I have been invited to appear in the Short & Sweet Festival
Hollywood in September 2018, in my critically acclaimed role as
Ester in "Slow Dating" written by Adam Szudrich and directed by
This is a huge honour for a very personal and special piece of
theatre to be seen on an international stage. The play is about an
older woman overcoming guilt and loneliness in a search for
I am determined to go to Hollywood, supported by my husband
Peter, who will stand in for Katie this time. In order to get
there, accommodate myself and present the show I need a bit of
assistance. Peter will pay for himself, and if I make the finals in
October I may have to make a return trip - yikes the overdraft is
looking very sick!!!
I am asking family, friends and colleagues, theatre lovers and
those who care to support this amazing opportunity to take
something small but unique from New Zealand to a huge international
WHAT IS THE SHORT & SWEET FESTIVAL?
Held throughout the world, including New Zealand, it is a
competition for 10-minute theatre and dance
pieces. "Slow Dating" is produced and
directed by Katie Burson and stars Julie Collis. This team won 5
awards at Short and Sweet New Zealand 2016 for "Slow Dating"
including "Best Script" and the "Judges Choice for Best
Production", "Best Director" and "Best Actress"
"Slow Dating both made me Laugh out Loud and broke my heart" -
We were invited to take the monologue to The Tiny Theatre,
Garnet Station, where we made up a program with 3 other 10 minute
pieces and where we played to full houses.
I was then invited to take the part to Australia in 2017. "Slow
Dating" was written by young and talented Australian, Adam Szudrich
who was putting on a showcase of three of his pieces at the
University of Sydney's Seymour Centre.
"Collis kept the audience on the edge of their seat through her
spellbinding and hilarious journey. But it wasn't until she spoke
the final line of the play that the house fell silent and we truly
understood why she had acted on such an impulse. It left me and
many of the audience members in tears. This play is a must see if
you have half a chance." - Onmogul
"Heaps of laughter, perfectly paced and the forever memorable,
quite delicious and delightful dialogue was expertly delivered. A
crowd pleaser" - Sydney Arts Guide
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?
This whole production has been self funded. In Auckland the
costs were mainly time, but income so far has included a small
prize, and some money from seats at the Tiny Theatre, Garnet
Station. Katie and I self funded our trip to Sydney, ticket sales
covered Adam's production costs only. To take this to Hollywood is
a much more expensive proposition.
Why do I think this is worthwhile? Well, in today's society with
the growing awareness of the issues of gender and age it is
refreshing to find such a moving piece of theatre specifically
written for an older woman.
WHO ARE WE?
A veteran Auckland actor both on stage; Calendar girls, Kings of
the gym, The great piratical Rumbustification, The small screen:
Jono & Ben, Shortland Street, Mercy Peak and the large screen:
Baby? The Z-Nail Gang, Jake. Julie has worked as an actor for many
years but is just as passionate and dedicated as ever.
Auckland actor, physical theatre maker and director. Energetic and
talented, Katie works and tours constantly in New Zealand.
A "Bartie" award-winning writer whose work has featured in
festivals throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, The UAE, Canada,
America, and the UK. His plays have been selected for 32 festivals
and have won 19 awards. A rising talent.
So from this "older" woman, thanks for your