Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, The Edge, Auckland

18/06/2013 - 22/06/2013

Production Details

What’s more choice than Short+Sweet?

Short+Sweet in association with Development Programmes at THE EDGE presents

Short+Sweet – Dance, Song and Theatre 2013

28 May – 30 June, at the Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE.

Short+Sweet is back and it’s taking over Auckland ten minutes at a time!

Come join us for five weeks of fast and furious, bite sized performances featuring some of Auckland’s best writers, directors, choreographers, dancers and actors.

And to celebrate our fourth year of Short+Sweet we’ve got something new for you. We’re not only bringing back Short+Sweet Dance and Short+Sweet Theatre but we’re premiering our new favourite, Short+Sweet Song – it’s musical theatre time!

Whichever genre you choose, it’s a night at the theatre where you never know what’s going to happen next and you get to vote for your favourite performance at the end of the night.

Short+Sweet – The biggest little festival in the world – produces hundreds of the best ten minute plays, dance works and musical theatre pieces from across the globe each year and hits Auckland for its fourth year in a row this May/June.

Each night Short+Sweet presents ten performances, each no longer than ten minutes. A feast of styles and subjects, the next new work is only ever ten minutes away and there is always something for everyone.

‘It’s exciting; it’s a great night out for the audience and it’s the perfect taster for someone who might never have been to dance or theatre before. It’s only ever 10 minutes to the next piece so if you don’t like that one you don’t have to wait long until the next one starts!’ Says Sums Selvarajan, Festival Producer.

As well as presenting some of the best ten-minute theatre in the world; Short+Sweet has also opened doors and launched careers of many artists across the globe.

‘It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved, to try something new, showcase their talent and work with people they may have never met before’ says Jonathan Hodge, Artistic Director of Theatre and Song.

Within the three genres of Dance, Theatre and Song the performances are split into groups. Dance and Theatre both have a top 20 split into Week one and two and one wildcard group performing once only on the middle Saturday. Song has one just one week for its premiere season. 

The Top 20 (or 10 for Song), perform from Tuesday – Saturday (ten shows per week) while the Wildcard shows (Dance and Theatre) get one matinee performance on Saturday to strut their stuff and wow the audiences and judges as they decide who makes it through to the Gala Final.

On the final Sunday the best ten of the season (decided by the audience and judges) are performed one last time. The judges choose their best production, playwright, director and actors and the people’s choice award for the whole season is also announced.

‘The audience play a huge part in picking the winner. It’s very exciting for everyone and it’s going to be a fantastic three weeks’ says Jonathan ‘So make sure you are there to cast your vote’.

If you prefer watching the 100 metre sprint to the full marathon, love the drama of Project Runway, the pressure of Master Chef, and the talent of X Factor get down to Short+Sweet.

Funny, moving, absurd, touching and now musical, you can expect the unexpected with Short+Sweet — so are you in, or are you out?

Full Festival programme available here

Ticketing Information 

Tickets $25 adult, $20 concession (concession available for 65+, students and children under 14 years) and $35 Gala Finals from 0800 BUY TICKETS or (service fees apply) 

Group Bookings (more than 6 people) – Call 09 357 3354. 

For media enquiries, please contact Alex Ellis on 0275026542 or

Performance Schedule  

Short+Sweet Theatre

Tuesday 18 – Sunday 30 June

Theatre for the easily distracted. Short+Sweet Theatre – the fast and furious festival where Auckland’s best writers, directors and actors present 10 minute plays with all the impact of a full length show. Maybe you’ll laugh, maybe you’ll cry; it’s all about to happen, ten minutes at a time.

Week 1
Tuesday 18 June – Saturday 22 June 2013 (Tues – Wed 7pm, Thurs – Sat 8pm)

Saturday, 22 June (3pm)

Week 2
Tuesday 25 June – Saturday 29 June 2013 (Tues – Wed 7pm, Thurs – Sat 8pm)

Gala Final:  Sunday 30 June (3pm & 7.30pm)

Sweet As…

Review by Sharu Delilkan 19th Jun 2013

And so we’re off again for two weeks packed with 10-minute theatre snippets for “the easily distracted”, as advertised in the pre-publicity. It is great to see that Short+Sweet Theatre as a festival is finally become a regular date in the theatregoing public’s calendar. I’ve been personally going to this festival for the past three years and it has indeed been “taking over Auckland ten minutes at a time”. 

The best thing about Short+Sweet Theatre is that it features such a wide range of writers, directors and actors, and Week One of the festival is definitely no exception. The subject matter tackled by the writers ranged from Malapropism, Game of Thrones, the same sex marriage bill, The Garden of Eden, the afterlife and most prominently, theatre as a genre. On that final note it was actually interesting to see three out of the 11 short plays on opening night providing audiences a voyeuristic view of how theatre is created – this ranged from an audition, a read through and even the transparency of the actual acting process. [More]


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Eclectic mix of Treats to savour

Review by Vanessa Byrnes 19th Jun 2013

Each year Short + Sweet Theatre produces “hundreds of the best ten minute plays from across the globe produced by some of the most talented local actors and directors”. This evening’s eclectic offerings of week one: Auckland Short + Sweet at the Herald Theatre are a mixed bag of different tasting lollies that you’ll be glad you sampled. Some perfectly sweet, some slightly too sugary for my liking, but all nutritious in way that lollies just shouldn’t be.

There’s an assortment of gems in here and it’s great to see seasoned professionals working cheek by jowl with newcomers. Some of the works have potential to grow and develop into larger works in theatre or other screen/radio mediums. 

I particularly enjoy seven of the eleven, 10-minute theatre pieces. 

Robyn Paterson’s The World’s Worst fight stands out for its clever concept and gender war between Adam and Eve. True audience recognition takes place with this one and it’s very funny.

Walking Shadow by Matthew O’Sullivan is a funny, well-directed script that brings Shakespeare into a modern context. This piece has a lovely knitting together of old and new that brings new meaning to vengeance, and those who have gone before. It could be a one-off TV drama with such a solid concept in the one location.

Staged Madness really mucks about with the form, and I love the meta-theatre of the whole thing: an actress who breaks the fourth wall with a psychiatrist (or is he?) is well placed with an audience who’s expecting experimentation to happen.

Reading Lamouche allows Finnius F. Teppett’s take on theatre stereotypes to sizzle away nicely, while Storming the Castle is a beautifully tempered story with some pearler lines about the nature of obsession between father and son. Funny and disconcerting.

Zooquatic is absurd and bizarre, but hilarious in its observed detail of a relationship between shark and zebra.

The Birthday takes risks with form and company narrative, using a red motif in a black and white scheme, although some details are lost in the execution of its physical humour in this space.

Other works are less solid in performance or direction but they have potential to really develop and fly as audience feedback tempers the amount of energy required to envelop the audience in the Herald theatre. Some need more, some less, but that will become apparent in front of a highly supportive audience.

Cary Pepper’s Irish Stew is a clever wee take on losing facilities with languages and memory, and I imagine will settle as the season continues. It’s witty and moving, giving a voice to an issue so often whitewashed by mainstream media, but so prevalent among our elder population. In watching this piece I realise that Short + Sweet has political power to present the clamouring voices not often afforded expression in modern culture. Another reason to see and hear these disparate offerings within a diverse programme. 

Standout performers that deserve particular mention for their work are Carl Drake, Val Carroll, Phoebe Borwick, Kate Vox, (thirteen year-old) Daniel Sewell and Jeff Szusterman. They are supported by the always-strong lighting design of Michael Craven and of Ruby Reihana-Wilson.

Overall the pieces are highly inventive and a treat to savour in a New Zealand theatre scene that’s not inundated with original work in professional theatres. Short + Sweet offers new voices next to seasoned ones on the Auckland scene. At just over two hours this is a rich evening’s entertainment, and at $25 adults*, $20 concession*, $35 Gala Final it’s a steal. So get along and be inspired. Your palette will be enriched.


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