There’s plenty of Gold Coast tal­ent hit­ting the stage this week as per­form­ers and di­rec­tors race the clock in a col­lec­tion of 10-minute plays and cabaret acts

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - COAST WEEKEND -

ELVIS is Dead is one of more than 20 plays com­ing to the Gold Coast for a fes­ti­val of 10-minute stage shows.

Re­becca Elise Lamb – a Bris­banereared ac­tor, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer who launched her ca­reer play­ing Bat Girl at Gold Coast’s Movie World – di­rects the Cana­dian com­edy, penned by James Hutchin­son.

Lamb se­lected the play from a cat­a­logue of works to be pre­sented by acts in this year’s Short + Sweet Fes­ti­val which re­turns to The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast for a sec­ond year.

“There was a short­list of about 50 plays and this one stuck out for me,’’ Lamb says. “Elvis is Dead is set in a fu­ture where all of mankind’s knowl­edge is on a hard drive. Then the hard drive crashes.”

Elvis is Dead stars Gold Coast ac­tor Ni­cola Stewart and Bris­bane ac­tors Richard Mur­phy and Alex Wat­son with pro­duc­tion de­sign by Michelle Peloe and poster de­sign by Chris Mac­di­vitt.

It is one of dozens of bite-sized plays and acts that fea­ture dur­ing theatre and cabaret pro­grams which play in The Space and The Base­ment at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast this week­end and next.

Short + Sweet launched on Thurs­day and gives au­di­ences the chance to see up to 10 short plays or six late-night cabaret acts per­formed back to back.

Au­di­ences can vote for their favourites with the win­ners to com­pete at Pow­er­house Bris­bane at the end of the month for the chance to com­pete in a na­tional fi­nal.

Short + Sweet Fes­ti­val: The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast – To­day, 1.30pm, 7pm, 9pm; Thurs­day and Fri­day, 7pm; Satur­day, Au­gust 7, 1.30pm, 7pm, 9pm. Cost from $28.

The stars of Elvis is Dead warm up for their Short + Sweet Fes­ti­val per­for­mance.

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