Original article at Glebe Central by James Gorman
Published on 21 March 2013
The final plays have been announced for the 12th annual Short+Sweet Sydney festival.
The top plays selected from more than 1000 entries will be presented on Friday and Saturday at the gala finals at the Seymour Centre.
Each play lasts only 10 minutes, giving audience and judges a short and sweet taste of everyone’s work.
On of the finalists, Handyman, is by Glebe director Stephen Wallace, who has had extensive work experience in the film industry.
Handyman is a whimsical tale of a relationship soured by mistrust as a girlfriend reacts with shock and horror when she discovers her boyfriend has been unfaithful.
This sets her off on a journey of revenge and retribution.
Wallace, who is a teacher at the Screenwise film academy, said he has been entering Short + Sweet since 2006 as a means of getting his students acknowledged in the cutthroat industry.
“I train and work with young actors and I want to give them something they can do on stage that will be seen by lots of people,” he said.
“I don’t really need exposure as I have done well for myself over the years, but if I can help one of my students get recognition that would be great.”
Wallace said the biggest challenge was adapting the one-woman show, which stars 24-year-old actor Emily Kivilcim, for a bigger stage.
“We have been used to rehearsing this to a much smaller audience in a much smaller theatre and we are now trying to adapt it to a much bigger space which is always a challenge,” he said.
“I have no idea if this play will be good enough to win, but I know Emily has done an amazing job.”
Image courtesy of Attila Szilvasi