KXT is the new kid on the block. Located in the heart of the city on Level 2 of the iconic Kings Cross Hotel, Sydney's newest theatre is just a short walk up the hill from the Old Fitz and down the road from Griffin.
We got things started late in 2015 with Lies, Lies and Propaganda's exhilarating production of Roadkill Confidential -
Now bAKEHOUSE is kicking it up a gear. In 2016, KXT plays host to some of Sydney's indie theatre legends and trailblazers, continues to support small and emerging companies, and introduces you to some young guns on their way up. bAKEHOUSE continues its commitment to new work and development as well as its long-held practice of arts events, think-tanks and forums.
First up is Anthony Neilson's blistering black comedy Year of the Family, presented by Tooth and Sinew, directed by Richard Hilliar, and running Feb 10-20.
The 2016 season features work from leading directors including Kate Gaul, Shane Bosher, Cathy Hunt, Rachel Chant, Glen Hamilton, Suzanne Millar, Paul Gilchrist and John Harrison. KXT will also host work from emerging companies and artists including Jetpack, Montague Basement, Oliver Burton and Stephen Lloyd Coombs.
Highlights of the year include:
- Mardi Gras at KXT - Featuring a restaging of indie hit Kaleidoscope (presented by Montague Basement), a trans story by writer Charlie O'Grady; a reading of the new work Kin, with a post-read Q+A panel featuring Paul Capsis; and a short season of the musical Elegies, A Song Cycle by Tony award-winning William Finn.
- Black Jesus - Long known as one of Sydney's few companies committed to staging culturally diverse work, bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company will stage the Australian premiere of Anders Lustgarten's powerhouse play. Set in 2015 in post-Mugabe Zimbabwe where a Truth and Justice Commission has been set up to investigate past atrocities, Black Jesus brings Africa to Sydney's stages, directed by Suzanne Millar and featuring a hot young African-Australian cast .
- Invisible Circus - a month long festival of work by women, featuring three plays written and directed by some of Australia's foremost artists, who just happen to be women, including Cathy Hunt, Noelle Janaczewska and Kate Gaul. Co-curated by bAKEHOUSE Artistic Director Suzanne Millar and Siren Theatre's Kate Gaul, the festival is KXT's response to the ongoing issues surrounding gender parity in theatre.
- The NIDA-bAKEHOUSE Collaborative Project - For many years, bAKEHOUSE has supported and mentored some of Sydney's most exciting young theatre-makers and this program allows us to provide a fully resourced process, with the selected graduates given the opportunity to participate in Sydney's indie theatre scene and a venue to showcase their work.
- The Chesterfield - KXT's communal melting pot is about to kick off with performance platforms by Australian dance legend Tess de Quincey, featuring dance, jazz, spoken word and photography; a fundraiser for the heavenly St James Choir; classical music from members of Metropolitan Opera and brilliant conversations about refugees and migrants (Out of Africa), young scientists and the future of the world (Totally F#$*ked); and the how to make truly dangerous Art (Radical Art).
- Diversity in development - a number of bAKEHOUSE projects in development will receive readings this year. Jatinga by Hindi Playwright Purva Naresh, commissioned through the bAKEHOUSE-Mumbai Cultural Exchange; Renee Lim's Falling Through Clouds; and The Laden Table written by women from Sydney's Jewish and Muslim communities.
- Art installations - KXT's beautiful foyer has already played host to work from Blue Mountains-based artist Nick McKinlay and Suzanne Millar's impressions from her time in Mumbai. A sexy new installation from Lauren Marshall has just hit the walls and equally sexy work from Philip Patterson is on the way!