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'Little play' festival a 'sushi train' of live performances

CAN’T STOP READING: Renee Hood is directing a new play, The Literary Monogamist, which revolves around the book Pride and Prejudice.
CAN’T STOP READING: Renee Hood is directing a new play, The Literary Monogamist, which revolves around the book Pride and Prejudice. Kate Czerny

WHEN she's not commanding the classroom, Springfield Lakes teacher Renee Hood is commanding the stage.

The 25-year-old has been busily spending her after-school hours directing a show for the upcoming Short + Sweet Festival.

The event is billed as "the world's biggest little play festival" and showcases a variety of 10-minute productions.

Ms Hood, who teaches at a school in Durack, said she had taken on the directing job because of her passion for the performing arts.

"I love the excitement of live theatre - it's a pretty unique experience," she said.

"Neither the actors or myself are getting paid to put on this show ... we do it because we love it."

Ms Hood will be presenting a play called The Literary Monogamist.

"Once I was given approval to direct a show for the festival, I was emailed a bunch of scripts to choose from," she said.

"When I read The Literary Monogamist, it made me laugh more than any other play, so that's why I was drawn to it.

"It's about a woman who can't stop reading a particular book, but it's set in the fictional world of the characters.

"The plot surrounds the characters trying to encourage the woman to stop reading the book and move on with her life."

It will feature as part of the Brisbane Powerhouse program on August 28 and 29.

Festival director Nathan Sibthorpe said he was ecstatic with the number of high-quality entries for this year's event, with more than 50 original 10-minute

works.

"Short + Sweet Festival is like a sushi train for live performance works, and this year's train is really powering," he said.

"The 2014 program is a truly surprising mix encompassing one-person stand-up acts, new Australian drama, contemporary dance and even a little live erotic fiction."

For more information, visit shortandsweet.org



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