MAY 2019

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KXT is thrilled to be able to help out our KX neighbours Griffin theatre.

A Little History Play brings together theatre, indie role-playing games, and board game design into three glorious nights of revolution.

Each night, participants form a newly elected government tasked with steering a fledgling nation through uncertain times, reacting to crises and passing laws, knowing full well their actions will reverberate through history.

At the end of one hour, each group will commemorate its reign, leaving a monument for future generations. And on the next night, another group sits down to play, inheriting this world some decades later, to rule for themselves… at least for a while.



The KXT Bordello Pop-Up space has a standard lighting rig that will be provided to all hirers. Any changes made to this rig by visiting designers must be reverted back to this plot prior to leaving the venue at the end of any season.

Inventory The standard lighting inventory includes:

  • Control ETC Nomad Dongle Kit ETC “Gadget” Mac Mini

  • Dimming and Distribution 1 x LSC RED 12/10A Dimmer 1 x LSC Powerpoint 12/10A Distro

  • Lighting & Fixtures 6 x Quad 7 Led Pars 8 x 1.2K Fresnels 1 x small Profile In addition, 6 cyclorama lights are available from KXT, however no other KXT lights are available for the Bordello Pop-Up space.

  • Power and Data Cabling The space does not have an installed cabling system, but relies on several single cables that run from the dimmer area into the grid. There are a limited number of spare power and data cables.

Fire Visiting designers and technicians should note that the theatre has multiple fire sprinklers installed in the roof, several of which are in close proximity to lighting bars. Extreme care should be taken when working near the sprinklers. Fixtures hung in close proximity may activate the sprinkler system which reacts to increased temperatures. Sprinklers can also be activated if they are knocked by people working close to them.

Fog, Haze and other Atmospherics Visiting companies companies wanting to use smoke, fog haze etc are to seek permission from the theatre manager prior to bringing in or utilizing any smoke-creating devices or props




A week of stand-up comedy, poetry, music and more from the emerging artists of Sydney. 


Tuesday 19th - Come-Out Comedy 7.00 pm
Come-out with us on a night of emerging and established comedians from around Sydney sharing in a fun evening of queer, straight and everything-in-between comedy with Lauren Bonner, Zoe Sitaz, Zach Goldfinch + more

Wednesday 20th - Pop-Up Poets 7.00 pm
An opportunity for artists around Sydney to come share their stories or those of poets before them in a mixed bag of slam, beat, ballad, song and more.

Friday 22nd - Sound and Sense 7.00 pm
Sound and Sense takes us on a far-out expedition of the senses in this weird and wild concoction of experimental sensory over-ride. Check back for participating artists



Meet the man behind the bAKEHOUSE smash hit Visiting Hours as he delves into his doctors bag of tricks and reboots his classic lecture on the astonishing history of anaesthesia... and some very groovy drugs. Join bAKEHOUSE Co-Artistic Director John Harrison in this highly entertaining - and just a little bit bizzaro - tour of the curiosities, quacks and charlatans who made Anaesthesia what it is today. head up to level 4, buy a drink from the bar, and settle into an ornate velvet chair and a night of extreme hilarity

part Drunk History... part TED talk and BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

first staged as a part of the KXT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT series in September 2018

“Thoroughly engrossing, and altogether everything that an evening with a difference should be … You must absolutely do it again. Such a joy!”



The Popupstairs program is an innovative use of space. Partnering with KX Hotel to share the use of the Bordello room KXT has installed a simple lighting rig, set up seating for 60, and opened the doors to Sydney’s indie mavericks.


We’re offering space, some online promotion and in-room support. The room is a multi-use venue which means that Popupstairs will operate off a fringe model suitable for short seasons of new or experimental work, on selected dates throughout the year.


  • The majority of seasons will run for one week only.

  • Each year the season will include 2 or 3 featured shows that will run over 2 weeks.

  • Venue is available to hirers from Sunday midday to Saturday midnight.

  • the hotel runs live music in Level 4 on Thursday nights, so you are unable to use the space on Thursday. This means your set will need to be bumped out after your Wednesday night performance, and bumped back in on Friday morning

  • There may likely be some noise spill from other events on Friday and Saturday evening, which means you may need to run unorthodox show times

  • Hours of Access from 10am – midnight weeknights; and midday – midnight on Sundays

  • Performance start time 7pm. Popupstairs is not suitable for a show requiring an interval.

  • Your show will be promoted as part of the KXT Popupstairs program on KXT social media and website and will be included in our regular eNews.  

  • Weekly cost $500 venue hire + $200 bond, refunded following successful bump out

  • The Bordello Room seats 60

  • As with KXT: Popupstairs is a venue hire only arrangement and bakehouse takes no share of your box office. This means you will need to run your box office and provide FOH personnel

  • KXT has installed a new lighting rig.

  • Due to the limits of the power sources in KX Hotel it is not possible to bring in additional lighting fixtures.

  • The room has operational speakers, subs and a mini mixer.

  • There will be a bar operating 30 mins prior to your show and 30 mins following your show close. No bar split.

  • Site visits will be arranged as needed. Please remember that KXT is unfunded and unstaffed so this will need to be organised around team availability

POPUPSTAIRS: an uncurated space for high risk work in a low risk lo-tech environment, managed and overseen by bAKEHOUSE prod manager Andrew McMartin and KXT prod assist Charlie Vaux

a place where audiences can expect to see the unexpected.

e: info@kingsxtheatre.com for any queries



In 2019 we are able to announce an exciting new program - POPUPSTAIRS. Throughout the year level 4 of the KX hotel will be operating as a part - time theatre: a new space for audacious, bold, ambitious and adventurous new work, and new ideas for old work. A home for high risk work delivered in a low risk, low budget environment.

Sydney’s indie theatre scene punches above its weight, regularly delivering more bang for your buck with passion, favours, beers and a mountain of low budget brilliance. But as the bar is lifted - as the quality of work matches and at times exceeds the main stage output - we are at risk of losing risk.


Working with the support of the KX hotel we’re keeping things open and accessible to the newest of the new. Throughout 2019 we’re asking you to POPUPSTAIRS to the Bordello room: an uncurated space for high risk work in a low risk lo-tech environment, managed and overseen by bAKEHOUSE prod manager Andrew McMartin and KXT prod assist Charlie Vaux

a place where audiences can expect to see the unexpected.

KXT Popupstairs 2019 featured shows…


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written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder || Translated by Denis Calandra

Directed by Saro Luxty-Cavallari Produced by Imogen Gardam

With Alex Chalwell, Jack Crumlin, Jemwel Danao, Deng Deng, Laura Djanegara, Deborah Galanos, Alice Keohavong, Emma Kew, Brendan Miles, Annie Stafford

Phoebe Zeitgeist has been sent to the earth from a distant star to write an eyewitness account of human democracy. But Phoebe Zeitgeist has a difficulty: although she has learned the words, she doesn’t understand human language.

Variations on the phrase ‘brutal satire of the middle class’ gets thrown around a lot but Fassbinder’s 1971 masterpiece takes the cake for absurdity and unrestrained venom. Seen through the eyes of the alien Phoebe Zeitgeist, Fassbinder weaves a tapestry of petty nastiness, jealousy, insecurity, bullying and domination as an ever-shifting cast of characters move closer towards Phoebe’s orbit and their own bloody fate. Hilarious and horrifying, Blood On The Cat’s Neck is a vibrant reminder of why the German rebel remains one of the most unique and revolutionary voices in theatre history.

Presented by Montague Basement | Costume design Grace Deacon Lighting Design Sophie Pekbilimli



Hang onto your visor! In the site-specific, participatory experience that is nomnomnom, you will take to the mean streets of Kings Cross on your food delivery job trial. You will field calls from furious customers, deliver food to real houses and experience customer service like never before! With the trusty guidance of your perky Team Leader Trevor, your task is to complete two home deliveries as a group before your shift ends. But as one customer pulls you into her house, you discover the job’s not just about cheesy crust pizzas or spaghetti carbonara with a Coke Zero… it's about connection.

And some connections have the potential to change a customer or staff member's life forever.

Conceived, written & directed by Roshelle Fong
Featuring Gabrielle Chan, Roshelle Fong, Seaton Kay-Smith, Daniel Last and Jeeves Verma

nomnomnom won the Melbourne Fringe 2018 award for Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice and has since been adapted in East Iceland and at Testing Grounds in Melbourne, supported by City of Melbourne and Australia Council for the Arts. It will also be adapted in Shanghai, supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, later in the year.  


After their sold out production of 12 Angry Men at The Old 505, Rudy & Cuthbert - after reading reviews - have agreed that they have chemistry. Having waited a year in a storage unit for a call from The Edinburgh Fringe without anything but three really long conversations about their internet speed, they decided to pull up their socks, dust off their singlets, and head back out into the Sydney Theatre Scene. 

With their new show at KXT Popupstairs, Rudy & Cuthbert will express themselves the only way they know how: with an hour of gritty drama.

Journey with Rudy & Cuthbert as they try and forge a solid life for themselves with no skills, intelligence, or coordination. As they try and tell a story without forgetting how it goes.

Devised & Performed by Toby Blome and Zelman Cressey-Gladwin


What happens if we never stop eating? Where have all the animals gone? And just how hot is it going to get? Fear not, friends. UBU will tell you. Dragging themselves screeching into 2019 with their meaty fists, Ma and Pa Ubu will stop at nothing to reach the top. Power is what they want, and all the food, sex and money is just gravy.

The cream of Sydney’s comedy crop launch themselves headfirst into this new interpretation of the UBU mythos. Frantic, apocalyptic and unapologetically obscene, this is a theatre experience you’ll have to see to believe. Unless the seas consume us earlier than predicted.

Also, there will be puppets. Because everything’s better with puppets.

Directed by Richard Hilliar; Producer Nicole Wineberg; Production Design Courtney Westbrook; Lighting Design Benjamin Brockman; Sound Design Tegan Nicholls

Featuring Gabriel Fancourt


Enter an abandoned Tiki Bar and discover a world of paranormal mystery, teenage melodrama, and 1960s dance numbers. This is the fun and frightening world of Surf Seance, An Occult Magick Beach Party at Cuttlefish Cove.

One year ago, Shawn (the town’s most popular teenage surfer) mysteriously disappeared. Presumed dead, his fellow teeny-bopper surfer dudes and dudettes are going to hold a seance (and weenie-roast!) to try to find out what really happened. Was he murdered by Burton, his jealous best friend? Peggy thinks it was aliens! Or maybe it was BONGO JOHNNY?

Equal parts silly and spooky, Surf Seance is an interactive performance parody of 1960s teen surfer films. Directed by Rachel Kerry and designed by Brianna Russell, audience members will interact with an oddball collection of characters, gather clues, and witness plot twists until the final climactic reveal of what really happened at Cuttlefish Cove.

Conceived, written & directed by Rachel Kerry; Production Design Brianna Russell; Choreography Harrison Sweeney