THE top ten plays that have been selected for the inaugural Merimbula Short+Sweet Festival were announced last week, with our local talents being well represented in the mix.
‘Busted’, written by Mila’s own Sophie Campbell is on the winning list, with the lead role to be played by Sophie’s daughter, Chloe.
Another play to make the cut is ‘Crushed’ by Rosslyn Thomas, with this piece to be directed by Cabanandra’s Deb Foskey.
“The Short+Sweet initiative has had an overwhelming response in the
South East,” said Andrew Gray, General Manager of South East Arts.
“An incredible 30 new plays were penned by local writers, with many more people auditioning as actors and directors, demonstrating that there is a real interest in theatre culture in the region.”
The ten minute plays range in scope from love stories to relationship dramas to comedies, with a range of topics explored - from a woman’s obsession with the snails in her garden, to a pair of kangaroos in deep discussion at the side of a highway, to a chaotic sitting of the Bench of
Sophie Campbell’s ‘Busted’ is heavily influenced by her current fascination with Generation Y, with the synopsis of the play reading “technology is derailed as two teenagers uncover a kindred spirit at their local bus stop”.
Meanwhile, ‘Crushed’, which will be directed by Deb Foskey, also has a teen focus, reading “following the school camp, HSC student Sarah shows outside interests that concern her mother”.
When it comes to the Short+Sweet Festival, all actors, writers and directors are local and come from every corner of the South East.
There are participants from Tura Beach, Lochiel, Candelo, Bermagui, Tathra, Kalaru, Bald Hills, Pambula, Bemboka, Bombala, Bega, Merimbula and even across the border in Bonang.
The top 10 locally written plays will premiere at the Short+Sweet Festival on September 13 and 14 at Twyford Hall in Merimbula.
Audiences get to participate too, and can vote for their choice of Best Play on the night for the People’s Choice Award.
Tickets will be on sale online from August 10 at www.shortandsweet.org/merimbula
Short+Sweet Merimbula is supported by South East Arts and made possible by a grant from the NSW government through Arts NSW.
Production and crew members are still needed, so if you’d like to find out more or get involved contact Short+Sweet Coordinator Lis Shelley on 02 6495 7435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Short+Sweet Theatre will take place in five regional centres in 2013 – in
Riverina, Mudgee, Dubbo, Albury-Wodonga and Merimbula and is the biggest festival of ten minute theatre on the planet with Short+Sweet festivals performed from Melbourne to Sydney and even Dubai.