Sharp Short Theatre 2021

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 07 June - 18 June 2021
Category Live Event

Riverside Theatres presents

Now in its sixth 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!

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


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.

Prizes are designed to help further develop the winner’s talents and are from some of the best theatre companies in Australia. Previous prizes have included opportunities from 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 head to the Registration Tab to register now!

Entries close 5pm Friday 23 April 2021

Please Note:

Tickets to this event are sold to 100% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. NSW Health strongly recommends you wear a mask when you are inside places where it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Please note that NSW Health regularly updates areas where there may be concerns regarding potential case transmission of COVID-19.  Prior to attending your performance, we suggest patrons check the latest Case Alert Updates from Health NSW and follow the instructions regarding Close Contacts and requirements for self-isolation and/or COVID testing as stipulated by Health NSW and the current NSW Public Health Orders. Please note that patrons who have visited any identified alert area must NOT attend public performances or gatherings of any type. If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email

Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: defined audience capacity; social distancing; wearing face masks; mandatory Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces.

Please review our Patron Safety Information before you visit us at Riverside.

It is also important that if you are unwell you stay at home. We have updated our ticket conditions and our Box Office team are available to talk through possible exchange and refund options. You can contact the Box Office on 02 8839 3399 or email

Thank you for keeping our community safe.

Photo by Katrina James

SUITABLE FOR YEARS 3 – 12 (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.

According to the exemption under the public health order (COVID 19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 (NSW) under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), issued on February 1 2021, organised groups who enter a premises as part of a school, child care, aged care or disability group are not required to provide the premises with contact details of every person in their group. This is subject to the following conditions:

  • It is duty of the group organiser (teacher or carer) to keep an electronic record of the entire group and their contact details for 28 days after the event.
  • The group organiser must provide the premises (Riverside Theatres) with at least two contacts to make available to NSW Health.

Curriculum Links and Resources
Download the Curriculum Links (for participants) here: Sharp Short Theatre 2021 Curriculum Links 

Riverside’s Risk Assessment & Covid Safe Plan
Download our Risk Assessment 
Take a look at our Patron Safety Information and Download our Covid Safe Plan 

Click here for more information about Access at Riverside

Sharp Short Theatre 2021 Registration Form

  • We only require a postal address and not a street address for registration.
  • About the Entry

  • Please enter a number greater than or equal to 1.
  • Required for dressing room allocation
    Please enter a number greater than or equal to 0.
  • Required for dressing room allocation
    Please enter a number greater than or equal to 0.
  • 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):
  • Heats

    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 the day of your heat. 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 18 June 2021 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.

    All content submitted for the competition should be reasonably suitable for general audiences, but we do understand that sometimes content submitted by older entrants can contain more mature content and themes. For the other heats, where applicable, content advice will be provided on the programs and patrons given the opportunity to take young children out of the venue for a particular act if they choose. Riverside still reserves the right to not allow content they deem inappropriate for a general audience as per the terms and conditions.
  • 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.
  • An invoice will be raised and sent to you via email. Please select which method you intend to pay by:
  • Music and APRA

  • 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 their 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 the terms and conditions here. I have read, understood and agree to the terms and conditions


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Dates and Times:

Heat 1- Monday 7 June 2021 at 7:30pm
Heat 2 – Tuesday 8 June 2021 at 7:30pm
Heat 3 – Wednesday 9 June 2021 at 7:30pm
Heat 4 – Thursday 10 June 2021 at 7:30pm

Friday 18 June 2021 at 7:30pm


Approximately 2 hours including a 20 minute interval

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 20 minute interval

Ticket Prices

Per Entry
Concession $12
Students/Teachers $12
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Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $4.60
Counter $4.60
School Bookings $4.60
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