Sharp Short Theatre 2021

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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!

The following plays have been selected to perform in the final on Friday June 18th and be eligible to win the prizes awarded by the judges on the evening:

Richard Johnson Anglican School                            What’s Stopping Us?

The Hills Drama School                                            Dr Stalk’s DIY Therapy

Sydney Talent Company (Baulkham Hills)               Paradise Springs

Hunter School of the Performing Arts                      The Explorers

CentreStage                                                            Milk Wars

Pymble Ladies College                                           The Flight

Edmund Rice College                                             Broken Waves

Pymble Ladies College                                          Siri Says

Hunter School of the Performing Arts                    Overdue

Our Lady of Mercy College                                   #heartattack4eva

In addition, the following play has won the Mentor’s Choice award and will be invited to perform on Friday during the judges deliberations. It will not be eligible to win any of the prizes awarded by the judges, but has already won a guaranteed prize:

Hunter School of the Performing Arts                    Love in an Elevator

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 

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Ticket Prices

Per Entry
Concession $12
Students/Teachers $12
All Tickets

Transaction fees apply

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