part Drunk History... part TED talk

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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


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 … a shame it was only for one night! You must absolutely do it again. Such a joy!”


JOHN HARRISON  John is Co-Artistic Director of bAKEHOUSE. Directing credits include the original Visiting Hours for bAKEHOUSE and Vivid Sydney in 2016 and the follow up extended and improved Visiting Hours in 2018; Great Expectations (ATYP Under The Wharf); and in 2014 he directed the development showing of His Dark Materials. Producing credits include Jatinga, The Laden Table and Black Jesus (KXT - Kings Cross Theatre); The Ishmael Club (Old Fitz); His Mother’s Voice (ATYP Selects); the StoryLines Festivals in 2009 and 2012; Metamorphoses (bAKEHOUSE & Apocalypse at PACT).



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 50, 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 Thursday midnight.

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

  • Performance start time 8pm. 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 50 + standing room

  • KXT is currently in the process of installing a new lighting rig, and the Bordello Room will be set up with a fully functioning standard rig. Further updates available in Jan 2019. .

  • 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

Click on the link for a closer look *check back for updated pics of the rig

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…


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.

Directed by Saro Lusty-Cavallari; Producer Imogen Gardam


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 Francesca Waters, Nick Baldas


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