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NEW Achilles 2013)
In big business, everyone has a weakness. Their Achilles' heel. It's just a matter of finding it. A comedy about very modern failings.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 female, 2 male

Achilles was first produced on May 8th, 2014 at Eltham Little Theatre in Victoria, Australia, as part of The Ten Minute Quickies. The production was directed by Andrew Kelso and performed by Madeleine Barwick, Brett Hyland and Kevin Maynes.
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NEW afterwards (2014)
According to the National Violence Against Women Survey, 1 in 6 U.S. women will be the victim of sexual abuse or attempted sexual abuse in their lifetime. The act itself is damage enough. But what happens afterwards… How do women rebuild their lives? 

(PLEASE NOTE: This play deals with incidents of sexual abuse. Accounts in the play have been taken from actual survivors of sexual abuse. Names have been changed to protect confidentiality. Survivors of sexual abuse may find this play upsetting and confronting.)

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 5 female

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NEW Bad Relationship No.253 (1993)

Neil always has perfect relationships. Greg's always end up in disaster. Maybe this is the start of the perfect relationship. Maybe not. A stand alone scene taken from Alex's smash hit comedy about modern relationships, Pick Ups.

WARNING: ADULT CONTENT - Sexual themes.

Duration: 3 mins Cast: 2 male

Bad relationship No.253 was first presented as part of Pick Ups by the Summer of Love Theatre Company at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre in Sydney Australia in January 1993. The production was directed by Christopher Cummings and performed by Felix Williamson, Marta Dusseldorp, Damien Cudmore and Heather Simpson.

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NEW Bake-Off (2011)

For eleven years the South Eastern Queensland Regional Agricultural Show Annual Cake Bake-Off has belonged to Boonah. But after losing to "the bitches from Bunburra", team captain Trish has a recipe to put Boonah back on top. However Belle has discovered another secret weapon? A battle to the very last piece, with strudels. 

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 4 female

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NEW Ballerina Flowers (2012) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
Ashley's mum was a ballerina but now she's gone. Sometimes life is as fragile as the flower Ashley is trying to draw. But Ashley's Mum always had a dream she never got to fulfill - to dance for the Queen. Maybe Ashley's friends - Emily, Hannah, Sarah and Taylor - can help Ashley fulfill her Mum's final wish.

Duration: 10 mins  Cast: 5 female (11-16 years)

Ballerina Flowers was first produced by Jigsaw Theatre Company in Canberra, Australia in 2012. The production was directed by Craig Higgs.

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NEW Bathroom (1993)
Simone just wants to brush her teeth. But who is the strange man standing in her bathroom? I guess there are stranger places to meet. At least he's not using her toothbrush. (The prequel to Hidden Agenda. May be performed together or individually.)

Duration: 5 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female

Bathroom was first presented as part of Pick Ups by the Summer of Love Theatre Company at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre in Sydney Australia in January 1993. The production was directed by Christopher Cummings and performed by Felix Williamson, Marta Dusseldorp, Damien Cudmore and Heather Simpson.

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NEW flight (2013) 
"Something happened, on the flight"
When an unexpected event occurs on a flight from Dubai to Bangalore, hard edged business woman Anthea Haney's past re-emerges and she is confronted by how fragile her grip on the present really is. A moving monologue for a strong actress.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 female

flight was first produced at King Street Theatre, Sydney, Australia as part of Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2014. The production was directed by Glen Pead and performed by Lisa Hanssens.

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NEW Hidden Agenda (1993) 
Ever been on a date and wondered exactly what the other person was thinking? Nick and Simone are about to reveal all. (The follow up to Bathroom. The plays may be performed together or individually.) 

Duration: 5 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female

Hidden Agenda was first presented as part of Pick Ups by the Summer of Love Theatre Company at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre in Sydney Australia in January 1993. The production was directed by Christopher Cummings and performed by Felix Williamson, Marta Dusseldorp, Damien Cudmore and Heather Simpson.

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NEW Missing Katerina (2012) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS, COLLEGES
Terry has just gone through a painful break up with Katerina. So he writes a play to help him get over it and maybe win a new girlfriend, the beautiful actress Crystal. Maybe Terry's friend Bob would like to help out? Bad idea. A comedy about love, friendship - and skateboards. (BONUS SCRIPT: Script download includes both ten minute and fifteen minute versions of the play )

Duration: 10 mins and 15 mins Cast: 2 male, 1 female

Missing Katerina was first performed on July 26th, 2012 as part of the GOOD Work Playwrights Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The production was directed by Michael Jared Tarver with Hannah Moore, Brian Gillard and Joshua Shank.

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NEW Popular (2012) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
What does it take to become popular? The right clothes, hanging out at the right places, the right friends. It certainly doesn't help if you sit in the park all day and read. Somebody obviously forgot to tell Olivia, Mary and Abigail that. 

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 5 female (11-16 years)

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NEW Predator (1993)
Michael and Bettina are out on a date. But that isn't going to stop Korry. He is the original predator and he's closing in for the kill. A stand alone scene taken from Alex's smash hit comedy about modern relationships, Pick Ups

Duration: 5 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female

Predator was first presented as part of Pick Ups by the Summer of Love Theatre Company at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre in Sydney Australia in January 1993. The production was directed by Christopher Cummings and performed by Felix Williamson, Marta Dusseldorp, Damien Cudmore and Heather Simpson.

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NEW Spading (1993)
Peter has Angela's interest, now he just has to come up with exactly the right line. And fast - time is running out! An hilarious short stand alone scene from Alex's smash hit longer play - Pick Ups. 

Duration: 5 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female

Spading was first presented as part of Pick Ups by the Summer of Love Theatre Company at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre in Sydney Australia in January 1993. The production was directed by Christopher Cummings and performed by Felix Williamson, Marta Dusseldorp, Damien Cudmore and Heather Simpson.


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NEW Spam Symphony (2013) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
Billions of spam are sent around the world each day. Here are just a few of them. (This play may be performed by actors of any age, male or female)

Duration: 10 mins, Cast: 5 male/female

Spam Symphony was first produced on June 15th, 2013 by Mirror Theatre as part of Til Tech Do Us Part at the Avery Schreiber Playhouse in Los Angeles, California, USA. It was directed by Gera Mermann and starred Ngozi Andrade Messam, Paul Calderon, Jordan Wallis, Ethan Grant and Ketty Citterio.

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NEW Team BL (2012) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
They wanted to be like Team USA, instead they're like Team BL - Bad Losers. They try hard but whatever Stephanie, Lauren, Courtney, Alexis, Victoria and Brianna do it just doesn't seem to work. Even if they have Lauren on their team - the best player in the whole competition. Maybe they're forgetting to do the most important thing.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 6 female (11-16 years)

Team BL was first performed on November 10th, 2012 by Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School at St Andrew's Church Hall in Richmond, Hampshire, England. The production was directed by Sylvie Sice.
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NEW Television Man (2002)
"Today I have watched eleven hours of television. Tonight I will watch six more." Just how much television can one person watch. When too much is never enough.

Duration: 8 mins Cast: 1 male/female

Television Man was first produced as part of Blind City at the Bondi Pavilion in Sydney in 2002, performed by Graeme Rhodes, directed by Kym Weatherley.

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NEW The secret to making the perfect aloo paratha (2013) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
Adapted by Sahaah Malik, Dalieh Qarooni, and Sanjit Chakravarty.
A Bollywood inspired adaptation of Alex's play The Secret to making the perfect lasagna. All the fun of the original with a whole new falvour, brilliantly conceived and first performed by students at the American School of Dubai. Complete with an all singing all dancing Bollywood finale! 

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 8 female, 1 male

The secret to making the perfect aloo paratha was first performed on February 20th, 2013 at the American School of Dubai as part of The Future Starts in Ten Minutes. The production was directed by Phil Ridley and performed by Sanjit Chakravarty (as Nathan), Sahaah Malik, Avantika Khanna, Brinda Girish, Soraya Mamiche Afara, Yoojin Hahn, Sophia Uppal, Dalia Qarooni and Niloofar Farzaneh.
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NEW Together, we are Anna (2011) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
Written for the Mumbai Mirror in India in response to Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement, this insightful drama tells the story of Uma, an elderly supporter of Anna, travelling to join the protests in Delhi who encounters a cynical tax driver called Navin. He agrees corruption is rife in India but he is not sure Anna is the man to stop it. 

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 female, 1 male

Together we are Anna was first published in the Mumbai Mirror (pictured) on August 21st, 2011 under the title Silence! The protest is in session!. It was first produced under the same title at the Indian Theatre Centre in Mumbai, India on September 1st, 2011. The production was designed and directed by PARAMESHwar K.R, performed by R.S. Mani and Meenalatha.

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NEW While you were sleeping 
A lot can happen while you're asleep. Kym is about to find out just how much. A very modern comedy about the one thing we all can't live without - our phone! (BONUS SCRIPT: Script download includes both ten minute and fifteen minute versions of the play )

Duration: 10 mins, Cast: 3 female, 1 male

While you were sleeping was first performed at Short+Sweet Sydney on January 23rd, 2013 at the King Street Theatre, Sydney, Australia. The production was directed by Kingsley with Amanda Porter, James Hartley, Kate Coates and Debbie Tilley.

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NEW Who gets killed?
A stand alone scene from Alex's smash hit longer play Pick Ups, Who gets killed? is a glimpse into the darker side of dating. A pitch black dark comedy it's like Looking for Mr Goodbar meets Silence of the lambs. It's near closing time when Rebecca meets Glen. She thinks she knows who he is and what he wants. She has no idea. Yet.

Duration: 5 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female

Who gets killed? was first presented as part of Pick Ups by the Summer of Love Theatre Company at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre in Sydney Australia in January 1993. The production was directed by Christopher Cummings and performed by Felix Williamson, Marta Dusseldorp, Damien Cudmore and Heather Simpson.

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10,000 cigarettes (2005) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
"I'm standing in the entry hall of Le Palais de Cigarette and a butler - very regal, English accent - with a voice that sounds like vintage port meets Golden syrup - greets me. He bears an engraved silver tray and on the tray is one lone cigarette and a silver lighter. Now at first I'm a little less than pleased by this. "One cigarette - is that it ?" But I have no need to worry." Cigarettes. One is too many, ten thousand never enough. Or is it ?

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 4 female or 3 female, 1 male


1Alex's most popular play 10,000 cigarettes was first produced at the Seymour Centre in Sydney, Australia as part of Short+Sweet Sydney 2006 on February 25th, 2006 with the following cast: Jasmin de Main, Albany Dighton, Michelle Kavanagh and Caroline McQuade. The production was directed by Adam Gelin. It has since gone on to over 200 productions worldwide in over twenty countries including Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and over 40 states in the USA. Pictured is the production at Brock University in St Catharines, Ontario, Canada in March 2010 directed by Andie Burwash with the following cast: Genevieve Jones (Gloria 1), Meghan Douglas (Gloria 2), Stefanie LePine (Gloria 3) and Britany Stewart (Gloria 4).
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27 Flavours of her Kiss (2008)
Cardamom Avenue. Honeysuckle Jasmine. Rippleberry Almond. Candlewax Caramel. Daydream Apple-Blossom. So many flavours. So many kisses. But what flavour is Numb? A delicious romantic comedy about that most perfect of pastimes - kissing.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male 1 female

27 Flavours of her Kiss was first produced at Flagler College, Saint Augustine, Florida, USA on March 29, 2011. The production (pictured) was directed by Liz Bernstein with the following cast: Nathan Hauser (Xander, front), James Defoor (Kisser 1) and Kaity Jakson (Kisser 2). The Stage Manager was Emily Diggs. Photo credit: Nikki Falcao.

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50 Guns (2010)
"I have always been fascinated by guns. Their sleekness, their shinyness, the elegance of their design. And guns know who they are. They do not experience existential doubt. Whatever happens the gun is still a gun".  50 guns. 50 deaths. But some are too painful to re-visit.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 female

This version of 50 Guns was first presented as part of the Source Festival in Washington DC on June 7, 2013, directed by Ali Miller and starring Kathryn M Ryan. The play is also a part of Gun Control Theatre Action, a group of plays being read around the USA and the world to promote greater gun control. For more information go to www.theatreaction.org

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A Difficult Birth (2002)
Hospital Waiting Room, Midnight. Petyr has been summoned to the hospital to decide the fate of his estranged wife, Janet. But there is something about Janet's condition that is going to complicate the decision - and the arrival of Janet's even-more estranged mother, Caroline, is not going to help.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male, 1 female


A Difficult Birth was produced in 2007 at the Newtown Theatre in Sydney as part of "Love & War", directed by Lauren Pfitzner with Damien Blackshaw, Richard Mason and Kath Perry.

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A pubic hair by Johnny Depp (2009) (Alternative title: Selling Johnny Depp) 
When Celia finds some "merchandise" left behind by a world famous actor in the hotel where she cleans, her boyfriend Aaron brings in a dealer called Memos who specialises in celebrity mementos. Once Memos has the authentication he needs, he's ready for some haggling - and a little bit of show-and-tell.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male 2 female

A pubic hair by Johnny Depp was first produced under the title Selling Jonny Depp by the Essendon Theatre Company in Victoria, Australia as part of A Fly on the Wall on June 17th, 2010. The production was directed by Natasha Boyd and Tess Maurici-Ryan with the following cast: Michael Fennemore Cocks, Thomas Kay and Sila Simsek.

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an angel but in the dark (2008)
"... for the short time I met your daughter I began to see she was an angel but in the dark. Even though Katie is not with us she still shines brightly as a star in the night sky".
Written in response to the tragic death of Kate Beagley in London, England, 2007 and the conviction of Karl Taylor for her murder. With the greatest respect for Kate's memory and her family.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male 1 female

an angel but in the dark was first presented as part of Brand Spanking New at the New Theatre in Sydney, Australia in October 2008. Directed by Paul Appleby, with Sandy Velini, Sergei Kozul and Ross Scott. Pictured is the Southport State High School production on the Gold Coast, Australia in July 2010 with Karlo Bilic (left) as Alan, Liam Layne as Karl, Elena Soler-Torrijos (right) as Claire and Tamara Surti as Kate. 

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Armistice Day (2000)
It's Armistice Day once more and Phil, a Korean War Veteran, makes a lonely dawn trek to the War Memorial to share a beer with a long lost friend. But this morning, Phil is not alone. Armistice Day explores what war and "remembrance" means to two very different generations.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male

Armistice Day was produced at the Newtown Theatre as part Short & Sweet Sydney in 2002, directed by Andrew Matthews, with Hamish Pritchard and Robert Sharpe.

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Ash (2008)
Jessikah and her best friend Ashleigh are heading to 10,000 feet in an old "junk bucket" that may fall apart at any moment. In her hands Jessikah clutches the ashes of her recently deceased boyfriend, Lex. But things become even worse when Jessikah reveal Lex's final wish.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 female

Ash was first produced by the Actor's College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) in Sydney, Australia as part of Twelve Broun Shorts with Laura Holmes and Victoria Greiner. Directed by John O'Hare. Pictured are Meg Ellis as Jessica and Kathryn Tilker as Ashleigh from the Oakbank Area School production in South Australia in 2010, directed by Meran Fischer.

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Auckland (2002)
Shahwali Basiri, Shah for short, a Hazari refugee from Vardak in Afghanistan, escapes certain death in his country with his family -wife Akimeh, and three children - two strong boys, Mahdi and Hadi, and a beautiful little girl, Lila. They set sail for Australia on the KM Palapa. Little does he know the little fishing boat will take them to the edge of death. But on the fourth day they are rescued by a much bigger boat - the Tampa. Shahwali does not know it yet - but their journey has only just begun. A haunting monologue about the other side of Australia's refugee "crisis".

Duration: 12 mins Cast: 1 male

Auckland was first performed at Newtown Theatre in Sydney, Australia as part of Short+Sweet Sydney 2010 on January 16th, 2010. The production was directed and performed by Subramaniam V (pictured).

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australia is a tree growing in a garden in Chennai (2011) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
A ferry in Mumbai harbour, heading back from The Elephanta Caves to India Gate, Mumbai. Ed and Lawrence, two Australian tourists with very different views of India and Australia, meet on the top deck. It's a small boat, the sun is going down and there are choppy waters ahead.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male

australia is a tree growing in a garden in Chennai was first produced at Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA on November 7th, 2011. The production was directed by Jimmy Fahringer and performed by Andy Simpson as Ed and Matt Krieg as Lawrence

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becoming (2010) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, YOUTH THEATRES
Jamie punches first and thinks later. An exploration of scorn and violence. Where is the line between who we are and the acts we commit?  (NOW ALSO AVAILABLE in new 15 minute version, written specially for La Luna Youth Arts in Townsville.)

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male - 5 male or female chorus

becoming was first produced by the National Youth Theatre Company as part of Growing Up at Carriage Works in Sydney, Australia, in August, 2010, performed by the Senior Company and directed by Lindsay Farris. The new 15 minute version was first performed on May 4th, 2014, by La Luna Youth Arts at the Civic Theatre in Townsville, directed by Jonathon Brown. Pictured is the Oakbank Area School production in South Australia in 2012, directed by Meran Fischer with James Gray as Jamie (pictured), David Patrizi, Katie Dashwood and John Decoster.

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Beer (2010)
At the forefront of great Australian traditions and rituals lies one constant...

Duration: 3 mins Cast: 1 male

This version of Beer was first produced on December 20th, 2012 at Northland Youth Theatre at the Old Stone Butter Factory in Whangarei, New Zealand. The production was directed by Dallas Rees

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Beer and Newspaper(2010) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
Jamie has a crush on a mysterious stranger, known only to her as Beer and Newspaper- the sweet scent that lingers around him every evening. On a day when the whole city seems to be going mad, she has only one thing on her mind.

Duration: 8 mins Cast: 1 female

This version of Beer and Newspaper was first produced on March 20th, 2013 at the Heidelberger Platz Subway Station in Berlin, Germany. Directed by Maximilian Vesper.

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Beijing Big Mac (2002) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
When Australian traveller Len steps into a Beijing McDonalds to escape the biting wind and rain the last person he expects to meet is another Australian. But the reception he gets from vegetarian Susannah is as chilly as the icy blast coming down from Mongolia. Or is it Siberia ?

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 female, 1 male

Beijing Big Mac was first produced at the Mini-Fiesta at Dante's in Melbourne, Australia in 2007, directed by Heath Miller with Jennifer Lusk and Pier Carthew.

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blog (2007) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
When May, better known as the blogger "Betty Boo", is approached in her local café she thinks Jean just wants to congratulate her on her scathing report on the first night of the "Poetry Slam". I mean it's just an opinion right ? Just a blog ? Everyone has the right. And after all - everyone agreed. It was crap. Got its just desserts. Or did it ? Can 'bloggers' just write whatever they think ? Even when they may be wrong ?

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 female or 2 male

blog was first produced in February 2008 at The Fine Arts Association in Ohio, USA, as part of the 12th Annual One Act Festival - "Hot from the Oven -- a la carte". Directed by Ann Hedger. Pictured are Michael Evans as John and Kim Saywell as Mark in the all-male version produced at the Oakbank Area School in South Australia in 2010, directed by Meran Fischer.

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Blood Reversal (2008)
It's funny who you meet in your kitchen in the middle of the night when you go down to make a cup of tea. The last person Lachlan is expecting to meet is Angelo, especially while Lachlan's wearing his kitten Pjs and Angelo is holding a very large knife. A tense drama for two actors

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male


Blood Reversal was first produced at North Park Theatre in Chicago, USA in 2009. Directed by Diana Mehedinti with Nels Carlson (Angelo) and Robert Eisenbraun (Lachlan). Pictured is Zach Anthony Curran as Angelo in Short but not so Sweet 2009 at Cromwell Road Theatre, Melbourne, Australia. The production was directed by Ross Brisbane.

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Broken hearts on the red carpet at Tropfest (2009)
On the red carpet at Australia's most famous short film festival, Alan comes looking for Edie, the woman he loves. Edie is about to send him a break-up text message and see her new boyfriend's film. Has Alan come too late to win her back?

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male 1 female

Broken hearts on the Red Carpet at Tropfest was first produced by Pop Culture as part of Pop Culture - An opus of short plays at the Theatre Husk in Northcote, Melbourne, Australia on December 16th, 2010. The production was directed by Jeremy Guzman and Lindsay Pritchard and performed by Rachel Woodgate as Edie, Christopher Weinberg as Alan (pictured) and Lindsay Prichard as Glen.
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Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook (2008)
Facebook. It's a valuable "social networking" tool. But what if you haven't got any friends? Cate Blanchett, Academy Award winning actress (She played Galadriel in Lord of the Rings 1, 2 and 3!) knows the feeling. And now she's out to get some more. Whether Barry likes it or not. A comedy - with one very famous person...

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 female 2 male

Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook was first produced by White Room Theatre at the 2008 Brighton Festival, followed by the Edinburgh Festival 2008. It was also produced by the Melbourne Writer's Theatre as part of Playspotting: Melborn 2008 at the Carlton Courthouse, Melbourne and by Rapscallion Theatre as part of the 2nd Annual Salute UR Shorts New Play Festival in Brooklyn, New York.

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Chasing the Peloton (2008) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
Joupredou. They call him "Le Grande" - "The Great One" because he carries the hope of the whole of France in his well toned muscles. To become the first Frenchman to win Le Tour de France in over twenty years. But all that is about to change. Joupredou wears the Maillot Jaune (Yellow Jersey). Joupredou is leading by two minutes and forty one seconds on Stage 17. Joupredou is going to win Le Tour de France. Then Joupredou falls. Now he finds himself riding alongside Vav, L'Espagnol - "The Spaniard" - le Lanterne rouge (The Red Lantern), the last rider, at the back of the field. His dreams of a famous victory as battered and scratched as his bicycle. But Vav has a plan. A comedy with men on bikes.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male


Chasing the Peloton was first produced at St Paul's Grammar in Penrith, Australia in 2009. Directed by Jacqueline Tuting.
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Currency Press (2009)
Cole has done something bad. Very bad. He's kidnapped Cerise. But she deserved it! Right ? He sent her his play six months and three weeks ago and she never even responded. Convincing her it's good enough to publish is only the start of Cole's problems.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male 1 female

Currency Press was first produced as part of The Notes from the Underground Festival by Curan Rep at the American Theatre of Actors in New York, USA on June 22nd, 2010. 

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Day trip to Agra (2011)
It has always been Simone's dream to visit one of the great wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. And now it is more important than ever for her husband Tom to help her fulfil that dream. But in India, dreams have a habit of revealing more than the dreamer may have intended.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 female, 2 male

Day trip to Agra was first produced on June 21st, 2012 at Summer Shorts, Theatre of Western Springs in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The production was directed by Ed Wavak.

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Diary of a Break-up/Break-down (2010)
When a relationship comes crashing down on you, the aftermath tears at your soul in a wave of grief that feels like it won't end. All you can do is ride the wave until it breaks. (BONUS SCRIPTS: Script download includes solo male, solo female and duo male and female versions of the play )

Duration: 10 mins  Cast: 1 male/female or 1 male and female

The solo male version of Diary of a Break-up/Break-down was first performed on October 29th, 2011 at Longview Community College in Lee's Summit, Missouri, USA. The production was directed by Bradley Johnson. The male-female version of the play was first performed on November 12th 2011 as part of Six in the City by Tortilla Theatre Company in Bangalore, India. The production was directed by Judith Roby Bidapa and performed by Anita Mithra and Kartik Kumar

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Donut (2002)
A cafeteria. Mark returns to the table carrying a chocolate-covered donut. But is that what Monica ordered? (This play may be performed by actors of any age, male or female.)

Duration: 5 mins Cast: 1 female, 1 male


Donut was first produced at the Carlton Courthouse in Melbourne by Melbourne Writer's Theatre as part of "Colours". The production was directed by Brenda Palmer with Colin Donald and Cally Robinson. The photo shows Katherine Shearer in the short film version made in 2012.
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Drew Barrymore and Sigmund Freud meet The Cookie Monster (2002)
Night. Agency. Boardroom. Kat thinks she has the winning pitch, exactly what is needed to make Wolf "come". But Lee has his own ideas. An outrageous comedy that enters the often bizarre world of advertising. PLEASE NOTE: This play contains adult themes and may not be suitable for young audiences.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male, 1 female

One of Alex's most produced ten minute plays Drew Barrymore ... premiered at Short+Sweet in Sydney 2004, where it was a finalist, and has since gone on to be produced in Buffalo in the USA, Brighton and London (twice) in the UK and Melbourne. Pictured is the White Room Theatre production in 2008 as part of "Bite-Size" at both the Brighton and Edinburgh Festivals in the UK with Nick Brice as Wolf (seated), Laura Martin-Simpson as Kat (front) and Alex Beales as Lee (back).
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Exiting (2009)
Friday afternoon. Mark enters the lift, already occupied by Stephen. Mark soon discovers that two people from his office are being 'exited'. He's determined to find out more before letting Stephen exit. (This play may also be performed by 1 male and 1 female or 2 females)

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male/female

Exiting was first performed at the Webber Academy, Calgary in Alberta, Canada on February 7th, 2011. The production (pictured) was directed by Chelsea O'Byrne and performed by Deji Oluwadairo (left) as Stephen and Declan Routledge (right) as Mark.

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Fate's Steady Hands (2006)
Sam is standing in Richard's office - and he's only wearing one shoe. He also has something very important to say. An unexpectedly quirky comedy.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male

Fate's Steady Hands premiered at Short & Sweet in Sydney in 2007 and has since gone on to be produced in Melbourne, Tasmania and the USA. Pictured are Christopher Stephen Parada (right) as Sam and Roger Van Dette as Richard in the Buffalo Quickies 2008 production in Buffalo, NY, directed by Joyce Stilson.
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Five houses for Harriette (2010)
As Harriet's life evolves so do the houses she lives in. Her journey takes her to the place she least expects. One day hopefully we will all find the perfect home.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 3 male, 3 female

Five Houses for Harriette was first performed on August 30th, 2012 by Grim Pumpkin Theater in Lamaakan, Hyderabad, India. The production was directed by Sishir Challa and performed by Aravind Ajayan, Sishir Challa, Saborni Poddar, Anmona Chaliha, Derek D’souza, Rajat Yadav, Aadithyan Mohan K Shyama Sangardas, Akoijam Malemnganbi, Pranshi Upadhyay, Vasundhara Garg, Geo Maria George, Richa Sharma and Abhinanda.

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FIVE KINGS (2004)
A dingy inner city pub. Early evening. Five local pub workers sit on bar stools, sipping beers. Terry, Ken and Steve stare at Ant as he pushes buttons on a "pokies" machine. They all believe Ant has the magic formula to crack the machine and bring them all a huge jackpot. Ryan is also watching - but he isn't so sure.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 5 male

FIVE KINGS was performed at the Newtown Theatre as part of Short+Sweet Sydney 2005. The production was directed by the author with the following cast: Stephen Bourke, Greg Poppleton, Eddie Tang, Merlin Luck and Rob Flanagan

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Five Rooms (2009) PERFECT FOR COLLEGES AND ACTING SCHOOLS
Five rooms and five encounters. Five groups of people meeting for the first time, or seeing others in a new light. Five stories in ten minutes. Written for the Graduating Class of the Actors College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) in Sydney, Australia.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 4 male 8 female (Large Cast)

Five Rooms was first produced as part of the Graduating Showcase of 2009 at the Actor's College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) in Sydney, Australia with Kailah Cabanas, Exziles Dorvil, Victoria Greiner, Laura Holmes, Zara Jesdinsky, Celia Kelly, Louise Kinsella, Dimi Kiriakopolous, Janelle Merry, Aaron Nilan Matt Rose and Ant Sullivan. Directed by John O'Hare.
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Flushed (2009)
Douglas and Sonya have just made love. It was wonderful - or so Douglas says. But now Douglas has spoiled it by doing something terrible. Or has he ? Sonya has to decide. Douglas' "life" depends on it. (PLEASE NOTE: This play contains adult themes and is definitely not suitable for young audiences.)

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male 1 female

Flushed was first produced by the Actor's College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) in Sydney, Australia as part of Twelve Broun Shorts with Laura Holmes and Exziles Dorvil. Directed by John O'Hare. Pictured are Sean Spencer as Doug and Suzanne Immarigeon as Sonya in the production at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut in December, 2010. Directed by Anthony M. Santora III.
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George Clooney and Brad Pitt Get Laid (2010)
George Clooney. Brad Pitt. "Grad" and "Beorge". Two of the most famous, and desirable, actors in the world, wanted by millions. But up close, all is not so glamorous.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male, 1 male or female

George Clooney and Brad Pitt get laid was first performed on December 12th, 2011 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. The production was directed by Adam Carlini.

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Gina Goes Down(2010)
Late night, big city. Gina is a woman who knows what she doesn't want in a man. After sampling a smorgasbord of bad Hors d'oeuvres she finally finds the exotic dish she's after. (WARNING: ADULT ONLY CONTENT)

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 female, 1 to 4 males

Gina Goes Down was first produced at La Boite Theatre Company in Brisbane, Australia as part of Sex: Cubed directed by Jennifer Flowers starring Rebekah Moore and Ryan Gibson.

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Gone (2004)
Written as a response to the tragic death of Australian cricketer David Hookes in a senseless display of pub violence, Gone is a physical and muscular two hander between a businessman and the bouncer who assaults him. The businessman plots his revenge and in the end gets more than he bargained for.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male

Gone was first produced at the Darlinghurst Theatre in 2004 as part of 'Vicious Streaks', directed by Lee Lewis and starring Peter Mochrie and Rhys Robinson. 
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Gun Laws (2004)
A deserted building. Night. The lights come up on Lisa, a young uniformed policewoman, pointing her gun at the head of a boy. The only sound is Lisa's breathing. Bron, Lisa's partner, is on the other side of the room. A violent city after dark. Rationality may be the first casualty. A tense two hander for a couple of committed actresses.

Duration: 10 mins 2 female, 1 child

Gun Laws was first presented by Defector Art at Gasworks in Melbourne as part of "Subversive", directed by Frank Otis with Lisa Minett and Karla Silvey.
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I miss you the most when I catch sight of the moon (2008)
Eveline and Darren are on a break but the last thing she expects when she attends a local painting class is to meet Allejandro, a talented artist from Peru. But as soon as she listens to him speak, with such passion and knowledge, about this thing that she once loved - she knows this man will play an important role in my life. But Darren is still her best friend. A romance about making difficult choices - and the reasons why we make them.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male 1 female


I miss you the most when I catch sight of the moon was first produced in May 2009 as a part of Notes from the Underground by The Curan Repertory Company at the American Theatre of Actors in New York, USA. Pictured are Kym Parrish as Eveline and Roberto Quintarelli as Allejandro in the Short+Sweet Sydney 2010 production at Newtown Theatre in Sydney, Australia in February 2010, directed by Deborah Mulhall.
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I Travel (1984)
Written by a young Alex Broun, Andrew Upton and Nick Sutton at Shopfront Young Playwright's Weekend in 1984. This absurd tone poem finds four young men - who may or may not be brothers - standing in the middle of a road in the outback. They may be travelling somewhere. Then again, they may not.

Duration: 8 mins Cast: 4 male

I Travel was first produced at Wilson Hall in Sumter, South Carolina, USA in 2012. The producton was directed by Hannah Leirmoe.
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ICE (2002)
When Karen and Keith meet unexpectedly early one frosty morning, the atmosphere is as chilly as the ice baths nearby. (This play may be performed by actors of any age, male or female.)

Duration: 5 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female

ICE was first produced in 2007 at the Newtown Theatre in Sydney as part of "Love & War", directed by Felicity Nicol with Jules Walsh and Ben O'Donnell.
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Jade (2009)
The office of a High School English Teacher. Craig, the teacher, needs to explain to someone what happened - and more importantly why. Bryan, the school Principal, is not interested in reasons - or is he just too terrified to hear them. WARNING: This play contains adult themes and parental guidance is recommended.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male

Jade was first performed as part of the Oral Interpretation Forensics competition at Judson High School in San Antonio Texas, USA on the 25th of September, 2010. The production was directed by Trey Adkins. 
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Jammed (2009)
Danny, a budding playwright, goes to a photocopying store to make twenty-one copies of his epic seven act play. When Cressida sees what he's doing, she intervenes, hoping to save three thousand and sixty six sheets of paper. How far will one person go for their values, and what will another sacrifice for a new friendship ... "and possibly more" ?

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male 1 female

Jammed was first produced as part of the American Corner Festival 2010 at Szent Jozsef Gimnazium, Debrecen in Hungary on May 8th, 2010. The production was directed by Gyongyver Ceseke with Eva Aszodi as Cressida and Tibor Barna as Danny. Pictured are Shilpi Marwaha (left) and Viren Basoya (right) in the ASMITA Theatre production at Short+Sweet Delhi in November 2010. The production was directed by Arvind Gaur and Marwaha was awarded Best Actress in the Festival for her performance. (Picture courtesy of Monica Dawar Photography).
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Lonesome Cruiser (2005)
LUCY: "No. I don't love him like I loved you and I don't ever want to love anyone like I loved you. Loving someone like that is wrong. It's demented, dangerous." 
LEX: "Because it swallows you whole ?"
LUCY: "Because you forget where you end and they start."
12 years is a long time. But is it long enough ?

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female

Lonesome Cruiser was first produced by Arkham Entertainment as part of "10 minutes" at the 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festival, directed by Alex Kingsland with Kat Francis and Alex Kingsland. Pictured is the production as part of the Ten Minute Play Festival at Bellevue East High School, Bellevue, Nebraska, USA in 2012 with Ruby Arroyo as Lucy and Matt Cummins as Lex.

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Monologues (2004)
This collection of over 20 monologues – many drawn from Alex’s full length play Blind City - are perfect vehicles for actors to show off their range. The monologues are excellent audition pieces or work brilliantly as a stand-alone performance, either individually or combined. (Actors are welcome to edit the monologues to any desired length.) 

Duration: 2 to 10 mins Cast: 1 male or female

Many of these monologues were first performed as part of Blind City at the Bondi Pavilion in Sydney in 2002 and at the Darlinghurst Theatre as part of the Sydney Festival in 2003. The production was directed by Kym Weatherley and performed by Sophie Gregg, Jonny Pasvolsky, Graeme Rhodes and Sarah Smuts-Kennedy.

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Mozart and The End of Time (2006)
Shadow chairs, dark energy or the music of Mozart ? Wendy has a choice to make. Morris hopes she makes the right one. A tense two hander with challenging roles for an actor and an actress.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 female, 1 male

Mozart and the end of time was first produced at Cromwell Road Theatre in Melbourne in 2007 by Defector Art as part of Boxashorts 2 - Edge of Sanity, with Hannah Fox and Adrian Snodgrass, directed by Frank Otis and Bess Maxwell. 

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One Star (2008)
Co-written with Renee Brack 
A smoking area, Camp Terrendak in Tallil, southern Iraq. Raquel, an Australian entertainer who has come to entertain the troops, meets Mason, a young Australian soldier. The chemistry is clear and something might happen if not for the strictly enforced "no-frat" rule. But this is a war zone and the sky is full of stars. Based on Renee Brack’s actual experiences entertaining troops in Iraq.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male 1 female

One Star was first produced as part of Short+Sweet Sydney 2009 at the Newtown Theatre in Sydney, Australia (pictured). Directed by Jennie Bazell with Simon French (Mason) and Bellinda Dunn (Raquel). 

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Philip, with one 'l' (2006)
A political satire of Philip Ruddock, Australia's immigration Minister from 1996 to 2003, known for his hard line policies of placing children in detention centres and sending asylum seekers back to face death in their country of origin. But he sure does like to play with toy cars!

Duration: 15 mins Cast: 1 male

Philip with one 'l' was first presented at Party Political at the Newtown Theatre in Sydney in February 2006 with Richard Mason as 'Philip', directed by Adam Gelin.
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Photocopy Love (2005)
Just another day in an average photocopying store and Raf just wants to get some binding done. But exactly what kind of binding does he have in mind ? You'll be kept guessing just who loves who is this romantic comedy with toner cartridges. 

Duration: 10 minutes Cast: 2 male, 1 female


Photocopy Love was first produced at Mt Cotton Quickies by the Mount Cotton Drama Society, Mt Cotton, Queensland. Directed by Alaine and Rob Neilsen
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Pushed (2009)
An expedition up Mount Hood in Oregon, USA, goes awry when Steve, an inexperienced climber, becomes high with excitement and endangers the lives of the group. As he swings wildly from a rope thousands of feet above a glacier, the other climbers have to decide whether to risk their own lives to save him - or to cut him loose. Based on actual events on the mountain in May 1999.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 4 male 1 female

Pushed was first performed on June 23rd, 2011 at The Lantern Theatre's Festival of New Writing in Sheffield, England. The production was directed by Thomas J Browne.
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Qwendolyn's Gambit (2005) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
A quiet Sunday afternoon, the corner of a chessboard. Razza, the Rook, Brendan, the Bishop and Pattie, the Pawn, aren't very impressed by their snooty new Queen, Qwendolyn, But they're in for a surprise. A comedy for young performers and audiences about how appearances can be deceptive.

Duration: 5 mins Cast: 4 female, 1 male, 1 female/male

Qwendolyn's Gambit was first produced as a part of Heart Shaded Blue at The Newtown Theatre, Sydney, Australia. Directed by Wayne Tunks.
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Racing Now! (2004)
Two brothers sit outside a betting shop on upturned milk crates. Are they trying to pick winners for the next race ? Or is something else going on ?

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male, 1 child


Racing Now was first performed as part of MUD by the National Youth Theatre Company's Juniour Ensemble at CarriageWorks in Sydney, Australia on September 3rd, 2010. The production was directed by Lindsay Farris.
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Recovery (2002)
Meeting, lunchtime. It's Toby's third birthday and he really needs to share. Yesterday he "got a little surprise." An absorbing and at times moving monologue for an actor.

Duration: 7 mins Cast: 1 male


Recovery was first produced as part of Blind City at the Bondi Pavilion in Sydney in 2002, performed by Jonny Pasvolsky, directed by Kym Weatherley.
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Ridiculously, Madly (2009)
Andrew discovers that his ex-girlfriend Eloise is "ridiculously, madly" in love with her new boyfriend after just three weeks. He meets up with 'Elly' in the park where they first met, one final time, but there is something about the new boyfriend that Andrew is yet to discover.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male 1 female

Ridiculously, madly was first produced at the Maintenance Shop, Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on December 14th, 2010. The production was directed by Brian Smith with the following cast: Cathleen Hoil (Eloise), Jonathan Brugioni (Andrew) and Morgan Hoke (Bradley). Pictured are PJ Tighe (as Andrew) and Kelsey Wright (as Eloise) in the Niagara University Theatre, New York, USA production in January 2011, directed by Jamie Lynn Nablo, Stage Managed by Steph Schmidt with Leo DiBello as Bradley.
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Rumpole of the Sydenham Line (2003)
Claudia, a young lawyer is visited one morning in her office by Graeme, a decrepit old man who needs help to fight a case where he is being sued for a substantial amount of money. The young woman racks her brain for a way out by why is it so important she helps this old man ?

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 female, 1 male


Rumpole of the Sydenham Line was first produced as part of Shorts in Winter at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Sydney, Australia. Directed by Kris Plummer and Juliette Ferrier.
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Rupert and the Seven Russian Email Brides (2008)
When Petra meets Rupert one day at work, he seems quite nice. Maybe they could go out sometime. But first she has to fight off the competition - Darya, Tatyana, Vera, Alena, Sabryn B, Natalia and Olga. A comedy about being very, very lucky in love

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male 8 female


Rupert and the Seven Russian Email Brides was first produced as part of Xmas Sushi by Actor's Anonymous at Newtown Theatre in Sydney, Australia in December, 2008 (pictured). The production was directed by Larry Kelly with Steven McGrath as Rupert, Stella de Zotti, Ali Aitken, Tanya Ann Powell, Sally Williams, Olga Kornijenko, Arianna Lindley, Georgie Edwards and Marla Johst.

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Sardine (2006)
Pub. Early evening. Joe and Dom sip beers - and Joe is about to give Dom too much information. Way too much information. An anatomical comedy.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male


Sardine was first produced as part of 8 10's @ 8 at the Actors' Theatre of Santa Cruz, California, USA in January 2008, directed by Brian Spencer with (pictured from left to right) Marty Jones as Dom and Nathaniel Powers as Joe.
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Saturday Night Newtown, Sunday Morning Enmore (2001)
Claire wakes up on Sunday morning next to Matthew, who is definitely "not her type". Her memories of the night before are hazy, to say the least, and she tries to leave quickly; but Matthew has another solution. A story of romantic possibilities.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female


Saturday Night Newtown, Sunday Morning Enmore was first produced as part of Short+Sweet Sydney in January 2002 at the Newtown Theatre in Sydney, Australia directed by Mark Cleary. It was filmed by More Sauce Productions, directed by Christopher Johnson and broadcast on Movie Extra in Australia as part of Project Greenlight Australia Series 2 in 2006 and again in the UK by Sky Arts for Bite-Sized Theatre under the title Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (pictured) with Katie Grace-Cooper and Richard Staplehurst. Directed by Nick Brice.

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Saturday Night Newtown, Sunday Morning Erskineville (2010)
Clare pays the favour forward to Mie Mie in this all female version of one of Alex's most popular plays - Saturday Night Newtown, Sunday Morning Enmore. A playful, sexy and surprising romantic comedy.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 female

This play was first performed as part of part of The Mardi Gras Colour Blind Festival 2011 at Sidetrack Theatre in Sydney, Australia starring Catherine Davies and Alice Keohavong and directed by Tristan Kenyon. 

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Screwfang, the frillytexter, meets The Austrian (2009) 
Co-written with Glenda Hamilton“Last week I Googled ‘my sunglasses’ and it returned 1170 hits including everywhere I had ever left them in my whole life and ‘On your head’ was top - and it was true.” Davina is having a few problems with the men in her life. She thought Screwfang was a step up from The Austrian, but now she's not so sure. A very urbane comedy about modern love, taken from the wickedly funny writings of Glenda Hamilton.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male 1 female

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somewhere between the sky and the sea (2007)
Ramon de Guardo is a young Portuguese composer. He has written a violin concerto, the perfect violin concerto. He knows because it came to him in a dream. And there is only one person to play his perfect concerto. The world's greatest violinist - Stephanie Lythe. But then he meets Madeleine. A romance - with violins, set between the sky and the sea, that stretches across the globe. (BONUS SCRIPT: Script download includes both ten minute and fifteen minute versions of the play )

Duration: 10 and 15 mins Cast: 1 male, 2 female


One of Alex’s most successful ten-minute plays, somewhere between the sky and the sea premiered at Short+Sweet Sydney 2008 at the Seymour Centre Downstairs, in a production directed by Alexandra Byron and starring Helen Sutermeister as Maddie, Maurizio Degliesposti as Ramon and Tabrett Bethell as Stephanie. It has since gone on to win Best Production at Short+Sweet Malaysia 2008 and Short+Sweet Delhi 2011 and the People’s Choice Award for the audience’s favourite play at Short+Sweet Singapore 2008. Pictured is the production at Short+Sweet Brisbane in November, 2010 at the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane, Australia, performed by Josifini Hawkins, Gabrielle Burke and Mansoor Noor. Directed by Noel Sheridan.

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Southern Cross Swastika (2002)
Three men in a bar plot the way forward for their magnificent country. They have just experienced the glory of the greatest ever Olympic games but now their progress must be accelerated. A chilling short drama that finds disturbing parallels between two very different places and times – contemporary Australia and Nazi Germany.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 3 male


Southern Cross Swastika was first produced as part of Short and Sweet Sydney 2003 at The Newtown Theatre in Sydney, Directed by Travis Williams.
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Sprayed (2009)
Clive is taking photos of "graf" displayed in an upmarket gallery. When the manager sees him, he questions Clive's respect for the artists involved. But just how far will each man go to stand up for the sovereignty of artists' rights? (This play may also be performed by 1 male and 1 female or 2 females)

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male/female

Sprayed was first produced on March 24th, 2011 at the Leslie Phillips Theatre, Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA. The production was directed by Nathan Lovotti and performed by Chris Martin and Lara Gonzalez.

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Subverting the Will (2005)
Charlotte has been in love with Will for years but Will always has eyes for someone else. But today is the day that things finally must change - for better or worse.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female


Subverting the Will was first produced by Arkham Entertainment as part of "10 minutes" at the 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festival, directed by Alex Kingsland with Nick Fagan and Kim Williams. 
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Tel Aviv Disco Bombing (2004)
A dark political secret emerges in an Israeli newspaper office on the eve of new peace talks. Julia has a big story. A great story. A cover story. Her editor Ariel agrees. But life in Tel Aviv isn't that easy.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female


Tel Aviv Disco Bombing was first produced at Short & Sweet Sydney in 2005, directed by Katy Alexander and starring Peter Flett and Francesca Savige.
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Ten Million pieces of my heart (2009)
Eva and "Suitcase" used to be in love. But not anymore. There's ten million pieces of the puzzle to fit together - and Suitcase is about to text them all to Eva. In reverse. The story of a relationship told backwards - through the text messages they sent. A modern anti-love story.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male 1 female

Ten million pieces of my heart was first produced at the Roots and Wings (RAW) Festival in New York, USA. Directed by Brian Williams.
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text messages hurt more when you're sitting at the airport (2010)
Kane receives a heart breaking text at the airport. Doris does her best to impart the wisdom of her years onto the distressed Gen Y. A comedy that explores the interplay between generations and shows there is life after text. (NOW AVAILABLE in new version for OLDER ACTORS with Kane in his 50s.)

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female

Fast becoming one of Alex’s most popular ten-minute plays text messages hurt more when you're sitting at the airport was first performed on May 6th, 2011 as part of Take Ten: A night of ten minute plays at Florida Atlantic University, Florida, USA. The production was directed by Joanna Lauren Mandel and performed by Taylor Staniforth and Quasheery Ahmed. Pictured is Michael Howlett as Kane and Sandra Campbell as Doris in the Short+Sweet Sydney 2012 production at King Street Theatre, Newtown, Australia, directed by Kingsley.

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The Actress' Dilemma (2005)
The theatre's empty, the actress is late and the director is well, barmy. Just another audition really - but how far is too far ? A wild, unpredictable comedy for anybody who's ever had to audition - and anybody who hasn't.

Duration: 12 mins Cast: 1 female, 1 male


One of Alex’s most popular comedies with over 30 productions worldwide in seven countries The Actress' Dilemma was first produced at Mt Cotton Quickies in Queensland, Australia in 2006. Directed by Alaine and Rob Neilsen . Pictured is the Theatre of Western Springs production in Western Springs, Illinois, USA in 2011. The production was directed by Rick S Snyder with Mary Maureen Gentile as the Actress and Bob Reidy as the Director.
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The bed of Anthony Brunsdon (2009)
Kaela has been invited to help a famous film-score composer with some notation - at his house! As she discusses the proposition with her friend, she imagines two different versions of how the situation might play out. Would it really be that bad to see the bed of Anthony Brunsdon?

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male 2 female

The bed of Anthony Brunsdon was a finalist in Crash Test Drama Sydney in December 2009 and was first produced at the Newtown Theatre in Sydney, Australia as part of Short+Sweet Sydney 2010 on January 16th, 2010, directed by the author with Assistant Director Kingsley Rowston and performed by the following cast: Ro Dempsey (pictured) as Kaela, Kay Symons as Mary-Ellen, Thanassis Boulis as Anthony 1 and Chris Lewis (pictured) as Anthony 2.
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The Celine Dion Songbook (2000)
The kitchen of a semi-detached house. 2 am. After another, long and exhausting day caring for their terminally ill son, a young couple - Tracey and Paul - prepare for bed. Tracey speaks of the programme for another long day ahead tomorrow. But Paul sits quietly head bowed at the kitchen table. He has a different option to offer. Inspired by Nick Enright’s Academy Award nominated screenplay for Lorenzo’s oil.

Duration: 15 mins  Cast: 1 male, 1 female


This version of The Celine Dion Songbook was first produced in 2004 as part of Vicious Streaks at Darlinghurst Theatre, directed by George Ogilvie and performed by Amanda Bishop and Peter Mochrie. Pictured is the production at Suny Brockport in 2005, as part of The Festival of X, directed by Richard St George, Costume Design by Dineen Thorton with Jonathan Kyle and Cassandra Behrens. 
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The Choice (2002)
ROD: How long have I known you ?
VINCE: Six years.
ROD: All I'm asking is that you listen to me. One minute for each year.
For the moment Vince still has a choice. Rod has come to see if he can persuade him to make the right one. An intense drama for two actors.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male


The Choice was first presented by Defector Art in 2007 at Gasworks in Melbourne as part of "Subversive", directed by Bess Maxwell with Rueben Krum as Vince and Ross MacPherson as Rod.
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The curious case of Rhymer McGuigan (2008)
"Losing love is a little like death. A little. It is also just as unexpected"
Rhymer McGuigan makes his way on the ferry, across the waves, everyday. His life as ordered as the ticking of a clock. Then he meets Estelle. But if Rhymer wrote verse it would be long and definitely without rhyme - and Estelle likes to rhyme. A story set by the sea, waiting for the sirens' call.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male 5 female


The curious case of Rhymer McGuigan was first produced by Defector Art as part of "Boxashorts 3" in December 2008 at the Cromwell Road Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. The production was directed by Bess Maxwell and Frank Otis with Claudia Greenstone, Holly Lynn Nye, Christine Husband, Kate O'Neill, Marijana Kreso and Myles Tankle.
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The Dead Sun (2002)
TUNG: Look after my lilies. Keep them gazing up - at the sun.
KE-LO: The stars.
TUNG: The sun.
Ke-lo's son has been away for a long time. But today he is coming home. A poetic drama about loss, love, forgiveness and memory.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 female, 2 male


The Dead Sun was first produced by Hook, Line & Sinker in 2003 at The Parramatta Riverside Theatres and Elizabeth Farm, Rosehill in Sydney, directed by Annemarie Lopez with Nicole da Silva and Toby Villis.
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The Death of Caesar (2002)
A theatre, 11am. Above onstage a kiddie's matinee of "Julius Caesar" is in progress. But in the dressing room a drama is being played out as intense and deadly as anything in Shakespeare. Two young actors - Phillip (Marc Antony) and Derek (Messenger) - struggle to discover what is real and what is "flattery".

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male

The Death of Caesar was first produced on December 13th, 2012 as part of Play Six, Williamstown Little Theatre, Melbourne, Australia. The production (pictured) was directed by Melissa Ferguson and performed by Nathaniel Kelly (Derek), Jack Walsh (Philip) and David Summers (Voices).
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The First Fireworks (2003)
Every New Year's Eve for the last twenty years Dawn has brought her daughter Helen to their own secret place high on a hill to watch the midnight fireworks. But tonight is the last time they will come. It is time for mother and daughter to say goodbye.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 female


The First Fireworks was first produced in 2004 as part of Vicious Streaks at Darlinghurst Theatre, directed by George Ogilvie starring Christine Greenough and Jacinta John. It has since gone on to become one of Alex's most produced plays with over 100 productions around the world. Pictured is the production at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia in November 2012 as part of At the Water’s Edge, directed by Louise Howlett and performed by Josie Eberhard (Dawn) and Alicia Beckhurst (Helen).
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The Gift of the Gun (2002)
When Ben, a young rent boy, arrives at a deserted warehouse he thinks he's in for the usual trick. But William has something far more intriguing in store. A spine-tingling thriller that will keep you guessing until the last line.

Duration: 15 mins  Cast: 2 male


The Gift of the Gun was first produced as part of Short+Sweet Sydney in 2003, directed by George Ogilvie with Jonathan Elsom as William and Sean Kennedy as Ben. Pictured is Keith Brockett as Ben in Jae Dee Scott's production at Williamstown Theatre in Melbourne as part of Play Six in 2006. Phil Roberts played William. 
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The Kill (2008)
If you dream you die, you die right? Well what if someone else dies in your dream? Or what if you dream you kill them? And what if that person is sitting beside you on the couch, watching the TV? A psychological dream-thriller. With tomatoes.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male (Can also be performed by a cast of two females)


The Kill was first produced in October 2008 at Dante's in Fitzroy, Melbourne as part of "Spring Carnivale", directed by Peter D Flaherty with Leon Durr and Peter D Flaherty.
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The Kiss (2008)
"PDAs". Public Displays of affection. They can drive you nuts. Well Kent has had just about enough - and he isn't going to take it anymore. A comedy about a meeting of lips.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male 2 female


The Kiss was first produced in 2009 by the GibsonHouse Performers on the Napa Valley Wine Train in California, USA. Directed by John Gibson with Kori and Dennis Parlett, Greg and Michelle Davis. Pictured is the production at Utah and Idaho Performing Arts Company in Midvale, Utah, USA, which was directed by Danica Yates with Jenny Pierce, Kolby Yates, Chad Taylor and Melissa Jones.
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The Masque of the Red Death (2010) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
Adapted from Edgar Allen Poe's chilling tale, the enigmatic and mysterious Prince Prospero attempts to shield his courtiers from a deadly plague in this highly theatrical ensemble play. (BONUS SCRIPT: Script download includes both ten minute and fifteen minute versions of the play )

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 6 male or female

The Masque of the Red Death was first produced at Newtown Theatre as part of Short+Sweet Sydney 2011 directed by Natalie Richards and starring Pablo Woodward, Damon Nichols, Sage-Kavita Godrei, Nichole Fahey, Lisa Divall and Mercy Watson.

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The Ninth Step (2010)
"Step 9: Make direct amends to such people, wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others." Callum struggles to find the words to confront his mistake. 

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male

The Ninth Step was first performed on March 30th, 2013 at ITheatre of Texas, Weslaco, Texas, USA. Directed by Esteban Urbina.

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The People Upstairs (2008)
Alistair is hearing some 'noises' coming from the apartment upstairs. Once would be okay but every morning...? Something has to be done. So he knocks on Ken and Swee-Chin's door, setting in motion an hilarious (and very unfortunate) chain of events. (Warning: This play has very adult themes, not suitable for ages under 18.)

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male 2 female


The People Upstairs was first presented at Short but not so Sweet at the Cromwell Road Theatre in Melbourne in August 2008. Directed by Traicee Evison-Griffith with Leon Durr, Vicki Doak, Keith Brockett and Diana Nguygen.
10 minute plays
   
The Pool of Cerberus (2002)
A deserted wharf, 3am. "Sam's" time has almost come. "Alan" waits with him, cajoling and consoling. But will "Sam" be ready? A tense drama for our times. Could be Boston, New York, Syria or Sudan.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male (speaking), 1 male (non-speaking)


The Pool of Cerberus was first produced in 2010 as part of Six Minute Theatre by Total Beast Theatre Company in the UK, directed by Julian Bain.
10 minute plays
   
The Problem with Language (2002)
Theatre Foyer. Interval. Mark didn't "like" Max's film. Or is that just what Lisha "heard"? In an era of mass-communication, a short drama about "mis-communication". What's important - what you say ? Or what I hear ?

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female


The Problem with Language was first produced at St Paul's Grammar in Penrith, Australia in 2009, directed by Jacqueline Tuting. Pictured is Holly Frendo from that production.
10 minute plays
   
The Salsa Plays (2007)
In a local Salsa School, regular Cuban Salsa dance classes are taking place. Friendships are formed and broken, secrets are revealed and a bird lays dead. But despite all the drama, there is the dance - it is what connects the participants to each other.

The Salsa Plays were developed by Alex Broun and the Short+Sweet Melbourne Script Development group (Bobbi-lea Dionysius, Ingrid Gang, Justyna Kiczor, Kate Prestt, Daphne Quah, Nathan Slevin, Janeen Sonsie, Kate Shearman and Lara Woolf) from 2007-08. The aim of the group was to develop ten minute plays for large casts of women. The starting point for the plays was a weekly salsa class and the actors developed characters based around that environment. Alex then facilitated improvisations where the characters were brought into dramatic situations and developed narratives within the class context. The improvisations were then recorded and edited by Alex to create The Salsa Plays. The plays may be performed separately or together to make up a full evening of theatre.

The script download includes all seven of The Salsa Plays: Waiting For Jacqueline (2009), The Salsa Slur (2007), Death in the Salsa Class (2009); Lemon Tart (2007), Salsa Party (2007), The Competition Rehearsal (2007), and Dressing Room (2007).

Duration: 7 x 10 mins Cast: 3 males, 8 females

The Salsa Plays were first performed by Archway1 Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia. The production was directed by Rachel Jordan and featured Andrew Fritz, Anja Meyer, Robert Brennen, Campbell Smith, Tuyen Le, Christie Ikonomu, Sarah Anne Wiles, Katie Lees, Kate Michelle Grove, Pip MacLachlan and Iseult Champion.

10 minute plays
   
The secret to making the perfect lasagna (2009) 
Wendy Malvern, the cutest girl in school, has accepted Nathan's offer to come around for dinner but only if he makes "home made lasagna". How do you do that? Nathan sets out on a quest through the women in his family to find out just what is the secret to the perfect lasagna. A play about family, love and most importantly of all - lasagna. (Now available in Bollywood version - The secret to making the perfect aloo paratha. See NEW PLAYS at top of the page)

Duration: 15 mins Cast: 1 male 8 female

The secret to making the perfect lasagna was first performed in East Grinstead, United Kingdom in April 2011. The production was directed by Simon Fellingham.

10 minute plays
   
The voice behind the fence (2010)
Her name is not important...only her number. She is a refugee, an asylum seeker, reviled by the nation that has imprisoned her. The voice behind the fence that fails to penetrate the heart of a cold country. A passionate plea against Australia’s appalling mandatory detention system.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 female

This version of The voice behind the fence was first performed on March 3rd, 2012 as part of Short+Sweet Bangalore 2012 at Ranga Shankara, Bangalore, India (pictured) by Anju Alva Naik. Anju was awarded Best Actress at the festival for her moving performance.

10 minute plays
   
Traveller in the dark (2010) PERFECT FOR SCHOOLS
'The Rockaway Boardwalk. That would be fun...' Inspired by the children's song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star , this unnerving tale of Diana's encounter with the traveller in the dark will haunt you. 

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male, 2 female, 1 male or female


Traveller in the dark was first produced by the National Youth Theatre Company as part of Growing Up at Carriage Works in Sydney, Australia in 2010, performed by the Senior Company and directed by Lindsay Farris. Pictured is the 2012 production at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, USA, directed by Symone Powell.

10 minute plays
   
Turn the other cheek (2006)
Albert has a problem. Samson thinks he can help him. Lucky Albert. A comedy for two actors about problems in love - from a very male point of view.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male


Turn the other Cheek was first produced at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, California, USA in 2008. Directed by Alexa Simpson.
10 minute plays
   
Twenty Dollars (2005)
When $20 goes missing at the school canteen, suspicion falls on Sophie. Mandy and Kyra are quick to accuse her but there is something far more important at stake in the school playground this lunchtime. A drama for young performers about how much friendship is really worth. (Also available in UK version.)

Duration: 5 mins Cast: 5 female


Twenty Dollars was first produced as a part of Heart Shaded Blue at The Newtown Theatre, Sydney, Australia in 2005. Directed by Wayne Tunks. Pictured is the Oakbank Area School production in South Australia in 2012, directed by Meran Fischer with Hayley Brock as Sophie, Shannon Green as Mandy, Caitlin Dearman as Kyla, Molly Scanlon as Caroline and Caitlin Petit as Tracey.
10 minute plays
   
Un-Australian Day (2007)
Bart is just a good Samaritan, your average Aussie bloke. He's got his esky and his blanket and he's looking forward to celebrating Australia Day in "True Blue" patriotic fashion. That is until he meets Luke. A comedy about just what it means to be "Australian".

Duration: 15 mins Cast: 3 male


Un-Australian Day was first produced at the New Theatre in Sydney in 2007 as part of Art is a Weapon, directed by Louise Fischer.
10 minute plays
   
Yell(ow) (2006)
Lee and Sian, a young couple live in a unit in Sydney's inner west. Their life was shattered recently when Lee's younger brother Chik was implicated in the kidnapping and murder of Sian's cousin, Kila. Late one night Lee is woken from a fitful sleep by a yelling outside his window. He goes to the kitchen where Sian finds him. Soon their strong bond of love is put to the test as Lee must admit what he knows and faces the toughest decision he has ever had to make in his life.

Duration: 15 mins Cast: 1 female, 1 male


Yell (ow) was produced in 2007 at the Newtown Theatre in Sydney as part of "Love & War", directed by Felicity Nicol with Stephanie Son and Leo Kim (pictured).

10 minute plays
   
You (2004)
In a full circle of desire and rejection, Walter wants to be with Alice, who obsesses over Strang, who pursues Dominic, who thinks he wants Deborah, who, of course, focuses on Walter! As they literally chase each other around the table, they can agree on at least one thing: the problem is "you!" An entertaining comment on relationships. (Warning: Some adult content.)

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 3 male, 2 female


You was first produced by Alleyway Theatre Company as part of the 2006 Buffalo Quickies in Buffalo, New Jersey, USA. The production was directed by Joyce Stilson. Pictured is the Seedbox Theatre production at Northcote Town Hall in 2010 as part of the Melbourne Fringe, Australia. The production was directed by Tania Knight, Claire Lillian and Nichola Jayne and performed by Anders Gamboni, Nichola Jayne, Michael Fenemore-Cocks, Tania Knight and Mike Anthony Sheehy.

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