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Sharp Short Theatre


Riverside Theatre


03 June - 14 June 2019

Event Type

Live Event

Riverside presents

Now in its fourth year, Sharp Short Theatre is a chance for young writers, directors and performers to showcase their stories on Riverside’s stage and learn from industry mentors.

All entries perform in a heat. The best pieces are invited to perform in the final where students are awarded prizes in categories including best script, best direction, best performance and best overall production. Plays come from all theatrical genres including comedy, documentary, suspense, period, drama and fantasy, giving students a chance to play to their strengths and interests and let their imaginations run wild!

Entries must be written and directed by students (18 years and under) and can be up to a maximum of 10 minutes in duration. Entries must be submitted by a producer, for example a parent, teacher or responsible adult. Our 2018 prize sponsors included Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, Australian Theatre for Young People, Belvoir Street Theatre, Bloodfest, Currency Press, Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Parramatta Actors Centre, Playwave, Playwriting Australia and Shopfront Arts Coop.

So what are you waiting for? Get writing!

Registration (Participants)

Dates & Times:
To register, complete our online form (one form per entry)
Entries Close: Wednesday 10 April at 5pm

$20 per entry

Audience Members

Dates & Times:
Heats Monday 3 – Thursday 6 June at 7:30pm
Final Friday 14 June at 7:30pm

Heats Adult $18, Concession $12
Final All tickets $22

Photo by Melinda Jane Photography


CURRICULUM LINKS AND RESOURCES Download the curriculum links here: Sharp Short Theatre Curriculum Links Download Riverside’s risk assessment here: Riverside’s Risk Assessment Details Download a generic sample risk assessment here: Generic Sample Risk Assessment ACCESS Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside

Sharp Short Theatre 2019 Registration Form
Registration forms must be submitted by 5pm Wednesday 10 April, 2019. Please submit one form per entry.
Main Contact Details
We only require a postal address and not a street address for registration.
This is someone over the age of 18 eg a teacher or adult
About the Entry
Please indicate the style of your groups piece
Total Number
Total number of male actors
Total number of female actors
Provide a summary about your groups piece
List the names and year groups of cast members
Please provide a copy of your script, clearly marked with any technical cues as a doc, docx or pdf document (max file size 2MB).
Does the performance contain any of the following (Please tick all appropriate):
If you ticked yes to any of the content warnings above, please outline the details

Please select your first and second preferences for the date of your heat from the drop down menus below. The dates will be filled on a first come, first served basis. You will be required at Riverside Theatres from 12 noon on your heat day. There will then be one showing in front of an audience and the judges, with the heat commencing at 7:30pm. The final will be held on Friday 14 June 2019 at 7:30pm, so please ensure you are also available for that date (Tech starts at 3:30pm for the final) in case your performance makes it through.

Limited parking is available for school minivans in the Riverside car park. Cost is $5 per vehicle. There is not enough parking for all participants, so please consider being dropped off or using public transport. Please tick the box below and fill in your registration details if you require parking.
Registration Number

An invoice will be raised and sent to you via email. Payment can be made by EFT, credit card or cheque.

Does your performance include any music other than originally composed music? (This includes any music that is sung live by the performers)
APRA (Australian Performing Rights Association) requires Riverside to pay royalties for each piece of music used in a live performance attended by paying members of the public. These royalties go directly to the artists who created the work. It is important that artists be acknowledged and financially compensated for the use of the intellectual property. Any music other than originally composed music used in your piece- including any music that is sung live by the performers (i.e. the music does not have to be from a recording) must be listed here. If this information is not received with your entry you will not be able to use music in your performance. We will process your application and inform you if any tracks have not been approved by APRA. If you require APRA clearance please list the song name, artist, writer (if known) and length of track being used (in seconds) below.

Download a copy of the terms and conditions here: Sharp Short Theatre 2019 Terms and Conditions

As the producer of this work, I hereby give permission on behalf of myself, the writer and the director for the play mentioned here to be performed in the 2018 Sharp Short Theatre competition and if selected, at the 2018 Sharp Short Theatre Finals night. I understand no royalties will be received for these performances but if selected for the final the participants of this production may be eligible to win prizes. I have read the terms and conditions provided in the document, understand and agree to adhere to them. If this entry is associated with a school or organisation, I state that the school/organisation has full knowledge of the entry and has given the appropriate permission for these students to be involved and to represent the school/organisation.
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