Short and Sweet is the oldest and the biggest festival of 10-minute plays in the world. More than 400 plays are selected from thousands of scripts, and these plays are presented at the festival. Short and Sweet gets together established and upcoming actors, directors, writers, and technical crew, to create some of the best short work theatre across the planet.
This year was the 13thyear of Short and Sweet Theatre festival, which started on 8 January 2014 and will conclude in March 2014. There were over 160 new plays from NSW, Australian and international Writers, put together by new as well as established directors.
Aishveryaa Nidhi, artistic director of Abhinay School of Performing Arts, responded via email to questions about her school’s plays at the festival.
How were your plays received at the Fest?
We enjoyed getting involved in four plays this year. Oh! India, Wildcards, The Job Hunter, 100 years of Indian cinema in 10 minutesand Irish Stew.
Our plays were well received. Oh!India, written by Cindy Neilson, Directed by ShouryaNidhi, featuring Ravi Chanana , MarcelleWever and Arnie Dhamoon, got second place in Judge’s choice week 5, Wildcards.
For the first time we had a piece in Hindi including Bollywood songs in Short and Sweet Sydney. 100 years of Indian cinema in 10 minutesshowed how our film industry has grown over the years. It was glamorous and and had foot tapping music, and nostalgia for lovers of Bollywood songs.
Were your plays any different to the others?
Of Course, every play is different to each other. We are passionate about Indian stories and presenting them to a wider audience. At Abhinay School we conduct our own play writing workshops with Alex Broun, guru of 10-minute.
Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Newspaper in Melbourne)