Master of the deadpan, harsh host of Hard Quiz, and heartless interrogator on Hard Chat, making audiences squirm as much as his victims – Tom Gleeson uses blunt-force trauma as his comedy schtick.

Many comedians have been delving into personal struggles on stage, revealing truth and darkness which in turn, evokes both tears and laughs from the audience. This is not one of those shows.

It doesn’t matter how much you know or care about the legality of the Essendon Football Club supplements program in 2013 – it won’t stop you enjoying this original and entertaining saga, because Kit Richards has a talent for making otherwise dull stories fun and interesting. And for writing damn good songs.

Dave Thornton can tell you almost to the second how long he was in lockdown with his pre-school children in a tiny Brunswick house this past year.
Now he’s out and excited and rearing to go, so for dog’s sake don’t arrive late to his show. He is quick-witted, slick, and will be merciless.

A quick poll of her Saturday audience revealed that few knew of her before the night (it might actually have been ‘no-one’), but I reckon that won’t be the case next year – or even by the end of the festival.

Yumi Umiumare and the BUTOHOUT! Ensemble elegenatly place, embrace, displace and reinstate their audience in and out of layered worlds from the box office till the bow.

Every one of the eleven short plays were excellent. Their very different topics and interpretations made for a sizzling night of theatre.

To this critic, as to many Short+Sweet patrons, this programme of two peformances of 12 plays over the weekend of the 20 and 21 March was the most keenly anticipated of the programme. 

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