WOMEN AT WORK

IN THE ARTS IN SYDNEY...

Who’s hanging out at KXT?

This week Eve Beck & Georgina Adamson brought in their tasty little morsel of madness INJEST, The Last Supper, hand in hand with Hannah Goodwin directing Pippa Ellam’s THE CAROUSEL, an honest and uncensored look at sisters. And earlier in the week we trialed an exciting new concept: UPSTART was put together and hosted by Jessica Adie.

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Earlier this month Claudia Barrie directed DNA for new company Last One Standing Theatre, supported by Alyssa Stevenson on her first producing gig. DNA was recast gender neutral, with 6 women in a cast of 11, and the fab Jess-Belle Keogh was a stand out as Jill, originally written as John. Rebecca Blake took a first look at Rotterdam, working with Phoebe Lane, Ella Prince and Bobbie-Jean Henning, alongside Travis Jeffery. Up next is the Brevity Theatre production of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, with an all women team of Emma Diaz, Veronique Bennett, Clemmie Williams, and Isabel Hudson led by director Erin Taylor working with the sublime Ella Prince.

 DNA in rehearsal - pic from Clare Hawley

DNA in rehearsal - pic from Clare Hawley

Later this year: Kim Hardwick; Claudia Barrie; Suzanne Millar; Lucy Clements, Jess Arthur, Kristine Landon-Smith and Carissa Licciardello are all heading into the director’s chair. Writers: Annie Ryan; Clare Barron; Martyna Majok; Anna Jordan; Laura Lethlean and Gretal Vella.  

 Sarah Meacham in The Laden Table, developed at INVISIBLE CIRCUS

Sarah Meacham in The Laden Table, developed at INVISIBLE CIRCUS

since launching KXT has exceeded gender equity: in 2017 we hosted 8 female directors (7 male directors); 14 female writers (5 male writers). In 2016, our first full year of operation: 17 producers who happened to be women; 11 directors who happened to be women; 10 writers who happened to be women.

We wrapped up our first year hosting INVISIBLE CIRCUS, a month long festival celebrating the work of women, co-curated by Siren Theatre and bAKEHOUSE Theatre Co, with plays written, directed, developed and performed by women.

Sometimes you’ve just got to get the job done.

 Phoebe Lane + Bobbie-Jean Henning, in development

Phoebe Lane + Bobbie-Jean Henning, in development

“There was nothing for people like me – millennial girls – and I was struggling to find writing that talked like I did, or spoke about the things I speak about.
— Pippa Ellams, speaking to Audrey Journal