Short+Sweet – the major platform that gives Singapore playwrights exposure on an international stage
11 Short+Sweet Singapore plays performed in Australia
Singapore, 19 February 2009 – Eleven plays by Singapore-based writers have been performed to sold-out houses in the Short+Sweet Theatre Festivals in Sydney and Melbourne. It is a major stage platform in Singapore that provides local writers with the same opportunity to have their work staged professionally and internationally. The festival offers no fees or payments to playwrights for their scripts yet they keep submitting their best works to the festival. This is why Short+Sweet is such a powerful arts development platform.
All plays submitted to Singapore are automatically entered into the larger Short+Sweet Theatre Festivals in Sydney and Melbourne. The Australian festivals receive over a thousand entries each every year, so Singapore writers are not just competing – and succeeding – in a larger playing field, but also against writers around the world including Ireland, US, UK, and even Croatia. In fact, Lester’s List by Yak Aik-Wee received one of the highest scores ever from an Australian script assessor.
“I feel honoured and privileged to be part of Short+Sweet. Thanks to the festival I have discovered a passion for playwriting and it’s wonderful to see my work on stage. The fact that my play has also been performed in Australia is fantastic!” says Ms Tracy Tan I-Lian whose play Waiting for Ashes was just performed last month in Short+Sweet Sydney and last year in Short+Sweet Malaysia.
“The quality of work coming out of Singapore is amazingly good. We are so pleased that audiences outside Singapore are able to see them. When we open festivals in London and Paris, we expect to see Singapore plays performed there too,” says Mr Mark Cleary, Short+Sweet Founder and International Artistic Director.
Another writer whose work was just staged in Sydney was Ken Kwek. His play I’ll Have the Special was voted Best Overall Production in Singapore last year.
“I think the fact that it (Short+Sweet) is an international franchise is very appealing. There’s a chance to showcase your work outside of Singapore. I was delighted to learn that I’ll Have The Special will be staged in Sydney and a new creative team will be taking the play and interpreting it in a new way,” adds Mr Ken Kwek.
The Short+Sweet Call for Entries and Registrations is now on from 1 February to 31 March 2009. Writers can submit plays, directors apply to participate and actors to register for auditions.
Short+Sweet is an arts development platform that aims to give young writers, actors and directors an opportunity to showcase their talents and develop their profiles in the industry.
Together with our producing partner, The Arts House, Short+Sweet Singapore 2009 will feature 30 English plays and 10 plays in Mandarin from 24 June to 18 July at the Flexible Space at LASALLECollege of the Arts; the Play Den at The Arts House; and the Theatre Studio at Esplanade.
Singapore plays performed in Sydney and/or Melbourne Short+Sweet Theatre Festivals:
Fat by Kasamawati Masmintra Chaiyanara (Dew)
Frostbite by Ng Yi-Sheng
Written Off by Jeremy Au Yong
Waiting for Ashes by Tracy Tan I-Lian
Strangers by Andrew Keegan
4 seconds by Leon Foo
Exchanges by Richard Lord
Lester's List by Yak Aik-Wee
I'll have The Special by Ken Kwek
I Can Tell Your Handbag is Fake by Dean Lundquist
Remembering the Kites by Harry Allen (This play has just been selected for the GALA FINAL in Sydney)
Held annually in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Short+Sweet has staged over 1,000 plays and been watched by more than 20,000 people across the globe. Featuring the best ten-minute plays written by local and international writers, Short+Sweet is a THEATRE DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM that gives emerging artists a chance to professionally showcase their talents both to the public as well as to top theatre industry professionals, helping to foster future employment opportunities.
Short+Sweet is currently expanding its network to include London, Paris and Beijing. A regional tour of the best plays from Singapore is planned for 2010.
Call for Entries & Registrations
Submit your Play, Apply to Direct or Register for Auditions NOW!
Closing Date: 31 March 2009
Short+Sweet Singapore 2009
Dates: 24 June – 18 July 2009
Venues: Play Den, The Arts House | Flexible Space, LASALLECollege of the Arts | Esplanade Theatre Studio
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