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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | November 11, 2019

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Short + Sweet Gala Finals Showcase The Talents of Young Creatives

Short + Sweet Gala Finals Showcase The Talents of Young Creatives

| On 31, Aug 2016

The Brisbane Powerhouse hosted the Short+Sweet Gala Finals on Friday evening and it sure was a night to remember! Short+Sweet dished up 12 of the best performance works chosen from the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville strands. We reveal the highlights of one explosive evening!

After a tough few months, the performers of the Short+Sweet Festival were able to showcase their work for the final time. The twelve pieces of theatre and cabaret were selected by the votes of previous audiences and a panel of respected judges.

Kicking off the night was Caitlin Hill and Peter Wood’s Boys Taste Better with Nutella, a quirky yet heartfelt play about past relationships and the allure of the chocolate spread. The two young performers worked the stage nicely and their ability to switch between characters was quite impressive. Boys Taste Better with Nutella took home three awards for Best Overall Production, Best Actor and Best Script.

Another highlight of the first act was Kaitlyn Rodger’s Can I Get an Amen? The show had the audience in stiches with Rodger’s explosion of sass, rap and a bit of Whoopi Goldberg. Rodger’s revealed to us that the show was inspired by her unhealthy obsession with Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Shannon Noll! Can I Get an Amen won two awards on the night – Best Play and People’s Choice Award. Rodger’s was visibly shocked at winning the awards. “I always dreamed that the piece would be something people could relate to and hopefully find funny. But I couldn’t imagine in my wildest dreams the amazing results! I’m absolutely over the moon.”

Short and Sweet Gala

Short+Sweet is undeniably the perfect outlet for emerging artists wanting to test an idea. “It is run by the most wonderful and supportive team” Rodgers gushes, “It is extremely rare as an artist to have access to an amazing venue for free and showcase a project. For me, it was also an incredible platform to meeting other emerging artists and focus on devising my first comedy”.

The second half of the eventing revealed some talented and humorous cabaret performances. Whilst all the cabaret acts must be commended for their execution, The Gospel According to Matthew was a definite standout. Directed by Simon Mason and written and performed by Matthew Semple, the ten minute production was entertaining and had me glued to the stage. The show rightfully took home two awards for Best Director and Best Original Score/Song.

Once again, Short +Sweet has presented high quality theatre in the form of original and exciting pieces of theatre at an affordable price. It is a platform for actors, writers and directors to work in a professional theatre environment and in so doing, showcase their talents to the industry and help to foster future employment opportunities. Short+Sweet will be back again next year – keep an eye out for Brisbane and Gold Coast registrations opening in March!

List of Winners:

Best Overall Production
BOYS TASTE BETTER WITH NUTELLA

Best Play
CAN I GET AN AMEN?!

Best Cabaret Act
FIFTY SHADES OF CURIOUS

People’s Choice Award
CAN I GET AN AMEN?!

Best Actor
CAITLIN HILL (Boys Taste Better with Nutella)

Best Cabaret Artist
KATELYN RYAN (Fifty Shades of Curious)

Best New Talent
NICHOLAS PRIOR (The Persistence of Men on Me)

Best Script
BOYS TASTE BETTER WITH NUTELLA

Best Director
SIMON MASON (The Gospel According to Matthew)

Best Original Score/Song
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW (Matthew Semple)

Best Poster Design
AM