Wesley Institute Actors Win Recognition at the Short and Sweet Gala Finals!
Wesley Institute’s Alumni Theatre Group, Twisted Tree Theatre, performed their original act, Commedia Della Scorreggia, in Short and Sweet’s Gala Finals on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March, winning the award for the best ‘Independent Theatre Company.’
Short and Sweet Theatre is the world’s largest festival of ‘ten minute theatre’. It’s been running for a decade, and annually features over 300 ten minute plays at both national and international festivals. Commedia Della Scorreggia, both written and acted by Wesley Institute’s School of Drama Alumni Scott Parker (2009), Nicholas O'Regan (2009) and Ben Vickers (2007), and current Drama students Bobby den Engelsman and Andrew Bollom, advanced to the Finals after winning their ‘festival heat’ at the Newtown Theatre in January.
Out of 194 ten minute theatre works within the Short and Sweet Festival (Sydney), comprised of over 1000 actors, directors and writers, only 13 were chosen to compete in the Gala Finals. Performing before a full house at the NIDA Parade Theatre, Commedia Della Scorreggia once again captured the audience with its witty script and engaging style.
The award for best ‘Independent Theatre Company’ recognises the achievements of the company that excels both on-stage and off-stage. The Short and Sweet crew were given the opportunity to voice their input and recognise the theatre company that performed with talent, professionalism and concern for those around them (cast and crew). The award came with a prize package valued at $1000. Short and Sweet Festival Director, Alex Broun, on congratulating the group, stated, “The group of 5 boys from Twisted Tree Theatre are doing an old art form, but they are doing it very well.”
Scott Parker, who co-wrote, acted in, and directed the act, was nominated for the ‘Best New Talent’ award. Out of over 1000 Short and Sweet participants, only a handful were chosen as finalists for the award.
On behalf of Wesley Institute, we would like to congratulate the actors on their achievement!
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