Independent Theatre

THE OTHER SIDE OF 25. PART OF OLD 505’S FRESHWORKS SEASON.

THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 is part of Old 505 Theatre’s FRESHWORKS season.

The new one-and-a-half woman show!  Stand-up comedian Becca Hurd is bringing her new one-woman-show to The Old 505 Theatre in Newtown. Featuring original music and an original story, THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 is hysterical and heartfelt play is written and performed by Becca Hurd.

THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 tells the story of Amory, who, despite her best instincts, reluctantly agrees to become the surrogate for her sister’s baby. But after her sister and brother in-law unexpectedly die in a car crash, Amory finds herself stuck, pregnant and on the other side of 25.

The production team behind THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 almost entirely made up of female-identifying artists, something that was very important to Becca Hurd. “I wanted to tell a female-centric story, that captured the humour and pressure of a woman in her twenties.

More than just a story about surrogacy, THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 examines the expectations placed on young women, exploring pregnancy, family dynamics, and what it means for a young woman to grow up. In an age where the ‘kidult’ is king, the play takes the audience on an uproarious journey through the experiences of a very feisty female.

THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 plays 5-9 February as part of Old 505 Theatre’s FRESHWORKS season.   Tickets here.

IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW I LOVE YOU – GIVEAWAY

Photography by Jasmin Simmons

IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW I LOVE YOU is an Australian premier, presented by Green Door Theatre Company in association with KXT bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company.

On a night of drug-fuelled robbery, two young men find themselves hiding out on a rooftop in small town Ireland. As they wait out the police guard, a quiet tragedy unfolds of those left behind by a nation’s jagged progress. They’re also in love. Mikey & Casey both carry the scars of their separate but similarly troubled backgrounds in this complicated play of ideas, a caustic character piece exploring love, identity and illegal substances. Continue reading IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW I LOVE YOU – GIVEAWAY

A WESTERNER’S GUIDE TO THE OPIUM WARS: SHORT SEASON AT KXT

This image: A Westerner’s Guide to the Opium Wars. Photo – Maddy Picard Featured image: Photo – Clare Hawley

A WESTERNER’S GUIDE TO THE OPIUM WARS is genealogy like you’ve never seen it before.

Tabitha Woo was born in Australia. Her dad wasn’t, but that’s just the end of the story. A Westerner’s Guide to the Opium Wars takes audiences as far back in Tabitha’s family tree as she knows: to the early 19th century and the First Opium War. With help from a sock puppet, Queen Victoria and a couple of Broadway showtunes, she tries to understand her cultural heritage.

Westerner’s Guide is a genre-hopping escapade of heartfelt memoir and biting historical comedy. Made by a team of second-generation Australians, it’s for anyone who has been asked “But where are you really from?” often enough to start asking themselves the same question.

A WESTERNER’S GUIDE TO THE OPIUM WARS from Thirty Five Square Theatre [Facebook] is playing at Kings Cross Theatre for three performances only, before heading to Perth’s The Blue Room Theatre for ‘Fringe World’ Festival.  10-12 January 2019, all shows 7:30pm

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT: NED-A NEW AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL

Plush Duck Productions is  bringing the NSW premiere of NED, a new Australian musical, to the New Theatre from December 18-22, 2018.

NED: A New Australian Musical
Music and Lyrics by Adam Lyon
Book by Anna Lyon & Marc McIntyre
By arrangement with David Spicer Productions

Commissioned for the opening of the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo in 2015, NED is set in rural Victoria in the late 1800s.  It charts the transformation of a local hero into an outlawed criminal into a national myth. When their mother Ellen Kelly is unjustly convicted of attempting to murder a policeman, brothers Ned and Dan and their two friends Joe and Steve flee to the bush to avoid their own arrest. They are quickly outlawed and villainised as the feared ‘Kelly Gang’, eventually taking a final, fatal stand against the police.

Continue reading AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT: NED-A NEW AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL

STORYTELLERS FESTIVAL: POPPING UP FROM NEXT WEEK

STORYTELLERS FESTIVAL at King’s Cross Theatre  is a 2-week pop-up celebration of playwrights and words.

It’s a showcase of unproduced plays and writing that has never been heard, and invites playwrights and industry to come together as a community. The Festival is curated by playwright Joanna Erskine, in association with Danny Ball and bAKEHOUSE Theatre. It runs 14-25 August with a program of new works including Spotlight full-length plays, House Lights curated evening of short works, and multi-playwright projects. Continue reading STORYTELLERS FESTIVAL: POPPING UP FROM NEXT WEEK

MY CARER @ HELLENIC ART THEATRE

Due to public demand, Walk Now Productions’ MY CARER by Sam Cosentino is set to return this July. My Carer is a story of two families: one, apparently privileged and successful, steeped in the law and music, but unsettled by estrangement and depression; the other, an immigrant family, without privilege or the successes their adopted society values. On the night before Christmas, could the path to healing be laid?

The play had a very good response when it was first performed:-

“A tale of compassion and hope, exquisitely written and performed.”
“An amazing production, inspiring and intense.”
“A reminder to share the best of ourselves and positively with everyone."
“So many messages on life’s different challenges and how we cope with them, but in the end what counts is hope, love acceptance and forgiveness.

MY CARER [Facebook Event] from Walk Now Productions [Facebook] will play at the Hellenic Art Theatre, Marrickville [Facebook] from 20-22 July.

Cast: Maria de Marco, Helen Kim and Jacob McLean
Writer/Director: Sam Cosentino
Composer: Anthony Kable
Producers: Sam Cosentino and Jenny Ward

A DOLLS HOUSE @ THE BONDI PAVILION

Bard On The Beach is very are proud of this production and stake the claim that the Company is presenting classical theatre the way it is meant to be: raw, traditional, honest and entertaining. Check it out for yourself and see if they have got it. There will be plenty of students coming through as this Ibsen classic is on this year’s HSC syllabus.

Bard on the Beach‘s [Facebook] production of A DOLLS HOUSE will play at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre, June 19th to June 23rd at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre.

ARTHUR & MARILYN: GIVEAWAYS TO A NEW AUSTRALIAN PLAY

 

ARTHUR AND MARILYN Photographed by The Regular Studio

Dinosaurus Productions presents the premiere of ARTHUR & MARILYN by Jasper Lee-Lindsay.

All these years later, everyone has their own version of Marilyn Monroe. But one man has claimed to have known her better than anyone else; her husband and famous playwright, Arthur Miller.

Arthur wants to share who Marilyn really was. But with the memories comes all the baggage, and Arthur may not be as in control of the story as he thought.

Jasper Lee-Lindsay’s debut play is an expansion of his award-winning short play of the same name, and takes a deeper look at the dispossession of identity, and how your story shapes you when you’re not the one telling it.

Contains coarse language and adult themes.
With Meg Hyeronimus and Alec Ebert
Director: Danen Young
Stage Manager: Emma Bradbury
Designer: Lyndal Tuckey

Dinosaurus Productions[Facebook] presents ARTHUR & MARILYN [Facebook Event] May 29th – June 2nd at Blood Moon Theatre [Facebook]. Tickets available at TryBooking.

With thanks to the producers , Sydney Arts Guide has 5 double passes to give away to ARTHUR & MARILYN either Wednesday May 30 or Thursday May 31st.  
To be in the running to win one of the double passes,
email(editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) with THE MILLERS as the subject and please indicate your preferred date. Competition closes COB Friday 25th May, 2018.  Only winners will be notified.

The Carousel: Part of KXT Step Up Festival

Photos: Felicity Tchorlian

A deadline.  A pet spider.  A bucket list budget.

THE CAROUSEL will play at the Kings Cross Theatre as part of the KXT Step Up Festival.  THE CAROUSEL is a new Australian play that explores the limits of unconditional love between sisters.

Christa and Jamie (Alex Francis and Tasha O’Brien) are sisters. Together they are embarking upon the treacherous transition between girlhood and womanhood. As girls they learn about the horrors of life, and as young women they inevitably start to live them. Christa wants Jamie to start living, Jamie refuses to leave the house. Continue reading The Carousel: Part of KXT Step Up Festival

IT’S A SCAM AND YOU ARE INVITED.

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM – OPENING NIGHT  is a satire on art practice.   “It’s opening night at the Sydney Contemporary Art Museum and things are not going well.”  A play about modern art, love and elephant dung… and suicidal Santas!   And we have 10 double tickets to give away to the real opening night. Continue reading IT’S A SCAM AND YOU ARE INVITED.

ALISON’S HOUSE: PULITZER WINNING PLAY FOR DEPOT THEATRE

Image by Clare Hawley

Inspired by the life and work of the American poet Emily Dickinson, ALISON’S HOUSE by Susan Glaspell is a (lost) American classic and Pulitzer Prize winner. Motivated by a desire to bring iconic, but neglected plays written by women into contemporary consciousness, ALISON’S HOUSE is an integral part of The Depot Theatre’s 2018 Season. Continue reading ALISON’S HOUSE: PULITZER WINNING PLAY FOR DEPOT THEATRE