Short+Sweet South India
Short+Sweet South India
Inspired by its namesake festival in Sydney, held in 30 cities across seven countries, Short+Sweet South India is a festival/competition for 10-minute-long theatrical presentations. The festival, which started as Short+Sweet Chennai in 2011, has been open to entries from India and across the world since 2014.
Playwrights, actors, directors and independent theatre companies are invited to participate. The performances range from dance-theatre to music-theatre, comedy and cabaret.
Several of the winning plays develop into full-length productions. In previous instalments, the Best Play Award has gone to The Fruits of War, directed by Samyuktha PC (2011); My Name is Cine-ma, by Mathivanan Rajendran (2012); A Typist with Destiny, by Rajiv Rajaram (2014); Tale of a Tall Girl, by Sunil Vishnu K. (2016); Song of Love, by Sunil Vishnu K. (2017) and The History Boys, by Mathivanan Rajendrana (2017).
The annual festival, which did not take place in 2015 and between 2019 and 2021, will return in 2022 with its eighth edition. This year, it will run for four weeks and will feature 50 plays. The first three weeks will witness the staging of 30 plays as well as two weekend shows of 10 ‘wildcard’ entries.
Audiences and a jury, comprising luminaries from the arts and theatre scenes, will separately vote for their favourites. The crowds’ and judges’ top picks go through to the final, held during the fourth and last week. The awards ceremony will honour 16 Plays of the Day, three top 30 and two wildcard winners, as well best production, best director, best script, best actor – male, and best actor – female.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Chennai
1. By Air: Chennai International Airport is 7 km away from Chennai city. Frequent domestic as well as international flights arrive here. Anna Terminal receives international flights from various major cities in the world. Kamaraj Terminal, which is at a distance of 150 metres from the Anna Terminal, has domestic flights connecting Chennai with major Indian cities.
2. By Rail: Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore are the main railway stations in the city, receiving regular trains from various major cities of India such as Bengaluru, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
3. By Road: The city is well connected with other cities in India by a road network. Various national highways from Chennai connect with Bengaluru (330 km), Trichy (326 km), Puducherry (162 km) and Tiruvallur (47 km). One can also use car rental services or state transport buses.
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Parking facilities
- Unisex toilets
- Wheelchair access
- Limited capacity
- Masks mandatory
- Only fully vaccinated attendees allowed
- Sanitiser booths
- Temperature checks
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Summer clothes to beat the humidity.
2. Comfortable footwear such as sandals, flip flops and sneakers.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
About Prakriti Foundation
Prakriti Foundation is an arts and culture-based NGO in Chennai, founded in 1998. Prakriti…
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