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1 Katie Noonan, voted one of
the 20 greatest Australian
singers of all time by her peers,
will play a one-night only gig
in Canberra. Her intimate solo
performance Songbook will
show at The Street Theatre on
Saturday, August 2 from 8pm.
It will include a support set by
singer-songwriter Jack Carty.
Tickets $40, Concessions $38.
Box office opens 90 minutes
before the show.
2 Dendy Civic is holding a
Disney Princess Film Festival
throughout August. Classic
screenings of Sleeping Beauty,
Pocahontas, The Little
Mermaid, Snow White and
Beauty and the Beast will be
available on Saturdays and
Sundays over five weekends. In
addition to 10am screenings,
there will be face painting,
arts, crafts, nail painting and
special events for little ones to
get involved in from 9.30am.
All tickets $7.
3 Canberra Folk parody duo
Sparrow-Folk are showing
off their assets again in
Canberra and celebrating their
first birthday. The group's
bare-all clip for their song Ruin
Your Day was recorded at the
Cupping Room in Civic and
since its release earlier this year
has more than half a million
views on YouTube. Find out
what the fuss is about as they
play The Front Gallery and
Cafe on Friday, August 1.
4 The funniest and freshest
acts of The Sydney Comedy
Festival will be hand-picked
and squeezed into one
hilarious night of world-class
comedy. Head along to The
Canberra Theatre Festival on
Saturday August 2 from
7.30pm and catch a line-up of
international and local
comedians. Tickets $40 at
5 Presented by QL2 Dance
Boundless will be a triple
bill of contrasting short works
by up and coming Canberra
region and interstate dancers.
The series showcases the next
generation of dancers. At the
Canberra Theatre Centre July
20 to August 2. Tickets $32,
concessions $20 at
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STEPPING OUT • GIGS • ENTERTAINMENT • MOVIES • TV GUIDE
SHORT + SWEET -- CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE, AUGUST 5-16.
Speedy playwrights watch the clock
The plays being presented come from all over the world, but have to adhere to one rule: they may only be 10 minutes long.
The adage that less is more'' is thrust
into full theatrical play when writers
and actors take to the ACT stage for
Short + Sweet, the largest 10-minute
theatre festival in the world.
From humble beginnings as a small
Sydney gig, Short + Sweet has grown
into a global festival brand and has
been held in India, Malaysia, New
Zealand, Dubai and Singapore. Back
home the festival continues to play in
all major cities and has even travelled
out to regional centres such as Broken
Hill and Dubbo.
The Canberra leg of the festival will
feature an eclectic mix of local and
visiting theatrical talent that includes
the compositional genius of local lady
Heidi Silbermann. Ms Silbermann has
been a stalwart of the Short + Sweet
scene for some time and believes that
the festival has provided the
opportunity for high-quality stage
drama to be produced and perpetuated.
"People from all around the world
submit 10-minute theatre productions
and it is only about 30 who can go
through to the festival, so it's always
really good quality writing," Ms
"It's a fantastic chance for Canberra
performers and artists to get together
and produce work of really great
For the Canberra leg of the festival,
Ms Silbermann will be performing in
Triple Nought, a unscripted
experiment in improvised theatrical
performance. She has also written Just
Another Family Dinner, which centres
around the debilitating impacts and
perceptions of depression and mental
Director and performer John
Lambard is also no stranger to
Short + Sweet. His play Therapist was
awarded the People's Choice Winner
at the Sydney festival earlier this year.
The purpose of Lambard's journey to
the capital is to bring to life the tale of
a young Japanese woman.
"I describe it as Mean Girls meet
Geisha," Mr Lambard said.
The period piece revolves around
the use of Kabuki -- a Japanese style of
movement -- in order to portray the shy
nature of a young court lady who is
misunderstood and subsequently
"It's a very visual piece. I wanted to
do a movement piece because my
plays can be very talky so I thought it
would be fun to do something with lots
of silence. The story is told through the
way the performer is moving rather
than just words," Mr Lambard said.
Short + Sweet will be running
from August 5 to August 16 at the
Canberra Theatre Centre.
Tickets can be purchased at
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