The 2016 Short + Sweet Festival, which travels around the world, has just been to Brisbane and is now heading to the Gold Coast. If you missed out on the Brisbane shows you have the opportunity to see them at Arts Centre Gold Coast from August 4 to 13. Short + Sweet is in its 8th year and offers over 65 contemporary acts that range from theatre to cabaret to comedy. The festival’s name represents the length and nature of its acts; they are each under ten minutes long.

The festival director, Nathan Sibthorpe, is enthusiastic about the upcoming Gold Coast performances. We’ve programmed a huge selection of unique work, each one packing a punch. The festival is a great opportunity for audiences to sample different genres and see work by artists both emerging and established in the local industry,” Mr Sibthorpe said. One of the most anticipated acts is the comedic cabaret I Dated Batman, by Tammy Linde. Having just won an inaugural Anywhere Festival Award, Brisbane-local Linde is excited to bring her show the Gold Coast. Linde has based the show around her actual dating experiences –yes, she dated someone who thought he was batman– and tells the audience about them in her own hilarious way through original stories and songs. The show appeals to anyone who has ever been on a date that didn’t go as planned, or to anyone who loves snappy comedy or soulful tunes.While Tammy has over 20 years experience, Short + Sweet also gives emerging artists the opportunity to show the local community what they’ve got. Underground Productions, The University of Queensland theatre society, will be performing four shows at The Arts Centre Gold Coast and is a regular contender of Short + Sweet. “The lineup represents a real melting pot of talent, from seasoned professionals to recreational artists – and with a diverse range of tastes and skills,” Mr Sibthorpe said. Tickets can be purchased on the Short + Sweet Festival website and you can buy drama tickets, cabaret tickets, or both for a reduced price. Come and see how much can be jam-packed into ten minutes.

Words by Anna Ghioni
Image by Tammy Linde