Lane Cove Theatre Company hosted the inaugural 10-minute play competition, In a Nutshell, as part of the Lane Cove Festival in Longueville, on 27 and 28 September
Ten plays were enacted to a full house in which local talents—actors, directors and writers—showcased their performance skills in the brief period allocated, in the realms of comedy, thriller and romance. All performances were brilliant and props used were very creative.
There were two participations from artists of Indian origin—Taufeeq Ahmed Sheikh & Bindoo.
Taufeeq acted in the play Good Cop, Mad Cop in which he was a clownish psychiatrist who has an unusual way of treating his patient’s mental disorders.
Taufeeq was the director of Don’t feed the Lions in which Bindoo acted as the animal activist behind the attempt to release the animals from their captivity.
Taufeeq is an actor, writer and director. He is a radio correspondent and presenter on 89.3 Kehte Sunte 2GLF FM. In February, Taufeeq worked acted in Lane Cove Theatre’s Female of the Species, and made his musical debut with North Shore Theatre Company in The Drowsy Chaperone this year.
He has also worked with Euphony Films, Heart & Soul Productions, Adakar Theatre, Nautanki Theatre amongst others. He has directed two plays, #Metoo & The Eye of the Storm for the Short+Sweet Sydney Festival 2019, both graced with a podium finish.
Taufeeq has acted in Indian television and theatre, his first TV appearance was at the age of nine. He debuted in theatres with Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew playing Baptista Minola in his teens. Since then he has acted in and directed several productions in English, Hindi and Urdu. Trained in martial arts, literature, business development, entrepreneurship and hospitality, Taufeeq aspires to bring to the fore his experience to the Australian creative arts community.
An analyst by profession, two years ago, Bindoo followed her calling to become an actor. She trained at the Sydney Theatre School in Shakespearean and contemporary theatre acting. Bindoo has performed in two full-length plays in ensemble roles. Soon after, Bindoo went on to acting in two award-winning plays in Crash Test Drama 2019 season, winning best actress runner up. Bindoo looks forward to making a successful career in acting.
The People’s Choice award was bagged by the play Slow Dating, written by Adam Szudrich, directed by Megan Spindler-Smith and beautifully acted by Nicole Smith, who tugged at the audience’s heart stings to breaking point.
Expressing oneself in a 10-minute span, is a hard nut to crack but these artists have done it with ease in “In a nut shell”.