THE “world's biggest little play festival” came to the South East over the weekend, with writers, actors and directors from the Bombala district involved in the exciting event that was enjoyed in Merimbula.
The SHORT+SWEET Festival boasted full houses throughout both its Friday night and Saturday shows, and there has been high praise for each and every performance.
The festival took the form of ten short plays in three performances over the two days, and these showcased the remarkable talents of more than 40 writers, directors and actors from the South East region.
This includes Bombala’s Sophie Campbell who wrote one of the pieces, and her daughter, Chloe who acted in the play, titled ‘Busted’.
Meanwhile our own Deb Foskey directed ‘Crushed’ written by Rosslyn Thomas, and Delegate’s Jonathan Bignell acted in the role of Stinky in ‘The Crown vs James Evans’.
This was in fact the overall winning production of SHORT+SWEET in Merimbula, with the results of the festival as follows -
People's Choice Award: Border Patrol (writer/director David Stocker).
Best Overall Production: James Evans vs The Crown (writers Brendan Ryan & Kevin Armstrong, directed by Brendan Ryan).
Best Script: Border Patrol (David Stocker).
Best Director: Patrick O'Halloran (The Labour).
Best Male Actor: Chris Newens (The Labour).
Best Female Actor: Liz Brennan (Border Patrol).
Encouragement Award: Connor Gourlay (Hot Chick Goes Out for a Duck, The Labour).
The festival audiences voted for the People's Choice Award while professional judges selected the Best Script, Director, Production and Actors.
All in all the SHORT+SWEET Festival was a great success, with our local participants as well as the event’s organisers – and most importantly, the audience - delighting in the event.