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WINNIE DUNN is the recipient of the inaugural bAKEHOUSE / CPAC Writers Residency. check back for updates



CASULA POWERHOUSE recognises the value of the arts to enrich lives, and in drawing strength from community, aims to make work that speaks to people locally and globally. At KXT, bAKEHOUSE is actively supporting new work, new companies and new artists. The inaugural bAKEHOUSE / CPAC Writers Residency will support a young writer from the Liverpool area as they develop a work to be staged at Casula Powerhouse and KXT - Kings Cross Theatre. This initiative provides an emerging playwright with administrative and artistic support as they work to deliver an exciting new play, that speaks to and of the experiences of their community

The selected playwright will be in residence throughout 2018 at Casula Powerhouse. They will have access to a computer, free wifi, and office infrasturcture and resources. 

Throughout the year, the playwright will receive:

* dramaturigcal support from the KXT / bAKEHOUSE team, with fortnightly visits to both venues focused on feedback and note sessions * a development process with actors, a director and a dramaturg * engagement with the local community via outreach to affiliated schools 

Most particularly, the playwright will be mentored by award-winning Australian playwright JUSTIN FLEMING with coffee meetings, script reading and notes, and regular feedback sessions. This will be facilitated through the KXT Step Up program.

The artist will also receive 

* complimentary tickets to all productions at KXT and CPAC for the 2018 season * opportunities to engage with the wider artistic community and build lasting industry connections via the KXT Step Up program

The intended outcome of the residency is a production ready show, staged at KXT and CPAC, produced by bAKEHOUSE

bAKEHOUSE would like to thank Lilian Silk for her work in facilitating this residency




In 2016, our first year of operation, bAKEHOUSE supported the following work at KXT| SEASONS: Left of Centre, Montague Basement, Jetpack Collective, Post-Haste Players, The Kings Fools, Lies lies and Propaganda DEVELOPMENT: Kin, Freefalling, Jatinga, The Laden Table FESTIVAL: bAKEHOUSE partnered with Siren theatre Co to launch the inaugural INVISIBLE CIRCUS Festival, celebrating the work of women writers, directors, designers, producers, musicians and artists 

2017: Gotterdammerung by Arrive.Devise.Repeat; Before Lysistrata with Montgue Basement; #LADS with Lot5; Youth & Destination by James Raggett; The Laden Table presented by bAKEHOUSE; Jatinga by Purva Naresh; A Christmas Carol by Melissa Lee Speyer and company with Lies, Lies & Propaganda

2018: through February bAKEHOUSE ran a  SOLD OUT season of VISTING HOURS, our multi-level immersive experience, written by John Harrison, Constantine Costi and Michael Costi. Our 2018 season also includes YOUTH + DESTINATION by James Raggatt, presented by the newly formed MANIFESTO THEATRE Co, a full production of a work developed at multiple residencies at KXT over the past 2 years. Plus TWO HEARTS a new work by Laura Lethlean, presented by The Anchor; THE HYSTERIC by Gretal Vella in development by Carissa Licciardello and her new company Glitterbomb. And we’ve got the following on the boil: HUMAN ACTIVITY by Katie Pollock, a response to her bACE placement in Mumbai STORYLINES working with the Cana Community and the CPAC / bAKEHOUSE Writers Residency

As a part of our Step Up Festival: Pip and Han Inc was launched to stage The Carousel by Pippa Ellams; Last One Standing Theatre had their first season with DNA; UPSTART was launched, a platform for new ideas and theatre experiments. 

And a couple of other sneaky little developments working away. Scroll down to see what's cooking...




DNA by Dennis Kelly | presented by Last One Standing Theatre Company with Bardiya McKinnon

INJEST by Georgina Adamson | presented by Bite Productions with Eve Beck

THE CAROUSEL by Pippa Ellams | presented by Hannah Goodwin

UPSTART | curated by Jessica Adie

ROTTERDAM by Jon Brittain (development) | presented by Rebecca Blake with Amy Morcom


the bAKEHOUSE mentoring program at KXT - Kings Cross Theatre

the bAKEHOUSE Step Up program supports new artists, companies and work. We do this through a dedicated program of opportunities for our STEP UP TEAM, a month long festival of work, and a broader investment in development of new and existing scripts. For further information click HERE to meet the 2018 STEP UP TEAM and to keep up to date on festival developments click HERE



bACE: the bAKEHOUSE Artistic and Cultural Exchange

an international platform for partnership and collaboration

JATINGA by Purva Naresh

In 2014 bAKEHOUSE Artistic Director Suzanne Millar headed to Mumbai partnering with Apne Aap Women's Collective(AAWC), an award winning NGO working with the daughters of sex workers in Kamathipura - Asia's oldest and largest red light district - to provide them with an education and pathways out of the cycle of inter-generational prostitution. 

Suzanne's work was an experiment in the power of theatre to transform lives. She set up an arts program for the girls and worked with Australian philanthropists to secure funding for a night shelter for at-risk girls and funding for tertiary education opportunities. JATINGA is inspired by the lives of these girls. 

stay tuned for news on further stagings of JATINGA

Epic in scope... Spanning the gulf between India’s privileged and poor and crowded with characters, Jatinga is an involving work of storytelling, propelled by intrigue, incident, and the portentous image of birds flocking to their doom. Suzanne Millar’s production is vividly realised with elements of dance, unison movement and puppetry to the fore.
— Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

HUMAN ACTIVITY by Katie Pollock

bAKEHOUSE continues our work with Katie Pollock on HUMAN ACTIVITY a part of the bAKEHOUSE Artistic and Cultural Exchange. This early stage development is Katie's response to her time in Mumbai for the first read and development of Jatinga. HUMAN ACTIVITY is an extraordinary play, a collision and intersection of the fantastic worlds of Mumbai and Sydney. In 2017 Human Activity was a finalist in the Silver Gull Award. Check back for further details  

JATINGA in development in Mumbai

JATINGA in development in Mumbai

all development work at KXT - Kings Cross Theatre is sponsored and facilitated by the bAKEHOUSE team