Sharp Short Theatre

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Sharp Short Theatre

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 03 June - 14 June 2019
Category 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!

2019 Finalists

We are pleased to announce the finalists of Riverside Theatres 2019 Sharp Short Theatre competition.

Congratulations to the following entries:

The Hills Grammar School: “A Date with Reality”
Oxley College: “15 Minutes” (pictured)
The Hennessy Speech and Drama Studio: “A Star is Born?”
Edmund Rice College: “Branches with the Same Base”
The McDonald College: “Unlikely”
Hunter School of the Performing Arts: “Cemetary for Trees”
Hunter School of the Performing Arts: “woMAN”
The Hills Drama School: “Monster in the Closet”
Sydney Talent School: “B.A.R.G”

And finally, congratulations to the winner of the Mentor’s Choice Award: Katoomba High School: “Happiness is just a Price Tag Away”

Come and support these upcoming young talented performers at the Sharp Short Theatre Final on Friday 14 June at 7:30pm.

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



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


Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside

Thank you for your interest. Entries for Sharp Short Theatre 2019 have now closed.

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Ticket Prices

Registration (Per Entry)
Audience Members
Heats - Adult
Audience Members
Heats - Concession
Audience Members
Final - All tickets

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
School Bookings $4.00