things to know if you’re coming to see a show at KXT…

• we’re on the second floor of Kings Cross Hotel, across the road from the coke sign.

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from the ground floor bar: head up the stairs to level 1 balcony bar - - you’ll see this sign on the door by the pool table.

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make a pit stop at the bar as you walk past. You can bring your drinks into the theatre. 


TIP: maybe buy a show drink? Each season the cool cocktail makers at KX hotel come up with a themed drink to go with the show. Right now it’s the Vaudeville Spritz, a little bit of strawberry infused rose inspired French fun. Show drinks are all only $10 


• nearest bathrooms are on that level too


• yep, there’s an excellent kitchen in the hotel with excellent food. But make sure you arrive early, cause you can’t bring food into the theatre. Not sure if you’ve got time? Then let the bar staff know you’re going to the show and check to make sure

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• if the stairs are a problem for you then we have lift access to the theatre. We’ll pop down before the show and check to see if anyone needs a hand. It’s a little bit of a rigmarole but we’re super happy to get that done for those of you that need it: accessible theatre is important to us. But it’s not a convenience thing - our stage managers are really busy getting the show on for you - if you can make your way up without assistance it’s an easy walk, so please do head on up. 


• doors at KXT open 30mins before the show. Sometimes we might be a little late opening: we’re an indie venue and there’s only a few people getting stuff done. We’re super grateful to our audiences for their patience 

15 mins before the show is due to start we’ll open up the foyer. We keep that closed because of the open layout of the theatre. Sometimes actors need to warm up and we want them to be able to get ready for the show. 

• Seating at KXT is not reserved, and there are no bad seats! They all have great sight lines (and none of them have cushions ...) So there’s no need to queue up. 


• from time to time we might start the show late. We try to make sure we start at 7.30 but sometimes everyone arrives at box office at 25 past 7 and it’s not possible to process that many tickets quickly. You could help us get started on time by picking up your ticket earlier. Why not get in when doors open at 7.00 then go buy that drink? 

BUT don’t count on a late start! Mostly we get it going on time, and like all indie venues KXT doesn’t admit latecomers. NO REFUNDS for latecomers


• our FOH personnel are all volunteers. If you’re unhappy about something please don’t give them an earful! We need these kind and generous people to give up their nights and weekends to keep the theatre going and they deserve our thanks! If you’ve got a concern about KXT or the hotel then the best way to deal with that is to email us via the contact us page in the website 


we like to stage shows that other venues wont do: risky unknown stuff. So sometimes they’re a bit racy with a bunch of content warnings. Or they’re new. Or it’s adult content. Don’t be offended! You can read up on the shows over on the website. It’s good to do that before you book your ticket


• KXT admits under 18s. We love our young theatre goers, and want you to fall in love with KXT and come back for years and years and years! But KXT is in the most regulated area in Sydney, so be prepared to say hi to security ++ if you’re under 30 KXT runs discount nights just for you: Thursday is our $20 for 20s, the cheapest ticket in town. Book online and bring ID. 

• when we first started up not much was happening in the cross. But things are changing and there will often by bands, events or live music happening on other levels. We work closely with hotel management to control noise spill and we’re pretty sure it won’t disrupt your enjoyment of the show.

But if you do hear some distant sound we like to think of it as the sound of the cross coming back to life 


• questions? Problems? Concerns? Then message us via the website. But be patient, we’re unstaffed and it can take a few days for us to get back to you


what’s that about? KXT is completely unfunded. And we want to make sure all $$ got to the artists so we’re not paying anyone to reply to your emails. It’s our investment in the sustainability of independent companies. We’re kind of like a collective, a committed group of professionals working hard - for nix - to keep the doors open. We need you to know this so you’ll be kind to us! We work very hard because we believe that artists are the life blood of a city ...and the govt won’t yet give us any money.  

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do you think we should get funding? Then contact city of Sydney council and tell them! We’ve asked a bunch of times but ... 

do you want to support our work? We’re mostly sorted for personnel but if you’d like to donate then get in touch! Every little bit helps 


• things are going well! but we’ve only been doing it for 3 years and we’re still building our venue loyalty. So we need you to help us spread the word. If you like the show please let everyone know. The price of a ticket goes some way towards offsetting the costs of the production - which is when artists get paid. We’ve had a few sold out seasons : which is AMAZING, Thank you!! But sometimes we’re surprised by good shows that play to small houses. Help us spread the word! 


• you can keep up by subscribing to our eNews, it’s got all the info. Or head over to our socials for the latest news as it happens 


KXT in the MEDIA

great to hear director Shaun Rennie and actor Jamie Oxenbould on ABC SYDNEY radio speaking with James Valentine about Outhouse Theatre Co, KXT and TREVOR. There’s some especially good chat about affordable theatre and the excitement of intimate spaces. FF through to about 25

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on closing night of A LITTLE PIECE OF ASH the JACKRABBIT team welcomed in a crew from ABCTV’s The Mix. Playing on the Sunday show 5th May, then available on iView

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“let’s talk about death baby…” Megan Wilding spoke with ABC RN about

A LITTLE PIECE OF ASH.

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THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER by Little Eggs

in the Bordello Room (Level 4) a POPUPSTAIRS event presented by JACKRABBIT THEATRE

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  1/2 THE MUSIC ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ARTS HUB

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On a planet that can feel more disheartening each year, there’s a remarkable catharsis in laughing with strangers in a dark room” Playwright LIAM MAGUIRE speaks to Audrey Journal about the first full season in the HI-JACKED RABBIT season


“Creative and clever, the work encompasses virtually all that is resonating within our immediate zeitgeist, effectively shaping itself into a condensed representation of our life and times, as things stand at the moment…” SUZY WRONG on Dumpster Divas: Art v Garbage, a Sydney Mardi Gras event a part of the Hi-Jacked Rabbit double bill


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ TIME OUT SYDNEY

“This debut play features two gay robbers and a hell of a lot of cocaine. Playwright John O’Donovan’s first full-length play …follows two young gay men in love, and the prospect of a marriage between two men hangs over much of the action. But this isn’t a play about marriage equality. Instead, it’s about the knottier stuff of gay lives in certain corners of the world, and the kind of people who’ll never be the poster boys for the progressive cause….”

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ahead of the HI-JACKED RABBIT season, Charlie Falkner from JackRabbit Theatre writes for AUDREY JOURNAL “entertainment seems to have become a dirty word” what can theatre do that the The Big Bang Theory can’t?

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The SYDNEY MORNING HERALD speaks with Jay James-Moody ahead of Squabbalogic’s season of HERRINGBONE: “Herringbone also marks the relaunch of James-Moody's production company Squabbalogic, which was on a two-year break due to Mormon”

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#KXT2019 CHEAT SHEET...

we’ll be taking a look at the big thinking around KXT2019 in the next few days. For now, here’s your handy cheat sheet…

14 women writers

11 Australian plays

10 emerging directors

11 women directors

6 culturally diverse plays

8 emerging companies

8 world premieres

8 Australian or Sydney premieres

more to come…

BackStepForward

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.




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KXT has an impressive track record supporting new companies and new work. Since launching only 3 years ago we have championed new work from: James Raggatt, Charles O’Grady, Purva Naresh, Yvonne Perzsuk & Co, Pippa Ellams, Michael Costi, Tobias Manderson-Galvin, Justin Fleming, Melita Rowston, Purva Naresh, Amelia Roper, Philip Rouse,  Noëlle Janaczewska, Jessica Tuckwell, Clare Hennessy, and more. This year, Joanna Erskine’s Storytellers Festival, a platform for playwrights and their work, brought an additional 29 writers to KXT. In 2016 Good With Maps premiered as part of INVISIBLE CIRCUS and this year the award winning production from Siren Theatre toured regional NSW. With Dresden, Jatinga, The Laden Table, Visiting Hours and Night Slows Down, bAKEHOUSE has brought to the KXT stage 5 ambitious new works in less than 3 years.

New companies have been born here, while young companies have found their feet: Last One Standing Theatre, Manifesto Theatre, Some Company, Rocket Productions, Pip and Han Inc, The Anchor, Haseman, Ball & Radda, and more. Seasons at KXT mix new and emerging artists alongside established and experienced ones. In 2018 directors Kristine Landon-Smith, Kim Hardwick, Claudia Barrie, Suzanne Millar and Jessica Arthur shared the season with James Raggatt, Hannah Goodwin, Eve Beck and Sarah Hadley. In 2015 we met with James Raggatt, opening the doors of KXT for the first development of his original script, then titled King Hit. With ongoing development support in 2016 and 2017, this became Youth + Destination, and played as part of the KXT2018 season.

“somewhere in our DNA we know that stories are out there to help us understand what we’re doing here on this planet” Theresa Rebeck


Value Adding

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a HUGE SHOUT OUT to indie theatre… you’re looking good.

this is a massive THANK YOU to all the teams that put time into their submissions for KXT2019. We received almost 150 EOIs. Audacious, bold, ambitious and adventuours. Submissions of new work, and new ideas for old work. Amazing teams filled with incredible artists. And all to be done with passion, favours, beers and a mountain of low budget brilliance.

we do read them all. Every one of them. So it takes a bit of time getting things sorted. We’ve been working our way through things: if you haven’t heard from us HOLD TIGHT!! We’ll be in touch!


September was all about VALUE ADDING at KXT: KX Collaborations; PSAs; Fringe With Benefits; the Glasshouse and Sydney Fringe Festival meant that KX Hotel was abuzz with performance. Our highlights included:

EVERYBODY LOSES: presented by Doppelgangster arriving in Sydney after a whirlwind world tour including Singapore, London and Paris.

PYJAMA SUNDAYZ: popped into Level 4 for their own unique brand of performance art

NO STRINGS ATTACHED: KXT Artistic Associate Rebecca Blake & bAKEHOUSE Artistic Director John Harrison let the puppets out to play

THE GLASSHOUSE: Sydney’s newest venue opened its doors to the musicians. Stay tuned for more


Over the past almost-3 years, we’ve worked with companies at KXT to raise awareness and funds for an extraordinary number of Not For Profits.

Including NOW; Chris O’Briens Lighthouse; Lymphoma Australia; Australian Lung Foundation; My Body My Right; AAWC; LBW Foundation; Cana community;
Loretto College; All Saints African Centre and many many more.

this month NEW GHOSTS THEATRE CO supports the Blue Knot Foundation with an additional performance, SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER at 1.00 pm. Proceeds of this Saturday's matinee will be used to provide support, education and resources for the families and communities of adult survivors of childhood trauma.

This show will be followed by a panel discussion with special guest Associate Professor Rita Shackel of the University of Sydney, along with director and cast.

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#KXTCrossroads: where art + community meet.


MUSIC

VALUE ADDING

SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER: Close out Fringe season with a unique musical experience up in the GLASSHOUSE first revealed as part of the bAKEHOUSE SOLD OUT season of Visiting Hours, and christened last week by Jonny Vaux from Bas & Co. This week take the lift to the rooftop, then head upstairs for a special up close and personal set from

Charles Wu of EARTHQUAKE MAGNIFICENT.

Kicks off at 3pm, limited availability so get in early

SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER Kick off with something super special somewhere super special. Head upstairs at 5pm to start the night in the GLASSHOUSE Sydney’s newest and most exciting new venue, up in the Kings Cross clouds. BAS & CO break out some acoustic pop rock for an exclusive and select audience. watch the sun go down with the early session; see the lights come on with the after dark session; and hang out for the late night session.

strictly limited availability

THEN

PYJAMA SUNDAYZ take over Level 4 with their unique blend of alt pop. Featured on Triple J unearthed and regulars on Sydney’s live music scene, you won’t want to miss catching them in action in the luscious Bordello room up on 4.

Bar opens 8.00 pm


September PSAs

in September 2018 bAKEHOUSE & KXT have transformed Level 4

The Art of Survival

Wednesday 12 September, 7:30 pm

FREE - REGISTRATIONS ESSENTIAL

A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT from the KXT CROSSROADS program

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Meet Commander Ken from Careflight Australia, the man who has led numerous rescue teams at major disasters,  including the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Banda Aceh and the 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Join bAKEHOUSE Co-Artistic Director John Harrison in conversation with Ken as he relives stories from the front line of Australia's local and international disaster response.

No Strings Attached

FREE + REGISTRATIONS ESSENTIAL

Monday 24th September 7.30 pm

A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT from the KXT CROSSROADS program

KXT Artistic Associate Rebecca Blake and bAKEHOUSE Artistic Director John Harrison join forces in this puppetry workshop for actors and directors. Learn the art of breathing, how to see through the puppet... and be part of bringing to life epic stage adventures including The Whale at Forty Fathoms, and The March of the Polar Bears!

++ Numbers strictly limited ++

bAKEHOUSE & PUPPETRY: in 2014 John Harrison worked with Michael Dean, Constantine Costi and Michael Costi on an early stage development of HIS DARK MATERIALS, staged at ATYP. In partnership with ERTH, and working with Puppet Makers Aleisa Jelbart and Adrianne Lord. In 2017 Aleisa again joined forces with bAKEHOUSE to create puppets for Suzanne Millar's production of Jatinga, bringing the magical mystical world of India to life. Previously in 2011, John & Suzanne worked with Puppet Maker Kaye Yasugi on Alan Bennett's The Wind in the Willows. Also in 2011 was an early stage development of Helen Edmundson’s spectacular Coram Boy

HIS DARK MATERIALS TRAILER

REBECCA BLAKE is the Artistic Associate at KXT. In March 2018 Rebecca directed the development of Rotterdam, a part of the Step Up Festival. Earlier this year she was Assistant Director on DRESDEN by Justin Fleming. In 2017 Rebecca staged subversive puppet show Blood and Bone, a sell out season at the London Vault Festival, developed while in residency at The Barbican UK, as part of the Cicada Studio Collective,