Keeping it ‘Short and Sweet’

A theatre artist or an enthusiast in India would relate a full fledged play to something that lasts between 30-45 minutes or more on stage, but here is a theatre with a difference. Alex Broun,

Published: 16th January 2012 04:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:15 PM   |  A+A-

A theatre artist or an enthusiast in India would relate a full fledged play to something that lasts between 30-45 minutes or more on stage, but here is a theatre with a difference. Alex Broun, famous Australian playwright and actor said, “it is strictly 10 minutes.”  

Alex Broun is the founder of ‘Short and Sweet’, the largest 10-minute play fest in the world. This unique style of theatre started in Australia in the year 2004 and since then has gained popularity across the globe.  

Broun who conducted his first workshops in Bangalore last year, opted to conducted a three-day workshop in the city recently at Mount Carmel College, Jyothi Nivas College and Christ University.

“The workshop aims at introducing this form of theatre to those interested and to also train them in acting, directing and script-writing for a 10-minute plays which are quite experimental in form,” said Broun. Short and Sweet came to India in 2010 and the first fest happened at Delhi, after which Broun has been conducting workshops and fests in Mumbai, Chennai and

now in Bangalore.

“The response from Delhi was overwhelming. We decided to give a shot at other parts of the

country,” said Broun.

When asked about the speciality of a 10-minute play Broun said, “There are no set ways to create a 10-minute play. Bring in an interesting situation and character with 1,500 to 2,000 words and see

where it goes.”

Broun aims at engaging the audience and taping their imagination within a short span of time.

Short and Sweet Fest is set to take place on February 24, 2012 at Ranga

Shankara Auditorium.

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