planning for KXT2019 means looking back over the past 12 months. We’re incredibly proud of KXT2018 and here’s why:
In 2018 KXT hosted 12 women directors; 10 women producers; 8 shows designed by women; 8 plays written by women. Additional stats from the Storytellers Festival: another 14 women playwrights + 13 women directors
The KXT2018 season included 10 Australian Plays + 5 developments of new work + We ran 8 seasons with the writer working alongside the team in the rehearsal room
KXT2018 supports new work: 12 Sydney premieres; 7 Australian premieres; 5 World premieres ++ Storytellers Festival which featured the first staging of 3 full length plays & pieces from 26 other new works. KXT2019 includes full seasons of work from that festival.
In 2018 work at KXT included 42 actors from non-anglo backgrounds. Shout out to the directors and producers getting it right
KXT is where actors come to play: In 2018 113 actors performed on the KXT stage. Plus 69 actors participated in the Storytellers Festival. Plus 3 developments, and the monthly KXTeethcutting reads
Shout out to Pip and Han Inc; and Manifesto Theatre who launched at KXT in 2018. And to Last One Standing who ran their first full season in March as part of the Step Up festival. KXT was also thrilled to champion emerging companies The Anchor, HBR Creatives, and Bite Productions.
this year we’ve seen a closing gap between independent and mainstage with performers, designers, writers and directors going from our corner of the Cross onto mainstages STC, Bell, Belvoir, Griffin and more. The bAKEHOUSE partnership with Justin Fleming continued with Dresden, while at the same time Justin’s Misanthrope played in the Opera House. Jessica Arthur first worked at KXT as one of the directors on a KXTeethcutting play read in 2017, and was back with her company The Anchor for the October season Two Hearts. Megan Wilding kicked off her year in JackRabbit’s production of Tonsils + Tweezers by Will O’Mahoney, our first season of the year, before heading into Blackie Blackie Brown at STC. Daniel Monks started his year in the beautiful Are We Awake, written by Charles O’Grady who then AD’d on the STC’s Still Point Turning. The KXT stage was home to seasoned professionals and first time performers
The KX theatre precinct continues to thrive as cast and creatives move across all venues. Alex Berlarge produced Ironbound at KXT, directed There Will Be A Climax at Old Fitz, and Cry Baby at the Hayes. Claudia Barrie jumped on board Last One Standing Theatre’s production of DNA, directed the hit You Got Older and her production of Eurydice is now running at Old Fitz. in 2019 Last One Standing Theatre produces Alice in Slasherland at the Old Fitz. Actors Alex Malone, Bardiya McKinnon, Sarah Meecham, Megan Wilding, Ariadne Sgouros, Laurence Coy, Elijah Williams, Mansoor Noor, could all be seen at KXT and the Old Fitz, or Hayes or Griffin. And Joanna Erskine’s ground breaking playwrights program the Storytellers Festival brought us all together, with 69 actors presenting the work of 29 writers with 19 directors leading the way.
The Arts Editor of Time Out Ben Neutze describes our precinct as the
‘Sydney theatre district that matters”
2019 bAKEHOUSE is partnering with indie unit JackRabbit Theatre to open up MORE seasons at KXT, to provide MORE opportunities for MORE new work and new artists.