Jump into the ‘Tropfest’ of theatre to taste and explore the very best of emerging and established artists from South East Queensland’s theatre and cabaret performers.

The Short+Sweet Festival, now in it’s seventh year, is on again from 9 to 18 July at the Brisbane Powerhouse and 30 July to 8 August at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

A unique program of over 60 performances and over 250 artists presenting theatre, cabaret, and comedy, festival participants work towards gaining the coveted Festival titles, including Best Overall Production, Best Actor, Best Cabaret Artist and Audience Choice.

The full program is divided into seven strands made up of 5-10 works in a single line-up and each strand is attended by a panel of anonymous judges drawn from the local industry.

Festival Director Nathan Sibthorpe said the wonderful thing about this Festival is the opportunity for audiences to take a magical carpet ride through a wide variety of different acts…all in one night.  It’s hard, it’s fast, it’s funny, sad, punchy and offers a myriad of theatre voices an opportunity to ‘strut their stuff’.  In short – It’s Short+Sweet….

Nathan also said that the success of the Cabaret strand of the Festival with audiences has seen a sharp rise in the number of fresh, funny and poignant cabaret artists putting their works forward.

“The 2015 program is a wonderful mash-up of original comedy acts, new Australian drama, contemporary dance, musical songbook, biting satire, reckless parody, and even some cheeky burlesque!”

Festival highlights include Slaying the Troll, a physical performance exploring the culture of internet trolls; Indefatigablea physically and mentally demanding performance” exploring violence and masculinity; and The Retrofuturists, a cabaret about futuristic time travellers with a lust for 80’s pop music.

On the Gold Coast, highlights include The Sunflower Puzzle, an original musical exploring depression; and choose-your-own-adventure story The Customer is Always Right.

“The Festival has so much to offer audiences in fantastic short, sharp bursts.  At just 10-minutes a pop, Short+Sweet is perfect entertainment.  Each night offers a real mixed bag of shows, and it’s very much a lucky dip. There’s really nothing else like it.”

For more information, see our event guide for Brisbane and the Gold Coast.