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what's it all about?
IMAGES above: from bAKEHOUSE in development
WHY - HOW - WHAT
bAKEHOUSE on opportunities * collaboration * diversity. Taking risks and saying Yes. And championing new and emerging artists, companies and work
Since opening 18 months ago, we’ve been thrilled to play host to myriad of experienced and professional teams, and KXT has fast become known for quality work. A place where you can see the latest work from Phil Rouse, Mophead, Anthony Skuse, bAKEHOUSE, Outhouse, Claudia Barrie, Shane Bosher, Rachel Chant. We've also been excited to welcome in early stage directors, actors, producers, writers, designers, operators. We love the fearlessness of youth, the ambition and passion that drives them headlong into risky and dangerous work. The drive to succeed and the willingness to fail. Some of the best bAKEHOUSE work has been bold, brave, ambitious. Occasionally flawed. Many times not. But we’ve been able to hone our craft because someone somewhere took a chance on us. They said Yes.
There have been a lot of No’s. We pitched The Laden Table and Jatinga to all the venues and companies over three years, and they all said no. We took a world premiere script by an award winning living Australian legend to some of Sydney’s most accessible curated seasons and they didn’t like it (it’s getting a London premiere in 2018 by the way). We got long listed for multiple seasons, and short listed for others and went to the meetings and wrote the submissions and they still said No. Sometimes we got invited in. For about 6 years we didn’t have enough experience. Then we'd been around too long. Then the work was too ambitious. The teams untried. The ideas too big. Or risky.
But we got enough Yes’s to make it work. To make the work.
Curating KXT has been a steep learning curve. It’s a circus act, juggling what’s best for a venue, the artists, the audiences. The community. Our partners. We want to keep it accessible and affordable. We want the work to be ambitious and new and exciting and challenging and entertaining. And successful. We want to nurture the existing audience and grow a new one. We want to help existing companies to sustainability, supporting those indie legends. While providing opportunities to new and emerging companies.
Its not possible to be all things to all people. But we’ve taken some time to reflect on what we’ve done, what we’re doing and what we want to do. And the next big thing is the next big thing.
WHATS THE bAKEHOUSE STEP UP TEAM?
We’ll work with each team member to shape their role at KXT. For some that may mean assisting on bAKEHOUSE productions, working with designers or directors. For others, it may be that we work with you on your script development. Or introduce you to people who might champion your work. Perhaps you just want to hang out at KXT, come to the shows, help out with FOH, learn how to operate the desk, sit next to some experienced designers, or producers, or directors. Maybe you want to come sit in on some rehearsals. Or find out about auditions. Help at auditions. Perhaps you've got a project you want to run that you reckon is a good fit for bAKEHOUSE & KXT. We'll grab a coffee and have a chat about it.
You’ll get free tickets to the shows, opportunities to meet and work with some of Sydney’s indie legends, and the chance to pitch for full productions and developments.
In the first 6 months of 2017 KXT has hosted 3 developments, 1 staged reading, and 2 full productions of developments from 2016. We got the ball rolling on Danny & Hugo's KXTeethcutting project. Patrick & Victor and Jacquline and Ryan from ARRIVE.DEVISE.REPEAT took another look at the gorgeous GOTTERDAMMERUG, and Montague Basement are ran their whirlwind season of BEFORE LYSISTRATA. We opened the door to FREEFALL productions for the Australian Premiere of White Rabbit Red Rabbit But we've been doing this for a while now: big love and a bAKEHOUSE shout out to Harry Tseng, Danielle Jackson, Monica Sayers, Alice Kheovong, Elijah Williams, Constantine Costi, Joshua McElroy, Clare Hennessey, John Goodway, Arisa Yura, Dino Dimitriadis, Michael Dean, Guy Simon, Ben Wood, Michael Costi, Randa Sayed, Eloise Winestock, Belinda Jombwe, Mansoor Noor, Suz Mawer, and a whole crowd of other wonderful artists who've been a part of a bAKEHOUSE project. Who said Yes.