Short Play Festival 'Hissyfest' Showcasing Local Talent / by Brooke Tunbridge


The Civic Theatre Playhouse will host Tantrum Youth Arts' Hissyfest this November. The event will bring 33 local playwrights, actors and directors to the stage in a festival of new short plays. The opening night will be filled with cake and celebrations to mark five years since the festival began. 

Hissyfest promotes new writing in a region where new plays are rare, which is an important part of Tantrum's annual program. This year, Tantrum offered a selected number of emerging writers the opportunity to work with award-winning Playwright Vanessa Bates in a special Writer’s Lab to refine ideas before submitting their scripts.

The event is an important one in the theatre calendar, bringing together young, emerging, independent and community artists to showcase the range and depth of new work created locally, the festival features some of Newcastle’s most established creatives alongside exciting up and coming talent.

Tickets on sale October 26th from Ticketek. See below for ticket information.

Recommended for mature audiences. Strong themes and language.


When: November 10 – 11
Venue: Civic Theatre Playhouse, 375 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300
Tickets: $20.40 Concession / Under 30 / Student, $35.70 General Admission
Bookings: or Ticketek