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Shorts plays are a hit for regional audiences


Short+Sweet Regional is a 3 year program which offers free playwriting, directing, acting, fundraising and media workshops in the lead up to a Short+Sweet play festival in the participating region.  From these festivals, a play is chosen to be showcased at the Sydney Short+Sweet festival every year

This is the 2nd year the Short+Sweet program has been running at Orana Arts.

RADO, Alicia Leggett, found that the regional audience connected with the festival as it offers an entry into theatre for audience members who may not have much experience with this form, “What I found interesting was how many people really enjoyed the format of the short plays and how it was a great way to introduce people to live community theatre and to support it.”

Dubbo resident and playwright, Jodi Cramond, entered 2Count which was successfully selected to feature in the Sydney Short+Sweet season. She then went on to win the International Playwriting Opportunity and will be off overseas to showcase her play at an International Festival next year. Mudgee Performing Arts Society, wrote, directed and performed a fantastic piece called Extra Special, which claimed the People’s Choice Award in Dubbo.

“It was great to show off some fresh country perspective to the uber cool latte-sipping Newtown audience,” said Josh Hayward, who starred in Extra Special along with Jacqui Ellis, Scott Etherington and Sam Paine.

Orana will hold 2 festivals this year in Dubbo and Mudgee. Which will begin with workshops on subjects such as directing and writing, leading up to a performance of locally produced 10-minute plays in the newly renovated theatre.

Alicia says it has been an opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent in the region “When we delivered the first festival last year in Dubbo, we managed to bring together a wonderful collaboration of work by writers, performers and theatre groups from our region.”

The Short+Sweet Dubbo team attended an Orientation Day in Sydney last month with RADOs and Festival Co-ordinators attending from all over regional NSW, including from the Bega Valley, Cootamundra, Mudgee, Broken Hill, Dubbo and Albury (Fast+Fresh – the youth program only).



Where: There will be 5 regional festivals throughout NSW in Merimbula, Dubbo, Broken Hill, Cootamundra and Mudgee.

Short+Sweet Regional Workshops: May 2013

Short+Sweet Festival of Plays:  September 2013

Contact: Paige Williams the NSW Regional Coordinator

0418 443 876 | e


Mudgee: Heather Rushton

Broken Hill: Kylee Mitchell

Merimbula: Lis Shelly

Dubbo: Val Clark

Cootamundra: Thom Paton


Image credit:

Left to right, Pete Malicki (Festival Director Short+Sweet Sydney), Dubbo Playwright Jodi Cramond, Val Clark (Dubbo Short+Sweet Festival Co-ordinator) and Alicia Rodriguez Leggett (Regional Arts Development Officer Orana Arts).