A Brand New Format for Short+Sweet Singapore This Year!
40 plays in all four languages over four weeks of competition
Singapore, 26 February 2010 – Come July 2010, Short+Sweet Singapore returns with a distinctively new format that will sweep the audience off their feet! Now called Top 40, the selected plays each week will showcase a diverse range of characters, themes and stories to feed everyone’s taste buds, and best of all, in your own language.
Unlike the previous years, audiences can now expect to see 10 plays each week with each piece being performed in any of Singapore’s four main languages - English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. The best 10 plays would then selected by a panel of industry judges to be featured during the Gala Finals from 5 - 7 August, which will be held at The Esplanade. Organised by The Arts House, the entire Short+Sweet Top 40 will be held at the Old Parliament building this year, instead of different locations as in previous years.
Ms Nicole Stinton, Festival Director of Short+Sweet Singapore says: “We are very excited to introduce this new format as it will open up more windows for aspiring writers, directors and actors. To have the plays in various languages helps to integrate the festival at a whole new level by giving all Singaporeans a chance to explore of theatre. It will also help break the ice in building intercultural respect and understanding, crucial in this multi-cultural nation of ours.”
Mr Colin Goh, General Manager of The Arts House adds: “We look forward to seeing how this new format will enhance the standards of theatre and dance in Singapore. It also serves to extend and capture a larger group of audiences, which is essential to building a greater perception and compassion to languages beside our own.”
Short+Sweet Call for Entries and Registration is now opened from 26 February to 11 April. 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, whilst working with leading established Singaporean and international theatre artists.
Call for Entries
Submit your Play NOW!
Closing Date: 11 April 2010
Application Fee: AUD$20.00 (Payment can be made via Credit card to www.shortandsweet.org/shortsweet-theatre/singapore
Call for Directors and Actors
Apply to Direct NOW!
Closing Date: 25 April 2010
Application fee: Free
Register to Audition NOW!
Closing Date: 24 May 2010
Registration Fee: Free
Short+Sweet Singapore 2010
Dates: 14 July - 7 August 2010
Venues: Play Den & The Hall, The Arts House
For more information on Short+Sweet Singapore, please visit our website at www.shortandsweet.org/shortsweet-theatre/singapore or call +65 6332 6900.
Held annually in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur, New Zealand and Singapore, Short+Sweet has staged over 1,000 plays and been watched by more than 20,000 people across the globe.
Short+Sweet Theatre is the largest ten-minute theatre festival in the world and each year it showcases bite-sized dramatic treats - each less than 10 minutes. The event has helped launch the careers of countless actors, writers and directors and last year past we achieved an astounding milestone – we have produced over 1,000 plays on the world-wide stage!
From small beginnings at Sydney’s Newtown Theatre in 2002 the event has grown to now encompass a range of artforms including Theatre, Dance, Musical Theatre and Cabaret and has spread throughout Australia (Melbourne, Central Coast, Canberra and Brisbane) to Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand.
Short+Sweet is currently expanding its network to include the Philippines, India, London, Paris and Beijing. A regional tour of the best plays from Singapore is planned for 2011.
The Arts House
Occupying the 183-year old building which was the former Parliament House and Singapore’s first Court House, The Arts House is a multidisciplinary arts centre that offers visitors a broad spectrum of activities ranging from contemporary arts & entertainment events to lifestyle and food & beverage options. Since its opening in March 2004, The Arts House has also been championing the Singapore arts & creative scene, playing consultative and developmental roles in bridging the connections between the arts and artists with various audiences including public agencies, private corporations and individual supporters of the arts as well.
With a strong intent to promote and showcase Singapore artists and their artworks locally and internationally, The Arts House has introduced numerous initiatives like The Business Times Budding Artists Fund that provides young children with opportunities to engage in, learn and showcase their artistic talents, as well as the Spotlight series which encourage artistic, business and humanitarian exchanges and exploration of new partnerships between Singapore and her counterparts in emerging / transitional markets in the world. Amongst other endeavours that The Arts House has ventured into, retail concepts like The Shop (Singapore Design) and Earshot (Singapore | Music | Books | Film) have also provided multiple platforms for Singapore artists to widen their reach and distribution networks.
The Arts House is managed by The Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg
For media queries, please contact:
Ms Sarah Ng
Executive, Marketing & Communications
The Arts House (Managed by The Old Parliament House Ltd)
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Tel: +65 6332 6903
Ms Amira Osman
Manager, Marketing & Communications
The Arts House (Managed by The Old Parliament House Limited)
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Tel: +65 6332 6915