Show details:


 17–28 April 2018

Short+Sweet Canberra is returning to Canberra Theatre Centre this month, with another great line-up of 10 minute plays to make you laugh, cry or roll your eyes.

Once again, over a hundred artists — including writers, directors and actors — will be putting their talents to good use in the hope of an accolade and the chance to compete at the national festival in Sydney next year.

This year’s festival will be the second directed by local writer, Trevar Alan Chilver. Trevar has been participated in Short+Sweet festivals in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Hollywood, and says, “The short play format demands something in character and plot that gets straight to the point. It’s a unique set of characteristics that make them exciting and challenging”.

Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra is at once local and eclectic. Plays are submitted from all over the world, and the festival director curates plays from local, interstate and overseas writers. Most actors and directors who participate come from Canberra, many travel from the capital region, and the festival has also welcomed actors and directors from Sydney and Melbourne.

The festival’s top 20 is split into two weeks, with 10 different plays each week. On the Saturday in between, there will be two performances of wildcard plays, and the festival ends with a Gala Final, showcasing the most successful plays from the festival.

Top 20 Week 1: 17–20 April, 7.30pm
Wildcards: 21 April, 2pm and 7.30pm
Top 20 Week 2: 24–27 April, 7.30pm
Gala Final: 28 April, 2pm and 7.30pm

Canberra Ticketing and Canberra Theatre Centre are the authorised ticket sellers for this event

Please be aware that the Canberra Theatre Centre has no obligation to honour tickets purchased via unauthorised re-sellers. If you attend the event with a ticket purchased via an unauthorised re-seller such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or otherwise, you may be refused entry to the event.

Please read about our stance on scalping here.


Tuesday 17 April, 7.30pm

Wednesday 18 April, 7.30pm

Thursday 19 April, 7.30pm

Friday 20 April, 7.30pm

Saturday 21 April, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tuesday 24 April, 7.30pm

Wednesday 25 April, 7,30pm

Thursday 26 April, 7.30pm

Friday 27 April, 7.30pm

Saturday 28 April, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


Short+Sweet Canberra


Approximately 150 minutes, including interval.

This performance is suitable for children.

The Courtyard Studio

Additional Information:
Concession prices not available for all shows. Where Concession prices are listed, proof of eligibility for Concession must be presented to Canberra Ticketing staff upon collection of tickets or full price may be charged. Eligible Concession may include Pensioner, Full Time Student, Seniors, Unemployed, Under 27 or Child (15 years and under) and are at the discretion of the show. Not all types of Concessions may apply for the show you have selected.

Top 20 Program

Wildcards Program


Buy Tickets: Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra 2018