Fast+Fresh returns for 4th big year

The 4th big year of the youth version of international hit Short+Sweet is set to launch a new generation of talented writers and actors on the local theatre scene!

Fast+Fresh 2008 will present a week of performances of original short plays - each no longer than 10 minutes - all created and presented by high-school age students.

Riverside Theatre Parramatta is again the home of the festival, with heats nightly at 7.30 from Monday June 2 to Friday June 6 leading to the gala grand final on Friday June 13.

In keeping with the Short+Sweet manifesto, participants of Fast+Fresh are eligible for sponsored awards (complete with great prizes!) such as Best Actor, Best Play, Best Director the People’s Choice and more.

Returning Festival Director Neil Gooding (producer of the recent Australian musical hit The Hatpin) says he is thrilled with not only the large number schools returning with new work and new performers, but the huge number of schools and drama schools entering for the first time.

“As part of the Short+Sweet family - which produces more new Australian work (and showcases more Australian actors) than anyone, Fast+Fresh is the most exciting of all.

“With literally hundreds of great young creative people involved, all of them bursting with potential, we have - in embryo, as it were - the future of Australian theatre right here!”

Schools involved include Colyton High, Mount St Joseph Milperra, Abbotsleigh College Wahroonga, North Sydney Boys’ High, Kellyville High, Manly, Oxley College, The Hills Grammar School, Oakhill College, Tara Anglican School, Katoomba High, Elderslie High Narellan, St Josephs Gosford plus youth theatre groups Action Atelier (Bondi), Min and Madness Productions (Castle Hill) and Punchbug Productions (Erskineville).

Tickets for the season can be booked through Riverside Theatres box office: (02) 8839 3399 or online at  www.riversideparramatta.com.au

For more information regarding the festival program, visit www.fastandfresh.org

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