Following its ‘2020 Hindsight’ awards finals on Sunday 16 May (showcasing the best of last year’s Covid-curtailed festival) the 2021 season begins in earnest with a double dose of pithy theatrical treats to tempt any taste!
Two parallel weekly programs – each named for an iconic Sydney beach – are performed three times (two evenings and a matinee) with Week 1 featuring the ‘Bondi’ program (Thurs & Sat 7.30pm plus Sun 2pm) and ‘Manly’ program (Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 6pm).
Bondi (Thur & Sat 7.30pm, Sun 2pm) features I Was Fine Until You Came In The Room by Rich Orloff, directed by Kym Vaitiekus, in which Helen and Pete remember the day they met… which led to a 50-year marriage. It stars Leonard Sun, Caroline Larcombe, Rebecca May and Richard Wu.
Dating Through the Decades by Ken Levine, directed by Gina Cohen: A boy and a girl date in every decade from 1950’s until today.
Ones and Zeros written and directed by Addison Fowler is an ensemble-accompanied monologue about Casper, a trans non-binary young adult trying to find their place in the world and learning how to love themselves.
Diary of Marilyn, a tour-de-force solo piece by Debbie Neilson (pictured left) features real Marilyn Monroe quotes. The iconic actress questions who she really is and if anyone – herself included – has the answers.
The Ratings Game written and directed by Wendy Crew is a hilarious spoof on the entertainment industry starring Tony Croft, Jawed Winjgebrael & Erica Nelson.
Plus The First Edition by John and Kay Longhurst, directed by Steven Tait; Missing You directed by Mary Middleton; and Audience Participation directed by Andrew Thomson
Manly (Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2pm and Sunday 6pm) opens with Twisted Ladder by Pauline Bleach, co-written and directed by Gabriela Loza: “The election is won and there are two positions. Who will get them?” A psychological thriller starring Roelene Coleman, Quaid Kirchner and Aaron Okey.
The Seagull by Fran Boswisk, directed by Jeff Tabley, explores identity, sexuality and unshakably sweet love – oh, and fresh hot chips! With Tabley, Adam Dorrington and Patrick Wells
Expectations by Jennifer O’Grady, directed by Harriet McKern is a haunting play about power, women’s lives and expectations. Charles Dickens (Steve Wilson) and his wife Kate (Michelle McDonnell) speak in intersecting – and deeply contrasting – monologues about their separation, twenty-two years of marriage and nine children.
Figgy by Tom Peach directed by Dana Lowe was inspired by the writer’s first girlfriend at age 17! A comic monologue delivered by Alice Furze (pictured right) about an extraordinary young woman with great ambitions. Think cut glass: beautiful, sharp, deadly!
Plus Almost a Superhero by Barry Wood, dir. Jyotsna Jyoti; Lullaby by Joe Bergin, dir. Veena Sudarshan; Do Not Go Gentle by Graham Yates, dir. Sue Turner; and What’s That Smell? written and directed by Jyotsna Jyoti.
Short+Sweet plays Thu-Sun to Aug 22 at the Tom Mann Auditorium 136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills.