Short and sweet, and hard to beat

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

ARE dwin­dling at­ten­tion spans to blame? One-act plays are sud­denly all the rage, with a sideshow of works from the world’s largest 10-minute play fes­ti­val, Short+Sweet Theatre, in The Space, at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, next week. More than 200 artists per­form 40 new plays at venues from Bris­bane to the Gold Coast as part of Short+Sweet Syd­ney sideshows. From small be­gin­nings at Syd­ney’s New­town Theatre in 2002, the event now en­com­passes theatre, dance, mu­si­cal theatre and cabaret, pre­sent­ing more than 300 of the best 10-minute plays by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional writ­ers. The event has helped launch the ca­reers of count­less ac­tors, writ­ers and di­rec­tors and this year passes an as­tound­ing mile­stone – 1000 Aus­tralian plays on the stage. The event’s sideshows have spread to Melbourne, the Cen­tral Coast, Can­berra, Bris­bane and now the Gold Coast, Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia and New Zealand.

Short+Sweet plays The Space, at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, on Tues­day, Au­gust 2, at 7pm and Au­gust 3 at 3pm and 7pm. Tick­ets are $24 adults and $22 con­ces­sions.

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