4 - 28 November 2016


Invisible Circus is a season of plays, performances and provocation. Directors Priscilla Jackman, Kate Gaul, Cathy Hunt and Suzanne Millar join forces to bring new work by women to the Sydney stage.

Co-curated by Siren Theatre’s Kate Gaul & bAKEHOUSE Theatre Co’s Suzanne Millar

Good With Maps | Kate Gaul - Siren Theatre Co

Written by Noëlle Janaczewska

Directed by Kate Gaul

Performed by: Jane Phegan

Designer: Alice Morgan; Composer/Sound Designer: Nate Edmondson; Lighting Designer Louise Mason; Stage Manager Zara Thompson

Presented by Siren Theatre Co

When the world map was full of gaps, the Amazon topped the list of places unknown to western explorers. In 2016 are there any ‘unknowns’ left? On a trip to the Amazon, the writer ponders this and other questions as she struggles to deal with her father’s journey through Parkinson’s disease towards what is perhaps our last great unknown—death.

Good with Maps is a striking performance essay which takes us on a journey to the Amazon, and celebrates the power of reading and literature to transport us to places both real and imagined. Good With Maps was written with a New Work grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. 

every element is in step and working together to create this fascinating and ultimately heartbreaking piece Daily Review

one of those rare and beautiful productions I dream about, where a fine writer has handed a text to a fine director who calls forth a great performance from a fine actor  Lisa Thatcher

Tiny Remarkable Bramble | Cathy Hunt - The Impending Room


Written by Jessica Tuckwell

Directed by Cathy Hunt

Presented by The Impending Room

Cast includes: Thomas Campbell, Lucy Suze Taylor, Catherine Terracini, Contessa Treffone, Geraldine Viswanathan and Michael Whalley

Associate Producer: Victor Kalka

Designer: Tessa Dorman; Lighting Designer Louise Mason

This remarkable offering from the brain of Jessica Tuckwell is the unruly journey of six unlikely characters who struggle to untangle the chaotic mess that minds make of hearts and hearts make of us. If only they could each get out of their own way, something sensible just might happen... 

brilliant absurdist nonsense … a joy to watch Sydney Arts Guide

a night of theatre simultaneously challenging and entertaining. Suzy Goes See

The Angelica Complex | Priscilla Jackman

Co-created by Priscilla Jackman (Director) and Sunny  Grace (Writer)

Associate Producer: Lucinda Gleeson

Designer Elia Bosshard; Lighting Designer Louise Mason; Cinematographer Velinda Wardell ACS; Visual Consultant & Production Photography Phil Erbacher; Video Artist Lucia May; Sound Tegan Nicholls

Opera Singer: Naomi Livingston

Cast: Kym Vercoe

The Angelica Complex is a transformative and provocative theatrical voyage through the challenge of motherhood told through operatic junctures, physical poetry and wit.

Can Angelica hold onto her identity while caring for her baby, or will she remain trapped on the Isle of Tears? 

a thrilling theatrical voyage into pregnancy, post-partum, and parenting Australian Stage

verging on the poetic Sydney Morning Herald

The Sideshows | Suzanne Millar - 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. 

UNTITLED – 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 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. 

++ additional surprises: music, art, panels, discussions and meetings.

THE LADEN TABLE dev | November 8, 9 Open Door Rehearsal; November 13 Open Door Rehearsal; November 13 Produced Reading; November 14 Produced Reading

FREEFALING dev | November 15, 16, 18 Open Door Rehearsal; November 20 Produced Reading

JATINGA dev | 21 November Playreading; November 22, 25 Open Door Rehearsals; November 27 Open Door Rehearsals



27 November and Monday November 28

As the INVISIBLE CIRCUS winds down, join us for a produced reading of Jatinga; a cool rooftop jazz set with Rose Costi & Friends; a final peek at the complete Invisible Circus art exhibition; and a special panel 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 and hosted by a special guest MICHAEL COWARD OA

festival photographer: Natasha Narula


Siren Theatre Company; bAKEHOUSE Theatre Co; The Impending Room; Abe’s Babes collective; Left of Centre; Aarambh; The Hive; AAWC; The Education and Learning Foundation (ELF); LBW; Jaipur Asset Management