A lover of Brisbane, particularly the Moreton Bay region at Wynnum Manly and the beautiful Scenic Rim and have live in the Queensland Outback. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and event in my own backyard.
Bite sized culture at the Powerhouse
What can happen in ten minutes? A great deal as the Short Sweet Festival sets out to prove as it comes to Brisbane and August this July and August.
Short Sweet is the theatre equivalent to a short film Festival but this time Theatre, Dance, Cabaret, and Song Festivals are brought to audiences in bite sized chunks, so you get the opportunity to taste several forms of entertainment without committing to a long show. The works on offer will provide audiences with exciting original and contemporary works that challenge and entertain.
On the evening of my review I was treated to a diverse range of performances ranging from one-woman acts; a comedic duo in towelling dressing gowns; and a poignant masked non-verbal portrayal looking at the human condition. The cabaret began with a fire eating act, moving on to a love story, a great Terminator skit and ended with a girl band with a dynamic feminist twist. It was a rollercoaster of theatrical treats that made you think, laugh and be excited at the fresh new talent available.
Short Sweet is a global festival brand with its mission to 'to build theatre-going audiences around the world.' It began as a small festival of 10 minute plays in Sydney.
Image from website
The festival is being run at the Brisbane Powerhouse and The Arts Centre Gold Coast between the 26th of July and the 3rd of September with over 60 ten-minute performances. The following weeks will see Short Sweet present more than 40 new performance works by local artists.
Enjoy a medley of up to ten plays or six cabaret acts, each less than ten minutes long, then vote for your favourite for them to appear in the Brisbane Gala Finals to be held at the Powerhouse on 2-3 September. This will surely be a smorgasbord of top talent.
Short & Sweet Festival 2017 - Image from website
The Festival is arranged in performance 'strands' that cover Theatre, Dance, Cabaret, and Song.
Strand sessions include:
WEEK ONE (26 - 29 JULY) BRISBANE POWERHOUSE Strand 1 Theatre: Wed 26th - Sat 29th July at 7pm
Strand 2 Cabaret: Fri 28th & Sat 29th July at 9.45pm
WEEK TWO (2 - 5 AUGUST) BRISBANE POWERHOUSE
Strand 3 Theatre: Wed 2nd - Sat 5th August at 7pm
Strand 4 Cabaret: Fri 4th & Sat 5th August at 9.45pm
The performances at the Arts Centre Gold Coast are from 10-12 and 17-19 August.
Finals take place at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 2 & 3 September.
Check out the FULL Brisbane program on the event website and how to buy tickets.