Chesterfield Events


SUNDAY 5.00 PM *** 26 NOVEMBER, 2017


A conversation with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

with global warming causing the bleaching of our coral reefs, rising sea levels and an alarming tilt to the earth's axis, it seems that we are on the verge of the next great mass extinction. Are we on the list? Are our days numbered? 

Iconic writer and presenter Dr Karl Kruszelnicki speaks about the state of the planet and how we can fix the mess. According to Dr Karl the technology for our salvation already exists. We just need the will to roll up our sleeves and get started.

following on from the 5.00 pm matinee of NIGHT SLOWS DOWN




 A DEATH SENTENCE | Durational Performance 

14 october, 2017


MKA + Doppelgangster present a non-stop, eight hour pre-execution final statement. | 8am - 5pm Doors remain open to spectators | Come and go as you please

featuring hours of real final statements from executed prisoners, from those who took their own lives, to the final lines of cancelled tv shows, & a whole lot more. Performed by Tobias Manderson-Galvin (MKA/Doppelgangster), Grace Lauer (Germany), Dr Tom Payne (UK), Ruby Donohoe (NYC) and a collection of Sydney's most likely to...

It's 100 years to the day since Mata Hari's execution by firing squad. 63 years since 'The Desert Fox' chose cyanide over a public treason trial. Two years since Licho Escamilla was murdered by the state of Texas. It's about 8 months since an ex-lover messaged saying never to text again or the police would be called. 11 years since I was fired from my first job for calling 'A Current Affair'. It's almost the last day we have left...



ON THE EDGE | American Beauty Shop

10 september, 2017

Photo Credit: Clare Hawley

Photo Credit: Clare Hawley

We like to think there's an Australian safety net, a buffer from the vagaries of the market economy. With the minimum wage facing cutbacks in the US, what do working families do to make ends meet? How do they pay for housing, healthcare and education on $7.70 an hour? And in Australia, with the govt moving on penalty rates and increased scrutiny of social welfare, how far are our poorest families from the poverty line? Join our panel in conversation about What's at Stake in Dana Lynn-Formby's American Beauty Shop

the panel

JULIE SNEDDON | CEO Cana Communities

DR THOMAS ADAMS | Dept of History & US Studies Centre,Sydney Uni

ANNA McGRATH | Director, American Beauty Shop

SUZANNE MILLAR, Moderator | Artistic Director bAKEHOUSE


The Great Attractor #2 | De Quincey Co

A psychedelic and absurdly wonderful experience!
— Lisa Romeo, Toorak Times

If you want something gloriously unorthodox… a focus on listening and seeing that is simple, delightful and captivating… then these guys are for you. This is a rare opportunity to see and hear two remarkable Melbourne artists perform together in Sydney. It’s spellbinding for all ages –  bring your children too!

Two ‘holy fools’ investigate a pile of objects and materials and disassembled musical instruments. They reorganise, reshape and reimagine it. They gaffer it into gigantic shapes, play with it, motorise it.

Sounds Like Movement is an installation, a capillary system of breaths and sounds, a machine; a recycling centre where matter transforms, crumbles, changes into light and dances with humans. Idiosyncratic, interactive, strange, surprising and gently funny, Sounds Like Movement invites you to take the pulse of everyday materials like plastic tubing, paper, toys, fishing rods and crumbling polystyrene.

Dale Gorfinkel and Peter Fraser treat Sounds Like Movement as a band devoted to the experience of listening. It can include kinetic sound sculptures, noise-making clothes, footpump-powered modified trumpets, automated vibraphone and human-sized origami. Absurd, curious and playful, their work invites audiences of all ages to tune into the wonderful friendship of sound and movement.

The Deep End | Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel

13 August, 2017

Photo credit: Marnya Rothe

Photo credit: Marnya Rothe

"a public reckoning with the experience of being a young woman & how we place women in crisis" Time Out

DRY LAND by Ruby Rae Spiegel | presented by Outhouse Theatre Co & Mad March Hare

Abortion rights rollback in the United States. Violence and abuse at private clinics. Legislation to decriminalise abortion voted down in the NSW Parliamnt. And in third world nations, lack of access to reproductive choices leads to the subjugation and abuse of women. On Sunday 13 August, following on from the 5pm matinee at KXT - Kings Cross Theatre, come join our panel in conversation about what's at stake in DRY LAND


Bethany Sheehan | founder My Body My Right

Dr Philip Goldstone | Medical Director, Marie Stopes, Australia

Claudia Barrie | Director, DRY LAND

Suzanne Millar (Moderator) | Artistic Director, bAKEHOUSE

Just listen | bAKEHOUSE

19 MARCH, 2017

On Sunday March 19, the audience of bAKEHOUSE's sold-out, critically-acclaimed season of THE LADEN TABLE gathered around for a post show discussion with the cast and crew, as well as a panel of very special guests, to listen to a conversation about the genesis of the play and the issues raised by THE LADEN TABLE.

the panel

Yvonne Percuk & Nur Alam | Writers, The Laden Table

Suzanne Millar | Director, The Laden Table

Nadyat el Gawley | ABC Radio Producer

Donna Jacob-Sife | Together for Humanity

Gerard Hammond | RAN Systems Engineer, Mine Warfare & Clearance

Invisible Circus SIDESHOWS | bAKEHOUSE


Developments, presentations and provocations curated by bAKEHOUSE Co-Artistic Director Suzanne Millar.

THE LADEN TABLE – a produced reading of a brave piece of writing challenging ‘dinner table racism’ played to packed houses over 3 nights at ICE in 2014. With the divisive rhetoric of Trump and the constant surprise of Pauline in public office, this is about as topical as it gets. 

FREEFALLING – early stage development, with a creative team of Renee Lim, Clare Hennessy, Carissa Licciardello and Beverly Callow. We’re still exploring the possibilities of a work that examines a life lived on the outside of normal, with a particular look at diversity and issues of mental health. With just a smackerel of Winnie the Pooh...

JATINGA – an international co-production and part of the broader bACE Mumbai project building relationships between artists in Sydney & Mumbai. Jatinga is a bAKEHOUSE commission highlighting our work in Kamathipura, Mumbai - Asia's oldest and largest red light district. We'll be joined by award-wining Mumbai-based playwright Purva Naresh as part of the bAKEHOUSE Cultural Exchange.

A series of open rehearsals, produced readings, rooftop jazz with Rose Costi & Friends; and 2 special panels Women In The Arts Making a Difference on the Streets featuring Purva Naresh, writers from the Abe's Babes Collective, bAKEHOUSE Artistic Director Suzanne Millar, documentary maker Liz Courtenay and hosted by special guest Mike Coward. 

Visiting Hours | bAKEHOUSE does Vivid

Out of Africa | a conversation with the cast of Black Jesus 


Following the 5pm performance of Black Jesus, this Chesterfield conversation offers audiences a chance to connect with the extraordinary cast of Black Jesus. Gather around the couch to hear their thoughts and reflections on the play, stories of their families' journeys to Australia, and their opinion of the state of play in Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Uganda. Afterwards, join our production drummer on stage for a session of traditional music - a celebration of African drumming from those who know it best!

The Great Attractor #1 | March 20

de Quincey Co in partnership with bAKEHOUSE present an evening of collaboration between artists Tess de Quincey, Jim Denley, Amanda Stewart, Vsevolod Vlaskine.

Noli Mi Tangere | March 12

A musical in development, based on Jose Rival's classic novel, with a Filipino-Australian cast. Music by Allan McFadden, book by Peter Fleming.

The Choir of St James| March 6

The heavenly voices of one of Australia's best choirs, up close and personal.

Elegies: A Song Cycle | Mardi Gras

march 1- 3

Presented by LindaSings, the Sydney Premiere of the musical by Tony Award-winning William Finn.

An extraordinary cast of 3 men and 2 women celebrate the lives of family & friends, lovers & pets as well as remembering those lost on September 11, 2001. Always engaging, often hilarious and at times devastating, Finn's songs have a way of intimately connecting with audiences and reminding us of life's infinite joys.

Kin - in development | Mardi Gras

A new play by award-winning playwright Catherine McKinnon, with a post-show discussion panel featuring Paul Capsis.