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MAGGOT is funny, silly, full of energy and definitely worth catching.

Performers Angela Fouhy, Elle Wootton and Freya Finch are playing characters that were ostensibly  the international pop sensation The Baby Girls. They explain they are moving away from pop and into art, possibly to talk about the stock market but possibly to talk about themselves. MAGGOT is part comedy sketch show, part musical cabaret and part circus. The artists’ clowning background shows in their dance routines, fight scenes and being lost in the desert but surreal dialogue and eclectic music choices has the audience laughing, cheering and clapping. It is such a fun show that the audience eagerly participates when requested. Continue reading MAGGOT AT THE SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL


JACK DATA is a light play about a dark subject.  Funny in places with thought provoking moments, it is a new Australian work with a welcome Aussie openness about the pressures on young women to match and hatch.  The show is playing as part of the FRESHWORKS program at Old 505 Theatre, Newtown, a program which supports new Australian writing and performance. Continue reading JACK DATA: FRESHWORKS SEASON AT OLD 505


FRESHWORKS short, sharp season of experimental and new works returns for the fifth year  to Old 505 Theatre, Newtown.  FRESHWORKS provides experienced artists an opportunity to test out new ideas and young artists an opportunity to work with 505. This year  will present six one week seasons plus the new FRESHWORKSFEMME a season of feminist work, talks and readings by young theatre makers.

As part of the FRESHWORKS, Road Train Productions will present the Australian work JACK DATA. Continue reading FRESHWORKS BACK FOR 5TH YEAR: 1ST UP JACK DATA

I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep Than Some Other Son of a Bitch @ THE OLD 505


Above Sister Ursuline on the cello and performer Gerry Sont. Featured image performer Gerry Sont.

This intense, strange, challenging, at times, confronting but wild and wonderful production by Theatre Excentrique is the Australian premier of Garcia’s fast paced play that criticises and analyses society and its greedy norms and expectations. It is chance to see an example of Garcia’s powerful, political and at times violent , controversial and contentious style.

The premise of Garcia’s provocative play, here translated by William Gregory, is that, having withdrawn his life savings, a lone dissolute father who has reached rock bottom (played by Gerry Sont) has devised a master plan to educate his two young sons , so they ‘splash the cash’ in style doing something mad : after discussion with his sons ( who actually want to go to Disneyland Paris) he develops a plan – at night, to break into the Prado Museum to see Goya’s black paintings ( Los Caprichos) while eating chorizo, drinking scotch and sniffing coke.

As well, they fly in a trendy celebrity philosopher from Germany as their guide  to further improve their education. Much is made of the commercialism of Disneyland and there are great discussions about combating depression, economics, the meaning of life, economic versus emotional stability, the sacred versus the banal , our reason for existence and the power of love, all blurring the barriers of dreams and reality.

The title of the play is repeated several times as conversation and there is at times some strong language. Continue reading I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep Than Some Other Son of a Bitch @ THE OLD 505



After a critically acclaimed season in Adelaide, TRADE is back at the Old 505.

TRADE is a fast paced, irreverent piece of physical theatre that delves into the world of fictional Hedge Fund Delta 1. Hurrah Hurrah have been developing TRADE since an initial residency in late 2014. It has been performed as part of the Old 505 Theatre (Sydney) Freshworks season and in development at Site and Sound Festival (Sydney). Initially inspired by the fall of French rogue Trader Jerome Kevel, Hurrah Hurrah have pulled apart the elements of his enormous descent, and reformed it into an exploration of the complicity of us all in the world we live in.                     Continue reading TRADE

ALL THE DIFFERENCE @ Old 505 Theatre

Kathryn Schuback as Flik
Kathryn Schuback as Flik

In our older years, we sort of know most things about ourselves. I could tell you a lot of personal stuff if you asked me… and you held a psychiatrist’s licence. But last night I learned something new about my inner world. I’m a naysayer. I wouldn’t have thought that this is the case but there it is… Just hanging in the air of Old 505 theatre.

ALL THE DIFFERENCE is a play of choices. We meet Flik. Well. Felicity actually. The shortening of her name to make herself happy (get it?) enrages her mother. She’s young when we first meet her . She’s in a boat with her Dad. Dad time is precious. Continue reading ALL THE DIFFERENCE @ Old 505 Theatre

Dark Vanilla Jungle @ The Old 505 Theatre

Prosuction Stills
Production photography by Daina Marie Photography

Andrea is stung by a wasp in the neck and her mother tells her this is the wasp’s way of telling her she loves her. This is an early drama in Andrea’s life and one of many lies that Andrea is told by her mother, by other relatives, by her friends and by her lovers.

Andrea, played brilliantly by Claudia Barrie, tells her story in a harshly lit cell to the two cameras that constantly monitor her. We very quickly pick up that Andrea is an excellent storyteller. Continue reading Dark Vanilla Jungle @ The Old 505 Theatre

Two Peas Theatre Company presents David Mamet’s EDMOND @ Old 505 Theatre

Oleg Pupovac as Edmond and Naomi Livingstone as Glenna
Oleg Pupovac as Edmond and Naomi Livingstone as Glenna in Two Peas Theatre Company’s production of EDMOND

On their Facebook page, Two Peas, the production company behind EDMOND playing at Old 505 theatre, have called the Sydney independent theatre “you inconsistent thing you” and bemoan their current low ticket sales for the season. And they are right. You can build it but they still might not come. I am going to try encouraging you to go to this production, mainly because of what they have built.

The title character, Edmond has an unplanned encounter with a fortune teller who sees him as being in the wrong place. For some reason a series of inner workings begin to move inside him. He leaves his wife, ranges around the city in search of sex at the cheapest price, and assaults or kills almost everyone he meets. He is both driven and apathetic, and purposeful yet blown by circumstances. Edmond thinks that he is free because the middle aged businessman he was just up and left. Continue reading Two Peas Theatre Company presents David Mamet’s EDMOND @ Old 505 Theatre

Seeing Unseen @ The Old 505

Seeing Unseen-Inset

SEEING UNSEEN is a fascinating exploration of three days and nights in the lives of a trio of misfits who live primarily in their own world, and yet are also partly watching the outside world and also partly being watched  by it.

The unnamed woman, played by Kerri Glasscock, cannot face going into the world so she spends her days looking out the window and obsessively counting particular types of people and then panicking over their apparently growing numbers.

Her partner, an unnamed man, played by Michael Pigott, has his set routine as he leaves for work each morning to an unspecified job which then sees him returns in the evening.

Their unnamed protector, played by Michael Cullen, stays in the apartment observing them, taking notes and providing them with information and guidance on how to survive.

Created by Gareth Boylan, Michael Cullen, Kerri Glasscock and Michael Pigott this is the completed piece shown first as a work in progress last year.

The actors meld together wonderfully with some beautifully lyrical movement scenes between Glascock and Pigott.

The protector, awkward in his appearance, apparently has the answers for everything based on data, graphs and surveys. He seems to provide some sort of security in a chaotic world. Yet the half-forgotten past of the couple comes back as happy memories try to resurface.

Most effective use is made of the small space to provide areas both within the apartment and also scenes of memories from the past. Props are cleverly used, – a cut-out on an overhead projector creates a separate room. At another time a blue sheet transforms into a river.

This is a highly entertaining and inventive study of some big questions about life, relationships and contemporary society. There is great humour in the writing and clever interactions among the characters as the past and present, the world outside and the world of their thoughts, come together.

SEEING UNSEEN is playing until the 26th April at The Old 505 Theatre, Suite 505, 342 Elizabeth St Surry Hills. For further details contact Kerri Glascock at venue505@mac.co



JENNIFER FOREVER perfectly suits this great venue, and is an intense and thought-provoking exploration of the complexity of sins and of learned habits within two un-married lifestyles, with some emphasis on the man’s evil fixation on young women, and this despicable taboo that is bad and unforgivable.

Brilliantly executed piece of provocative new theatre (for mature audiences), tackles by gleeful confrontations between the Man and the Girl, what is unfortunately an all too common evil in our modern society, and whilst initially misleading, but in this surreal reality, everything is not quite what you are expecting. They both choose to enter into a predatorial fight, but who is prey and who is predator? Continue reading JENNIFER FOREVER

Bad Day Insurance

This little gem is a very original, rather absurd comedy, but with darker undertones of tragic lost love and a life spent ‘living in the past’.

The two actors Lisa Chappell as Esther, who also wrote the piece, and Sarah Hytner as Mavis, complement each other beautifully as two elderly characters trapped day and night in a futuristic call centre for Bad Day Insurance…waiting for ‘something’.

The play starts with a series of short calls by clients. The scenarios are extremely funny, and the audience can well relate to many of the injustices in life, plus there is some cruel advice given out as to how to avoid similar claims in future. Unlike most insurance companies the women go out of their way to ensure the client gets a payout for the unfortunate incidents, of their lives even if every claim receives the same payout. As they say to each client, “thank you for calling Bad Day Insurance where it pays to have a bad day.”

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