Sharp Short Theatre 2020

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 15 June - 19 June 2020
Category Live Event

Riverside presents

Now in its fifth 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 2019 prize sponsors included Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, Australian Theatre for Young People, Belvoir, Currency Press, Playwave, Shopfront Arts Coop, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Theatre Company.

What are you waiting for? Get writing and register now! Entries close Friday 8 May 2020 at 5pm.

Audience Members
Come and support our budding future stars as they perform live on stage!

FYI Wednesday 17 June at 7:30pm has been allocated as a G Rated Heat. All entries in this heat will be suitable for families and young children. All other heats will be reasonably suitable for general audiences, but may contain coarse language and mature themes. Content advice will be provided on the programs.

Photo by Katrina James

(Stages 2 – 6)

From the Program Coordinator…

This event is a gem as it provides a rare opportunity for students to perform their original work in a professional venue with the help of professional mentors, stage managers and technical staff. The transformative power of students having agency over their creations is such a delight to witness. Sharp Short Theatre is a must for students interested in performing arts, creative writing or leadership (as the students are directors of their work too). If you have been thinking of dipping your toes into a participatory drama production, this is a great place to start.

Curriculum Links and Resources

Download the Curriculum Links (for participants) here: Sharp Short Theatre 2020 Curriculum Links

Riverside’s Risk Assessment

Download the Risk Assessment here: Risk Assessment 2020

Download a sample of a generic risk assessment here: Sample – Generic Risk Assessment


Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside


Sharp Short Theatre 2020

An exciting opportunity for students to promote their work and compete for prizes. Come and support our budding future stars as they perform live on stage!

Visit Facebook Event

Explore more Riverside shows

This intensely compelling exhibition creates a unique opportunity for Exhibition On Screen to reveal the life’s work of a master in one show.
Phil Grabsky’s biographical account of Haydn’s life is a visual and aural extravaganza. By speaking to some of the greatest exponents of Haydn’s music, this film redresses the balance and sheds light on the master and his work.

Authorised Ticket Sellers

    Riverside Theatres

Do not buy tickets from unauthorised ticket sellers
Terms and Conditions

Dates and Times:

Entries Close Friday 8 May at 5pm


Monday 15 June at 7:30pm
Tuesday 16 June at 7:30pm
Wednesday 17 June at 7:30pm (G Rated Heat)
Thursday 18 June at 7:30pm

Friday 26 June at 7:30pm

Ticket Prices

Per Entry
Concession $12
Student/Teachers $12
All tickets

Transaction fees apply

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

Get treated like the VIP you are

Visit often and want to save on tickets and more?
Check out our Riverside Theatres Membership

Be the first to know what's on

Want to receive news and special offers from Riverside Theatre? Join our mailing list