The Glasshouse

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Did you get along to Visiting Hours? And were you one of the lucky 6 people tapped on the shoulder as the night ended, for something a little bit special? If you were then you’d know about this sneaky little corner. VISITING HOURS

Its right up the top of KX Hotel, with 360 deg views of the city, and a cool Arabian Nights vibe.

KXT is kicking off a series of exclusive performances in the Glasshouse. a bAKEHOUSE initiative + a part of KXT Crossroads

FIRST UP: BAS & CO

Sunday 23 September - check back for all the info

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JULY + AUGUST 2018 |  NEWS

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS...

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Sunday 29th July KXT hosted KNIT TOGETHER a CHESTERFIELD EVENT that took a look at how families cope with trauma. Moderated by bAKEHOUSE AD Suzanne Millar speaking with special guests Dr Mandy Goldman-Straus president of Professional Cancer Counselling; Geraldine McKay a member of the specialist psycho-oncology dept at Chris O’Brien’s Lifehouse; and Claudia Barrie director of You Got Older and AD of Mad March Hare. Also joining us was costume designer Dr Emily Brayshaw, in her capacity as an academic at UNSW investigating our fashion and dress help us in times of trauma.

Throughout the run Mad March Hare supported a number of Cancer support organisations with awareness and fundraising: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australian + Lung Foundation of Australia + Lymphoma Australia. We’ll update you on the amount raised in our next eNews, in the meantime the warmest of thanks to our audiences for their extraordinary generosity.

“to tell a story, and to help us take that story with us out into the world after the curtain call, and hopefully use it to help build a better place. To go along is to be part of a community of art and change” - - Cassie Tongue, Time Out Sydney

CASULA POWERHOUSE hosted the Way Out West Childrens Festival 18 - 21 July and we were thrilled to present a teeny tiny section of Winnie Dunn’s beautiful From Malapo to Miller, a story drawing on the collision of her life in Sydney and her Tongan heritage, told in the traditional storytelling form of Talanoa. Thanks to actors Didi di Graaf and Frederick Hama who worked with writer Winnie and director Suzanne Millar to bring 2 small scenes to life, with the support of dramaturg and mentor Emele Ugavule. Our thanks to Lilian Silk who is driving the bAKEHOUSE / CPAC Writers Residency. And congratulations to CPAC for a fantastic festival!


ALTERNATIVE HELPMANNS

Thanks to Cassie Tongue and Time Out for the Alternative Helpmann Award. We're rehearsing the speech and preparing to frock up for the red carpet

THEATRE SEASON THAT FELT THE MOST CONNECTED TO THE CURRENT TIMES
KINGS CROSS THEATRE's independent season, 2017.


OUT & ABOUT

. There’s so much amazing indie theatre in town at the moment!! Over the last few weeks we got along to: Rolling Stone, Outhouse at Seymour Centre + Stupid Fucking Bird at the New Theatre + Permission to Spin at the Old Fitz + Casula Powerhouse Way Out West Festival + A heap of super stuff at Bondi Feast: special shout out to JackRabbit for Dirty People; Pip and Han Inc for the Sorry Mum Project; Mr Foot directed by Richard Hilliar; Rebecca Blake and the team on the 24 hour Playwright Party; and to Rachel Chant for all the work

We missed but wished we’d seen: The Girl / the Women by Aanisa Vylet; Robo Nation featuring Kate Walder from Step Up. We’re planning to get to: King of Pigs by Steve Rodgers; Hells Canyon directed by Katie Cawthorn; Cry Baby directed by Alex Berlarge; Me, Mum and the IED at Depot Theatre; Me and My Mother, Singing written and performed by Oleg Pupovac

** Also... is it the season for stories about Mums??


we've got a sneaky september surprise planned

KX COLLABORATIONS presents

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FRINGE with BENEFITS  ++  EVERYBODY LOSES  ++  UPSTART


KXT COLLABORATIONS

SEPTEMBER 2018

KXT is in the heart of the city, in the heart of the cross. We’re on the second floor of the iconic KX hotel and across the road from the coke sign. We’ve always known this is a special spot. 

This September we’ve joined forces with our partners at Kings Cross hotel and we’ll be sharing this special spot with Sydney fringe. They’ll be setting up across some of the other levels of this grand old building. you can check out the link to see what the neighbours are up to:

KINGS CROSS ++ SYDNEY FRINGE

Following on from our SOLD OUT season of VISITING HOURS KXT is back in the lush level 4. AND we'll be introducing a cheeky new venue.

scroll down for all the info


++  KXT2018 continues throughout September with IRONBOUND presented by AN ASSORTED FEW followed by YEN presented by NEW GHOSTS THEATRE. See a show then head upstairs for some value added theatre  ++

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KXT presents an extended riotous program of the off-beat and unexpected, a twisted and wickedly grotesque take over of the Level 4 BORDELLO ROOM of the iconic Kings Cross Hotel, last opened up for our SOLD OUT season of the immersive hit VISITING HOURS  + a little something somewhere else... Running throughout Sydney Fringe Festival season. Curated and managed by the KXT team and guests, featuring local and international artists. A complimentary Fringe program. 


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FRINGE WITH BENEFITS

3 - 16 SEPTEMBER | THE BORDELLO ROOM

Curated by James Raggat & Thomas Pidd

Manifesto Theatre Company and A Friendly Beast host a collaboration with some of Sydney’s most vibrant and vocal artists! New music, spoken word poetry, physical theatre, play readings, exhibitions nights, there’ll be something to explore every week throughout the Fringe Festival, as we a take over multiple levels of the Kings Cross Hotel. It’s gonna be rad… stay tuned!


 EVERYBODY LOSES

8 - 22 SEPTEMBER | BORDELLO ROOM

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Written by Dr Tom Payne Presented by Doppelgangster (UK) with MKA Theatre

From the team behind the subversive smash Puntila/Matti, EVERYBODY LOSES is a performance of a death by snake bite. In this one man show by Welsh performance company Doppelgangster Dr Tom Payne informs his audience that phone signals have been blocked, the doors locked, he’s shooting up venom and nobody is leaving until he knows what it is to die.

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 UPSTART

24 - 30 SEPTEMBER

A trippy mix of events, unusual small morsels and Public Service Announcements from KXT's 2018 STEP UP team. Come meet the Next Big Thing

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#gettingthejobdone

bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company launched KXT -Kings Cross Theatre at the end of 2015 to support Sydney’s indie theatre scene and the local arts community. We offer companies heaps of support and maximum autonomy. We’re investing in a sustainable ecology for indie theatre

HERE'S HOW WE'RE DOING IT

TIME
that’s right, we give you the gift of time itself! Bumping in a show on Monday, trying to ready for a sneaky preview on Wednesday before opening on Thursday or Friday adds a huge financial and artistic risk to indie productions. At KXT we offer at just over half price an EXTRA WEEK of time in the venue SUBSIDISED BY bAKEHOUSE. That's a full week of tech, then 4 previews before opening.

A GREAT DEAL
along with a flat rate weekly hire and the bAKEHOUSE subsidised week, KXT is one of the most affordable theatres in Sydney. Most importantly: WE DON’T TAKE A BOX OFFICE SPLIT so when your show is a hit you’ll make money 

ACCESS
we let you in on the Monday then offer easy key access to the space during your hire - the place is yours from 10am to midnight By the time you get to Opening Night you've had more than 130 hours in the venue. 

MARKETING SUPPORT
We promote your work across our social media platforms, subscriber base and marketing networks, including the Solotel chain of hotels and exposure at our neighbours within the growing KINGS CROSS ARTS PRECINCT. We’re a new venue, and we’re still building our venue audience. But we will be working with you on audience-building and profile-raising 

A CRACKING TECHNICAL RIG
One of the best in Sydney. 3 phase power (of course!) a kick-ass lighting kit, state of the art desk and gear, great sound. Everything your designers need to make your work beautiful

ALSO
KXT supports local artists by exhibiting their work in our funky foyer - these exhibits are changed regularly so our audiences are never quite sure what they will encounter on their next visit to KXT. We’ll do our best to ensure the artwork ties in with your show

PLUS
through the bAKEHOUSE Step Up program we’re providing opportunities and support for new work, companies and artists.

BUT WAIT...THERE’S MORE
we support your box office for previews and Opening Night and run your Opening Night event on the rooftop bar, so you can focus on getting your show ready for opening

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#KXT2019 EOIs Call Out

KXT2019

CALL OUT FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

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at KXT, bAKEHOUSE is committed to providing an affordable and accessible venue. We’re invested in the sustainability of companies, artists and new work. We’re at the forefront of diverse programming, theatre for social change, and gender equity. We’re keeping the door open for new and emerging artists, and actively supporting and mentoring the next generation through our acclaimed STEP UP program

IF YOU’VE GOT A SHOW you’d like to see as part of KXT2019, then now is the time...

StoryTellers Festival Call Out

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Those words you wrote that have never been heard? We want them.

Storytellers Festival @ KXT is a 2-week pop-up celebration of playwrights and words.

It’s an opportunity to showcase unproduced plays, share writing that has never been heard, and come together as a playwriting community. The Festival is curated by playwright Joanna Erskine, in association with Danny Ball and bAKEHOUSE Theatre.
 

Who’s eligible? Playwrights at any stages of their writing careers.

What are we after? There are two categories for submissions:

Spotlight: Full-length, unproduced plays at, or close to, final draft stage. A small number of Spotlight plays will be selected for staged readings during the festival. It is intended that each Spotlight play will have two opportunities to be read during the Festival.

House Lights: Small pieces that you would like to share. It could be a scene, a short play, a song, a monologue, something that got cut from another work and has yet to find a home. We’ll curate a few House Lights evenings using work submitted. Each House Lights program will have two showings during the Festival.

We are looking to program: 

A diverse mix of playwrights

A diverse range of writing styles and content

Work that is ready, or almost ready for, production  

How will it work? We’re moving quickly. It will be a short submissions period and selections will be made as soon as possible. Once selected, there are two ways of putting your work on: 

Bring your own team If you already have actors and/or a director in place for your piece, or can organise actors and a director, then let us know who your team is. Writers may also choose to direct, or perform their own work (if a solo piece). 

We connect you We aim to have a pool of actors who are keen to read during the Festival. We will pair you up and put you in touch with them.

Please note, it is the writer’s responsibility to organise their own reading and rehearsal.

Storytellers Festival is not about polished performances. It’s about hearing the words. Actors will have scripts in hand. There will be no set, a basic lighting state, and chairs for the actors. If you want to use props, bring them along but keep them simple. This is about the script, not the production. 

What’s in it for writers? Storytellers Festival is a showcase of new work. Ticket prices will be kept low to encourage repeat audience attendance throughout the Festival. Box office will cover costs (minimal) and a remuneration for participating writers, in both Spotlight and House Lights categories. Writers will be notified of remuneration arrangement as soon as it is finalised, and the Festival will be transparent in all communication.

The Festival provides an opportunity to share work and invite people to hear your work, to further generate audience interest in new Australian writing, create new networking opportunities for writers, and encourage industry to hear work that is ready for production. 

How do I submit? Submit your application via the link below. Its super simple, super quick 

Submissions must be received by

5.00 pm Thursday 26 July 2018.

Questions? Contact Festival Director Joanna Erskine at storytellersfestival@gmail.com

KXT is affordable and accessible.  

Every Thursday is our regular $20 for 20s. If you’re under 30 you can get the cheapest ticket in town. We’ve now added in Playwave performances for 15 – 19 year olds who can pick up tickets for every Thursday night or Sunday matinee. 

Every performance has disabled access.

The second Wednesday of each season is a dedicated RELAXED PERFORMANCE. Get in touch and let us know what you need. Read about it here: RELAXED PERFORMANCES

And we’re dead keen to see Mums and bubs at the theatre

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For artists: following on from the regular Sunday play reads the KXT team hang out in the foyer. Come say hi, let us know what you're doing, what you need, chat about your plans. MORE HERE

All previews at KXT are the low price of $25 NB: these sell quick so book early

KX Hotel has all-genders bathroom facilities, and we’re working to make sure signage is warm and welcoming. 

And if you head in for the Sunday matinee you can take advantage of the COME EARLY + STAY LATE KXT Meal Deal, offering 10% off the price of your dinner order when you show your theatre ticket

EARLY BIRD tickets are available for all shows at KXT, for only $25. Book early and often

ticket prices remain affordable with with general ticket prices starting as low as $32

Through our Open the Door program we connect with not for profits and marginalised communities to provide free tickets for those who might not normally go to the theatre. 

KXT is affordable and accessible.

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Happy Birthday #10

Countdown to 10 years of bakehouse

2008 June: her holiness, by Justin Fleming & Melvyn Morrow

Dir: Suzanne Millar With: Bernadette Ryan, James Lugton, Alisa Hawkins, Alan Dearth, Tony Stock, Matt Treddinnik, Cat Martin, Megan Thomas, Katherine Shearer, Ben Wood  

At Seymour Centre & Riverside

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2009 November: A Land Beyond the River by Justin Fleming ~ a part of the first StoryLines festival

Dir: Suzanne Millar Producer: John Harrison, Suzanne Millar, Dino Dimitriadis With: Elijah Williams, Alex Jalloh, Jarrod Crellin, Andrew Cutcliffe, Harry Flitcroft, Luka Tanfara, Sam Jalloh, Chloe Dunn

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“this exceedingly talented troupe of Aboriginal, African, Asian and Caucasian actors are almost inseparably and insuperably good in their respective roles…" Crikey


2010 November: The History Boys by Alan Bennett

Dir: Suzanne Millar Producer: John Harrison With: Tim Hunter, Claudette Clark, Phil Lye, Andrew O’sullivan, Cheyne Fynn, Con Costi, Stephen Lloyd-Coombs, Oliver Clarke, Leon Joseph, Ben Williams

At NIDA Parade Playhouse

“the real stars of this production are the boys... charismatic and well on their way to becoming fine, accomplished actors” Crikey

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2011 June Coup d’Etat by Justin Fleming

Dir: Suzanne Millar; Producer John Harrison; With: Renee Lim, Shingo Usami, Felino Dolloso, Donald Sword, Cat Martin

At Riverside & NIDA

‘…a fascinating, absorbing play that combines sweeping politics with a powerful human drama…capturing both the epic nature of the political background and the intimate personal relationships…’ Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph

2012 March: Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman

Dir: Dino Dimitriadis ; Producer: John Harrison; A co-production with apocalypse theatre co

With Michael Cullen, Jarrod Crellin, Rowan Freeman, Sophie Haylen, Richard Hilliar, Daniel Hunter, Jacqui Livingston, Danielle Maas, Alex Nicholas, Katrina Rautenberg, Katherine Shearer, Tim Warden

At PACT

'This isn’t your usual vanilla theatre...This is a work based upon movement, light, sound and boundless energy and imagination.' Stage Whispers

2012 June: Junction by Justin Fleming, a part of the Storylines Festival

Dir: Suzanne Millar; Producer: John Harrison; With: Guy Simon & Stacey Duckworth

 at NIDA & TRS

“deals with Aboriginal ideas about time, memory, ancestral spirits and respect with profound subtlety and panache…” Lloyd Bradford Syke

2012 June: A Land Beyond the River by Justin Fleming, a part of the StoryLines festival

Dir: Suzanne Millar; Producer: John Harrison; With: Elijah Williams, Alex Jalloh, Kir Deng, Guy Simon, Aileen Huyhn, Jas Simmons. Andrew Cutcliffe, Joshua McElroy, Cheyne Fynn

at NIDA & TRS

‘A beautiful thing to watch, a perfect example of a director in tune with a writer’s vision, and dedicated cast, perfectly on point to deliver on that expectation…’ Lisa Thatcher

2012 July: Coup d'Etat by Justin Fleming; a restaging for the StoryLines Festival, and first time working with the fab Monroe Reimers

Dir: Suzanne Millar; Producer: John Harrison; With: Monroe Reimers, Shingo Usami, Renee Lim, Donald Sword, Cat Martin

‘…this fine production, directed by Suzanne Millar, is textured, rich and immediate...bright, fast-paced and colourful" Benjamin Neutze, Aussie Theatre

2012 November: Great Expectations by  Nick Ormerod & Declan Donellan

Dir: John Harrison; Producer: Suzanne Millar; With thanks to critical Stages & ATYP

With:  Alan Dearth; Callum McManis; Cheyne Fynn; Daniel Hunter; Jacki Mison; Jarrod Crellin; Jessica Paterson; Jim McCrudden; Kieran Foster; Patrick Sherwood; Rebecca Saffir; Richard Hilliar; Shannon Ashlyn; Sophie Haylen; Stephen Lloyd Coombs

ATYP Under the Wharf

“Young, lively, and imbued with a feeling of magic...” concrete playground

2013 Sept & Dec: 2Chairs, developed by Suzanne Millar

script by John Harrison & company

Dir: Suzanne Millar; Producer: John Harrison

With: Elijah Williams, Alex Jalloh, Johnson Ngor, Xavier Levins, Claudette Clark, Bron Lim, Amelia Tranter, Joshua McElroy, Alisa Hawkins, Yarri Bangoura, Cheyne Fynn, Akech Deng, Derrick Byimira, Tony Stock

At CRACK Festival & ATYP

In development | a look at language, loss and what it means to call a place home

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2013 November: Love Field by Ron Elisha

Dir Michael Dean; Producer: Suzanne Millar; Dramaturg: Dino Dimitriadis

With Lizzie Schebesta & Ben Wood

At TAP Gallery. *And we meet Andrew McMartin... 

“An elegant work with a dignified simplicity...” Suzy Wrong, suzygoessee

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2014 June: world premiere of His mother’s voice by Justin Fleming; Dir: Suzanne Millar

With: Renee Lim, Monica Sayers, Harry tseng, Danielle Jackson, Alice Kheovong, Arisa Yura, Angela Tran, Jonathan Surjadi, Isaiah Powell, Felino Dolloso, Michael Gooley, John Goodway

ATYP Selects 2014

“Entrancing. A work of substance and resonance..."  Deborah Jones, The Australian

2014 October: His Dark Materials development

Dir: John Harrison & Michael Dean; Producer: Suzanne Millar; In partnership with ERTH

Cast Amy Green; Amy Scott-Smith; Andrew Den; Cheyne Finn; Christopher Stalley; Dannielle Jackson; Ellen Bailey; Harry Tseng; Jacki Mison; Jim McCrudden; Kieran Foster; Kit Bennett; Lucy Heffernan; Pip Dracakis; Richard Hilliar; Simon Croker; Stephen Lloyd-Coombs

At ATYP

In development | stay tuned

2015 June: The Ishmael club by Bill Garner & Sue Gore

Dir: Suzanne Millar; With: Amy Scott-Smith, Richard Hilliar, Katrina Rautenberg, Jasper Garner Gore

At the old fitz: “These actors are terrific at the best of times, and these are the best of times” the buzz

2015 November: I am we are by the company

Dir: Suzanne Millar; With: the students of Loyola College, Mt Druitt featuring Trishala Sharma

A fundraiser

KXT LAUNCHES

In November 2015 we gutted level 2, reconfigured and rebuilt the room, and made a theatre. Shout out to Elliott, KX Hotel, Lloyd, Solotel, mandylights, Rich Neville, Shannon and the builders, Michael Dean and the team on Roadkill Confidential who said yes, jumped on board and got the job done. Playing along at home? Its getting busy now...

2016 April: Black Jesus by Anders Lustgarten

Dir: Suzanne Millar; With: Elijah Williams, Belinda Jombwe, Dorian Nkono, Jarrod Crellin, and Alex Jalloh on drums

“This tightly-made production makes for absorbing viewing... ferocious” Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

2016 June: Visiting Hours 0.1 by John Harrison, Con Costi, Mike Costi

For vivid at KX Hotel: Dir: John Harrison & Michael Dean; Producers: Suzanne Millar, John Harrison. Andrew McMartin

With Arisa Yura, Cheyne Fynn, Heather Prowse, Jim McCrudden, Simon Croker, Katherine Shearer, Keiren Brereton, Monica Sayers, Nicole Wineberg, Rebecca Claire Moret, Richard Hilliar, Rose Costi, Sarah Evans, Jacqui Robinson, Joshua McElroy, Yannick Lawry

SEASON SOLD OUT   

“Experience immersive theatre done to perfection with bAKEHOUSE Theatre‘s production Visiting Hours. Taking place over five levels of the King’s Cross Hotel, you’ve never seen anything like it before”

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2016 November: The invisible circus, A festival celebrating the work of women, curated by bAKEHOUSE and Siren Theatre

Directors: Kate Gaul, Priscilla Jackman, Cathy Hunt, Suzanne Millar

Producers: Kate Gaul with John Harrison, Suzanne Millar & Heidi Annand

Work: Good with Maps, the Angelica Complex, Tiny Remarkable Bramble

Side shows: the Laden Table, Jatinga, Freefalling

Sponsored by Education & Learning Foundation, Jaipur Asset Management

With: Jane Phegan, Thomas Campbell, Lucy Suze Taylor, Catherine Terracini, Contessa Treffone, Geraldine Viswanathan, Michael Whalley, Kym Vercoe, Naomi Livingstone, Renee Lim, cast of The Laden Table & cast of Jatinga

Season includes art exhibitions, forums, music, open door rehearsals

2017 March: The Laden Table

by Yvonne Perczuk, Nur Alam, Raya Gadir, Chris Hill, Marian Kernahan & Ruth Kliman

Dir: Suzanne Millar; Producer: John Harrison

With Abi Rayment, Alex Chalwell, Donald Sword, Doron Chester, Geoff Sirmai, Gigi Sawires, Jessica Paterson, Justina Ward, Mansoor Noor, Monroe Reimers, Sarah Meacham, Suz Mawer.

SEASON SOLD OUT

“The writing is extraordinary, the direction extremely certain and the performances from all 12 actors convincing and heart felt... At the heart of this play is a great passion. Nothing Australian of similar quality or subject matter has appeared on either the STC or Belvoir stages for some time” Kevin Jackson

2017 June: Jatinga by Purva Naresh and the company.

A bAKEHOUSE commission, a part of the  bACE program in Mumbai, an international partnership

Dir: Suzanne Millar; Producer: John Harrison; Special thanks to: Yael Crishna

With Sapna Bhavnani, Faezeh Jalali, Suz Mawer, Monroe Reimers, Trishala Sharma, Teresa Tate Britten, Karina Bracken, Amrik Tumber, Bali Padda, Sheila Kumar, Claudette Clark.

Made possible with the support of SBW, Education & learning foundation, Jaipur Asset Management, Jarrod Crellin

SEASON SOLD OUT

“An irresistible blend of music, movement, puppetry and arresting performances... For one of our smallest companies to reach out so far beyond themselves to make a difference in the world is remarkable. One of the most ambitious companies in the country” Cassie Tongue, Time Out

2017 November: Night slows down by Philip James Rouse

Dir: Phil Rouse; Producer: Shell McKenzie, John Harrison; With: Andre de Vanny, Danielle King, Johnny Nasser

A bAKEHOUSE / Don’t Look Away co production

“Confronting and compelling” Broadway World

2018 February: VISITING HOURS 2.0

By John Harrison, Com Costi, Mike Costi; Producers: John Harrison, Andrew McMartin, Suzanne Millar

With: Arisa Yura, Cheyne Fynn, Derbail Kinsella, Elijah Williams, Emma White, Heather Prowse, Jasper Garner Gore, Jim McCrudden, Joshua McElroy, Katherine Shearer, Keiren Brereton, Kianah Marlena, Laura Djanegara, Mansoor Noor, Monica Sayers, Nicole Wineberg, Rebecca Claire Moret, Richard Hilliar, Rose Costi, Sarah Evans, Sheila Kumar, Suz Mawer, Tara Clark, Tom McCracken, Yannick Lawry

“first-rate...sublimely beautiful in performance, lighting and sound design" - Ben Neutze, Time Out

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16 June: 10 years almost to the day since the first bAKEHOUSE show. And it’s the dream team: Justin writing, John producing & Suzanne directing...

2018 June: DRESDEN by Justin Fleming

Dir: Suzanne Millar; Producer John Harrison

With: Yalin Ozucelik, Jeremy Waters, Renee Lim, Ben Wood, Tom Campbell, Dorje Swallow


YOUTH + DESTINATION

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

We first said hi to James Raggatt at the start of 2016. KXT had been up and running for only a few weeks and, not long out of NIDA, James brought us a script that we thought was super interesting. We had an empty week at KXT and he got together a bunch of mates and headed into development to take a look at it all. On the back of that week James made a few changes, rewrote a bunch of stuff, and came up with the first draft of what would become YOUTH + DESTINATION. In 2017 some more time came available at KXT and so he took another look at it all.

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Since that first meeting, James has kept busy. He was the lead in Spring Awakenings at ATYP in 2016. Then one of the leads in the beautiful BLINK at KXT presented by Stories Like These early in 2017. He was a rehearsal observer on The Drover at Belvoir, and assistant director on MacBeth for STCSA.

The show is now about to go into full production. Some of the original collaborators in development are a part of the cast. James has launched his new company MANIFESTO Theatre Co, the media release is out, programs are at the printers, the wine is ordered for opening night. This week they bump in, (and just quietly what they’re doing with the stage in at KXT is a little bit exciting / surprising…!)

STEP UP provides support and opportunity to new work, new artists, and new companies. YOUTH + DESTINATION is a perfect little example of how this process can work.

NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK AT KXT

2018:     Dresden by Justin Fleming; YOUTH + DESTINATION by James Raggatt; Storylines by the company; Visiting Hours by John Harrison, Con Costi and Michael Costi; Two Hearts by Laura Lethlean; The Hysteric by Gretal Vella. In development StoryLines by the company; Human Activity by Katie Pollock; bAKEHOUSE / CPAC Writers Residency with Winnie Dunn

2017:     The Laden Table by Yvonne Perszuk, Nur Alam and company; Jatinga by Purva Naresh; Between the Streetlight and the Moon by Melita Rowston; Before Lysistrata by Ellena Costa; Puntila/Matti by Tobias Manderson-Galvin; Night Slows Down by Philip Rouse; A Christmas Carol by Melissa Lee Speyer and company. In development Youth + Destination by James Raggatt; Night Slows Down by Philip Rouse

2016:     Good With Maps by Noelle Janackzewska; Tiny Remarkable Bramble by Jessica Tuckwell; The Angelica Complex by Sunny Grace with Priscilla Jackman; Tanscience by Clare Hennessey; Atlantis by Paul Gilchrist; Shut Up & Drive by Paul Gilchrist. In development: The Laden Table by Yvonne Perszuk, Nur Alam and company; Jatinga by Purva Naresh; Youth + Destination by James Raggatt; Noli Mi Tangere by Peter Fleming; #LADS by Lots5   

ACCESSIBILITY

bAKEHOUSE presents

RELAXED PERFORMANCES AT KXT

In 2016 we saw Jess Thom’s performance of Backstage in Biscuit Land, playing at Malthouse as part of the Melbourne Festival. It was a wild ride: a challenge to what we think theatre should be, and most particularly how audiences behave in our theatres. We loved it! It was Jess’ work that has played an important role in the rising number of venues in the UK that have established RELAXED PERFORMANCES as a regular part of their seasons. It’s also now become a routine part of many seasons at US theatres.

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“A relaxed performance is a true judgement-free zone… everyone is welcome and released from the traditional expectations about sitting still and staying silent”

At KXT we believe that everyone benefits from a rich cultural life, that we ALL deserve to have access to the arts. KXT has disabled access available for all performances. Earlier in the year we were thrilled when the team at Unofficial Kerith Fanclub staged an Auslan Interpreted performance of Being Dead (Don Quixote). As a venue regularly hosting trans and queer work, we’ve worked with KX hotel management to provide all-genders bathroom facilities and appropriate signage, to make sure our audience members and artists feel safe and welcome. And just quietly, we’d love to see mums and bubs back in the foyer.

Plus we’re committed to affordability: through our Open the Door program, established in 2014, we’ve been working with not for profits to make theatre available to those whose personal circumstances mean they are unable to pay market price for their seats. Our partnership with Playwave is all about providing discount tickets for 15 – 19 year olds, and our Thursday night $20 for 20s is a regular cheap ticket.     

We can all argue the value of theatre. Perhaps it’s the opiate of the masses, a lovely relief from the pressures of an increasingly stressful life, a vehicle for important storytelling and grand ideas or simply a record of the world we live in and the world we want. But there is no question that theatre is alive and well in the heart of the city.

RELAXED PERFORMANCES are held the Wednesday following on from Opening. Everyone welcome! Get in touch and let us know what you need

bakehousetheatrecompany@gmail.com

The venues in the above articles are delivering on a grand scale. KXT is a small unfunded and unstaffed venue, there’s only a couple of us running things, and there are limits to what we can do. But we will continue to work to keep the theatre fully accessible. Drop us a line and tell us what you need. We'll do our best to make sure you can come along to one of the city's most exciting indie theatres

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