Sharp Short Theatre is the chance for young writers, directors and performers to showcase their stories on Riverside’s stage. This competition of courage and passion offers students the rare experience of working in a professional theatre.
Now in its third year, the competition aims to unearth the next generation of Australian theatre practitioners. Professional judges assess the plays based on selection criteria including best script, best direction, best performance and best overall production. All entries perform in a heat and then the best pieces are invited to perform in the final. Plays come from all theatrical genres including comedy, documentary, suspense, period, drama and fantasy, making Sharp Short Theatre an entertaining highlight in the Riverside year.
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 18 years or over. Our 2016 prize sponsors included NIDA, ATYP, Belvoir Street Theatre, Shopfront, Currency Press and Monkey Baa Theatre Company.
So what are you waiting for? Get writing!
Dates & Times: Heats Monday 29 May – Thursday 1 June at 7:30pm, Final Friday 16 June at 7:30pm
Price: Heats – Adult $18, Concession $12, Final – All tickets $20
Suitable for Years 3 – 12
From the Program Coordinator:
Every year we hand over the Riverside stage to your students and are always amazed with their WRITING AND PERFORMING talent and skills. In 2016, the winning primary entry featured a world overrun by cows, but we were also attacked by alien life forms, swept into fantasy worlds, eliminated from zoological reality television and instructed on achieving the perfect wedding by a group of Year 3 students. Do your young writers have a story they are desperate to tell? GET WRITING and bring it to the Riverside stage!
Download the full curriculum links for Sharp Short Theatre here: Sharp Short Theatre Curriculum Links
About the Venue – Riverside Theatre:
761 seats with around 534 seats in the stalls (ground level). This is the biggest space with a high ceiling, balcony seating, lots of red chairs and a raised stage. Shows in this venue will be the biggest and busiest. There is level seating/ wheelchair access in row P (around the middle of the stalls).
Script Advisory Service: $30 per script
Registration: $15 per entry
Performances: Heats – Adult $18, Concession $12, Final – All tickets $20
HOW TO BOOK (FOR PERFORMANCES)
We do our best to accommodate everyone, but shows fill fast. Additional performances are not always possible.
- USE BOOKING FORM, DOWNLOAD IT OR COMPLETE IT ONLINE
All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online.
- SEND YOUR BOOKING FORM TO US
Complete online (preferred), fax, email or post your booking form to Riverside Education
Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta, NSW, 2124.
N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then issue a tax invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form as this is our main method of communication.
- RIVERSIDE WILL CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING
Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a non-refundable 25% deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise stipulated). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure and Riverside will issue an invoice for full payment.
- FINAL PAYMENT
Full payment is required 4 weeks prior to the performance date.
If we do not receive payment OR proof of your DoE purchase order, we have the right to cancel your booking and you will forfeit your deposit.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS – DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DoE) PAYMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The DoE takes 30 days from an invoice being submitted to payment being received by Riverside, therefore we MUST have full payment OR proof that the purchase order has been submitted to the DoE no later than four weeks prior to the performance date.
This is a new system for many public schools so we strongly recommend receiving monies and permission slips at least 7 weeks before the payment is due. This will allow any final changes in numbers (subject to availability). We cannot reduce numbers after payment has been received.
ALL OTHER SCHOOLS (INCLUDING INDEPENDENT AND CATHOLIC)
Confirmation of final numbers and final balance is required four weeks prior to the performance date. A reduction of numbers is not permitted after this date.
An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day but is subject to availability.
Please note, all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings.
- FINAL INFORMATION SENT TO SCHOOLS
Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to running times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process.
- ATTEND AND ENJOY!
If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please email email@example.com or call 02 8839 3308.
Riverside are delighted to announce that the 9 finalists for Sharp Short Theatre 2017 are:
A Place to Rent – Oxley College
Numberville – The Hills Drama School
The Exhibition – The Hunter School of Performing Arts
I Spy – The Hunter School of Performing Arts
Burn – The Hunter School of Performing Arts
The Rap God – Oxley College
The Winner Bakes It All – Abbotsleigh School
Title Unknown – The Hills Drama School
Melvin’s Magnificent Mobile – Independent Entry
The TWO MENTOR’S CHOICE AWARD* WINNERS ARE:
Alex – The Hunter School of the Performing Arts
The Funky Janitor – Rutherford Technology High School
*The ‘Mentor’s Choice’ awards are for pieces that didn’t quite make it into the final, but that the Sharp Short Theatre mentors felt they would like acknowledge for their efforts. The Mentor’s choice winners will not be eligible for any of the other prizes in the final, but will be invited to perform on the night during the judges deliberations and will receive a trophy and theatre tickets as prizes.
Congratulations to all 11 entries!!