Project 16: Short Play – Short and Sweet Drama Festival

The Short and Sweet Festival seeks short play submissions each year. It it intended to foster and encourage playwrights who will be judged on the quality of their written script and on its suitability for staging in a small community theatre.

What – Project 16

The goal of this project is to write a new short play script for the Short and Sweet Festival. We have a lot of joint writing projects in the pipeline so this seemed like a great excuse to meet a deadline and force ourselves to complete our first one together!

We came up with the concept – a two hander about relationships, love and life all set in the confines of an on-stage car – some months ago, but the pressure of a deadline made us get our one act short play into gear, finish it and submit it!

Why do this? To tick it off the bucket list, and to see where it leads.

Submissions for the festival are assessed on a rolling basis for inclusion in the various international festivals as they come up. The current list for which submissions will be considered is Melbourne, Townsville, Canberra, Sydney 2017, Auckland, Wellington, Manila, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Hollywood.


Collaboratively written short play, and submitted to the Short and Sweet Festival, following their exact – and exacting – requirements.


Submissions are on a rolling basis, with submission date affecting which of the international Short and Sweet Festivals will be considering the script.


A one act play, written to meet the criteria of the festival, including being less than 10 minutes running time. This is based on an existing – but very short – treatment that we already had put together, but had not yet developed. The Short and Sweet Festival is a suitable spur to get this project developed, refined and completed.

One of the keys to the “one act” format is that it must run uninterrupted from start to finish – there is no intermission to reset the stage, and very little opportunity for significant scene changes. A one act play can be very demanding to write: it generally demands a single, simple story arc, with little room for diversions and multiple plot lines.

The constraints on plays for the Short and Sweet Festival also include a short bump-in/bump-out as the plays require quick turnaround between works. Many of the plays are showcased together during each festival. For instance, in 2016, the Dubai Short and Sweet Festival aims to perform around 80 of the 10 minute plays.


Scripts are reviewed by directors of the various international Short and Sweet Festivals, including Melbourne, Townsville, Canberra, Sydney 2017, Auckland, Wellington, Manila, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Hollywood.

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