The biggest little festival in Australia, Short+Sweet showcased bite-sized dramatic treats of theatre, each less than 10 minutes. The winners for 2009 Short+Sweet Melbourne have been announced.

‘Short+Sweet Theatre this year has been an incredible success in its new home of Chapel off Chapel. The standard of work was particularly high, with many fine shows not actually making the final’, says Karen Keegan, Executive Producer.

It directly involved 270 writers, directors and actors in the 3 week season, presenting 51 new plays. In total, over 2000 scripts were submitted for consideration and some 350 actors submitted to audition. Victoria’s vibrant independent arts community continues to enthusiastically embrace Short+Sweet.

Short+Sweet Theatre winners include:

Best Production
It’s All the Rage, Written & directed by Carl Sorheim
Nicholas Gunn – actor
Prize - $1000 cash

Best Actor
Nicholas Gunn, It’s All the Rage
Prize – Contract for 5 month national Shorter+Sweeter Tour April-August 2010

Best Actor Runner Up
Charlie Mycroft, The Rehearsal
Prize – photo shoot from Tashkah Studios

Best Director
Douglas Montgomery, Arabesque
Prize - the director’s choice for a 4 day season in The Loft June 24-27, 2010 with no venue hire, mentored by Chapel off Chapel and Short+Sweet

Best Writer
Michael Kalendarian, The Rehearsal
Scriptworks – 5 hours of script development

Alex Broun Award for Best New Talent
Emma Moore, writer, director and actor, You May Kiss the Bride
(winner Short but not so Sweet, 2009)
Prize $250 cash