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Sharp Short Theatre


Riverside Theatre


21 May - 08 June 2018

Event Type

Live Event

Riverside presents

Sharp Short Theatre is a 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 fourth year of providing an opportunity for budding writers, directors and performers to exercise their creative muscles and learn from industry mentors, Sharp Short Theatre has fast become one of the highlights of the Riverside year. All entries perform in a heat and then the best pieces are invited to perform in the final, where students can be 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 your students a chance to play to their 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 18 years or over. Our 2017 prize sponsors included Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, NIDA, ATYP, Belvoir Street Theatre, Shopfront Arts Coop, Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Currency Press and Playwriting Australia.

So what are you waiting for? Get writing!

2018 Finalists

We are pleased to announce the finalists of Riverside Theatres 2018 Sharp Short Theatre competition. Congratulations to:

‘Two Feet in the Grave’- Richard Johnson Anglican School
‘Tree Number 3’- Oxley College (Chirnside Park)
‘The Shooting Star’- The Hills Drama School
‘The One That Saves Me’- Hunter School of the Performing ArtslPerformingArts
‘The Nightmare Before Easter’- Centrestage Academy of Performing Arts
‘Broken Treaty’- The Hennessy Speech and Drama Studio
‘Pimp It Up Jeff’- Hunter School of the Performing Arts
‘Playground Politics’- Edmund Rice College
‘The White Devil’- Edmund Rice College

And finally, congratulations to the winner of the Mentor’s Choice Award: ‘Operation Fail’- Action Atelier

Come and support these upcoming young talented performers at the Sharp Short Theatre Final on Friday 8 June at 7:30pm.

Students may submit their draft scripts for review by a professional playwright in the lead up to this event – See ‘Script Advisory Service Form’ tab
Price: $30 per script
Deadline: Wednesday 21 March at 5pm

To register, please complete our online form (one form per entry) – See ‘Registration Form’ tab
Entries Close: Wednesday 11 April at 5pm – See ‘Schools Bookings and Resources’ tab for full details on registration, requirements and deadlines
Price: $15 per entry

Dates & Times: Heats –  Monday 21 – Thursday 24 May at 7:30pm, Final –  Friday 8 June at 7:30pm
Price: Heats – Adult $18, Concession $12, Final – All tickets $20

Suitable for Years 3 – 12


I personally love the Sharp Short Theatre competition. Not only do I thoroughly enjoy seeing students having a great time doing what they enjoy and making new friends, but every year I am floored by the creativity and intelligence of the students’ work. And don’t be fooled – even though it’s a competition for students up to the age of 18, the primary groups always give their secondary peers a run for their money with the sheer scope of their imagination. A great opportunity for some hands on learning for your students and a chance to try working in a professional theatre.


Download the Curriculum Links here: Sharp Short Theatre Curriculum Links


Download a copy of our producer’s checklist here: Sharp Short Theatre 2018 Producer’s Checklist


Download the terms and conditions for Sharp Short Theatre here: Sharp Short Theatre 2018 Terms and Conditions


Download information on how to book here: How to Book

Download Riverside’s Risk Assessment here: 2018 Risk Assessment


Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside

Thank you for your interest. Entries for Sharp Short Theatre 2018 have now closed.
Thank you for your interest. Entries for Sharp Short Theatre 2018 Script Advisory Service have now closed.

Ticket Options

Script Advisory Service $30
Registration (Per Entry) $15
Heats - Adult $18
Heats - Concession $12
Final - All tickets $20
Transaction fees apply
Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $3.30

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