwright Rich Orloff’s play A WOMB WITH A VIEW is next up, directed by Karen Beavis and starring a talented all-female ensemble, including Week 1 actors Isabella Whitcher, Abbey Mcdonald and Lily Christie Daly (director of People’s Choice winner Is This A Dream) along with the very talented Melanie Ringer, and Samantha Brownlee-Knight. A young girl, minutes away from being born, has a team doing a final check when she starts having second thoughts about leaving the comfort of her current home. Then the contractions begin…
Adding a taste of Hollywood to our Illawarra festival is FIFTEEN SECONDS written by American writer and Emmy Award winner (outstanding comedy series) Ken Levine, who has worked on a number of television series including M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, Wings, Everyone Loves Raymond, Becker and Dharma and Greg.
Stepping in to the directors chair for her debut is the talented Inga Silfr Jon, who has thrived working with her talented cast, Zac Chadwick and Naoise Champion (actress in People’s Choice winning production Is This A Dream). A young couple make eye contact for the first time and it could change both of their lives.
Closing our first half of week 2 is COUNTERPOINTS written by Nicholas Fitzpatrick-Fuller, and directed by Jarrod Sleiman who returns to the director’s chair after directing the Short+Sweet Sydney 2018 Wildcard Finalist play Badda Bing Badda Bang. Counterpoints is presented by our week-2 host theatre company Phoenix Theatre and stars Oscar Baker, Kiah Sassall and Cameron Johnston. Our ‘hero’, Mike introduces his Commie-Atheist brother, Jack to his girlfriend over dinner-with messy results!
If six plays in the first half haven’t satisfied your appetite, we still have five cracker plays in the second half, starting with SLOW DATING who have made the epic road trip from the far south coast (Lochiel/Pambula near the Victorian border) to perform with us at Short+Sweet Illawarra. Footprint Theatre Company presents Sydney writer Adam Szudrich’s monologue which is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Actor Penelope Hunt plays 70-something happily married Ester, who drops in to a ‘speed dating’ event for seniors that leads her to making a difficult decision.
Following his acting performance in Waiting For Masterchef, the versatile Arthur Gallagher steps into the director’s chair, taking the helm of OH NO A GHOST written by our festival Stage Manager James Turnbull and starring Cara Severino (who directed week-1 director’s choice winning play Threatened Panda Fights Back), Short+Sweet Sydney Wildcard winning actor Bryson Grenfell (Badda Bing Badda Bang) and Short+Sweet Sydney regular Sam Lovell (Doctor’s Orders, Badda Bing Badda Bang, Time Squad). Being a real estate agent is hard, especially when the house you’re trying to sell is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a murder victim.
Making the trek down the M1 from Sydney is the vibrant and hilarious comedy monologue REALITY CHECK BY ELIZABETH written, directed and starring the hugely talented Annisa Belonogoff who plays a single girl trying to navigate her way through the online dating world from home.
Our tenth play for week-2 is the thought-provoking CONTEXT written by American writer John C. Davenport. Context is directed by one of our most promising director debutants Laryssa Sutherton and boasts an impressive cast including Bradley Ward and Zac Chadwick who both back-up from their previous week-2 plays (Waiting For Masterchef and Fifteen Seconds), Phoenix Theatre favourite actress Gillian Meers and Olivia Harris who returns from her triumphant performance in week-1 People’s Choice winning production Is This A Dream. These characters, involved in a break-up, say what’s on their minds – but not to each other.
Our final play for Short+Sweet Illawarra will be the supercharged comedy THE DEATH OF NIGHTSTICK which is co-written by award-winning playwright Alexander Cuff, Sam Lovell and Jarrod Sleiman, is presented by ITC group Cerberus Theatre Company and directed by Sam Sweeting – who is making his Short+Sweet directing debut after working as an actor in our Sydney festival over the last few years (Time Squad, Badda Bing Badda Bing, Doctor’s Orders). Starring Justin Clayden, Anna Murphy, Freya Jarrett and Short+Sweet Sydney experienced actor Alex Groombridge (Time Squad, The Human Trap) who returns from her highly-acclaimed performance in week-1 play For Hire.
Tickets for week 2 are available through Trybooking.com and are $27 Adult, $22 Concession and $17 for Children requiring a seat. Our week 2 plays may contain coarse language, sexual references, simulated combat and drug references. Parental supervision recommended for children under fifteen years of age.
Produced by Black Box Productions
in association with the Roo Theatre Company and the Phoenix Theatre
WEEK 2 (11 Plays)
18-21 OCTOBER 2018
Bridge Street Theatre Coniston
Home of the Phoenix Theatre
$27 Adult, $22 Concession, $17 Child
Executive Producer | Festival Director