It take an army…

We have a bAKEHOUSE closing night tradition. A shout out to absent friends and unsung heroes. Cause it takes an army to put on a show. And it takes a world of people to run a theatre. We’ve had incredible support this year from a heap of people, and we couldn’t do it without every one of you! But we’d like to acknowledge a couple in particular, two people who have stepped up this year and filled some pretty big gaps.

Charlie Vaux stepped in as KXT PRODUCTION INTERN earlier in the year and he’s helped us at bump ins, bump outs, key handovers, inductions, FOH, opening nights… an abundance of tedious tasks that keep things ticking over. Then, as Stage Manager on Dresden he had his hands full going from the rehearsal room, to set build, operating,  and running the show. It was a baptism by fire (if you saw the show you’d appreciate that…!) and we couldn't have got the show on without him. He’ll be on occasional box office during the Storytellers Festival, if you see him say hi.

Rebecca Blake (Cub) is a member of the inaugural Step Up team. This year she stepped into the directors chair during the Step Up Festival, driving through an awesome development of Rotterdam by Jon Brittain, working with Ella Prince, Travis Jeffrey, Phoebe Lane and Bobby Jean Henning. We were excited to have her in as Assistant Director on our production of Dresden, after filling the AD role on the Brevity production of A Girl is Half Formed Thing

ANNOUNCING: Rebecca Blake is the KXT ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE. 

We're thrilled to have Rebecca join the KXT Management team. Many hands make light work, and there's a lot going on at KXT: in the short few days she's been at the job, we've already seen the benefits of the shared load. She’s a keyboard warrior, getting the work done after hours when she’s done with the day job as Festival Co-Ordinator for Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Cub’s on the way up and we’re super excited to have her on the team

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PRODUCTION BLOG

CURATED BY JOANNA ERSKINE, WITH THANKS TO DANNY BALL + KXTEETHCUTTING

CALL OUT FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST for KXT2019

at KXT, bAKEHOUSE is committed to providing an affordable and accessible venue. We’re invested in the sustainability of companies, artists and new work. We’re at the forefront of diverse programming, theatre for social change, and gender equity. We’re keeping the door open for new and emerging artists, and actively supporting and mentoring the next generation through our acclaimed STEP UP program

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We're keeping it super simple...

SEND us a short covering email telling us why this is the show you want to stage

ATTACH a single page doc with a brief overview of the show, why you reckon it should be part of the season, and details of your production and creative team, with any confirmed cast

AND a copy of the script PLUS evidence of the availability of rights INCLUDE 2 options for preferred dates ALSO your short, sexy 100-150 word marketing blurb for the show

Got an even bigger idea? No matter how ambitious or crazy, if it's something you're passionate about, we want to hear it!

      

EMAIL: SUBJECT LINE: KXT2019 EOI | TO: bakehousetheatrecompany@gmail.com

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE 5.00 pm 1 September 2018
 

so good to have this new venue doing consistently good work. It’s a glory: what can happen when artists take over a room and make it their own
— David Berthold

bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company launched KXT - Kings Cross Theatre at the end of 2015 to support Sydney’s indie theatre scene and the local arts community. We offer companies heaps of support and maximum autonomy. We’re investing in a sustainable ecology for indie theatre

  Visiting Hours photo credit: Clare Hawley

Visiting Hours photo credit: Clare Hawley

every KXT work in some way pushes forward the Sydney arts scene - its an opportunity for artists to experiment and create, and its a chance for the audience to see where our local performance culture is headed”
— Cassie Tongue, Time Out

 

 


GETTING THE JOB DONE

At KXT we are committed to showcasing diversity and building gender equity…

We’ve had a bunch of women-led teams at KXT over the past 2 and a half years. Today’s spotlight is on:

  PHOTO CREDIT: Indiana Kwong

PHOTO CREDIT: Indiana Kwong

A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING by Annie Ryan | Presented by Brevity Theatre

Performed by Ella Prince Directed by Erin Taylor
Produced by Emma Diaz Design by Isabel Hudson Sound by Clemmie Williams Lighting by Veronique Bennett Assistant Directed by Rebecca Blake

Jason Blake, Audrey Journal: "AN ABSOLUTE TOUR DE FORCE…A powerhouse performance pulls the audience into a young woman's turbulent stream of consciousness” 

 

Jatinga by Purva Naresh | Presented by bAKEHOUSE Theatre

This work was developed in association with AAWC, Mumbai-based NGO that works with the victims of sex-trafficking, and grew out of director Suzanne Millar’s work with the org to raise awareness around the global issues of modern day slavery. Developed in partnership with multiple Mubai-based theatre companies, included leading light RAGE Theatre, supported by Shernaz Patel, and inspired by the young women of Kamathipura.

Cast: Sapna Bhavnani, Karina Bracken, Claudette Clarke, Faezeh Jalali, Sheila Kumar, Suz Mawer, Bali Padda, Monroe Reimers, Trishala Sharma, Teresa Tate Britten, Amrik Tumber. 

  PHOTO CREDIT: Natasha Narula

PHOTO CREDIT: Natasha Narula

“Epic” SMH

“Haunting... visionary... Modern and mythical India, alive in Kings Cross. Amazing.” Kevin Jackson

“For one of our smallest companies to reach out so far beyond themselves to make a difference in the world is remarkable” Cassie Tongue, Time Out

 

Transcience by Clare Hennessey | presented by Left of Centre

Director Clemence Williams; Producer Georgie Adamson; With Kurt Pimblett, Julia Christensen and Eve Beck.

  PHOTO CREDIT: Liam O'Keefe

PHOTO CREDIT: Liam O'Keefe

Back in September 2016, Clemmie Williams led a powerhouse team on a new play from Left of Centre: a story of gender, friendship and chambray jumpsuits, that asks what and who we're willing to compromise to belong. What would Manu do?

And of course… Invisible Circus, a wonderful month with the women destroying the joint; showcasing the work of women who are getting the job done

  CLICK HERE FOR MORE

CLICK HERE FOR MORE

answers the recent question of “Where are the women in theatre?” with a firm and confident “Here we are.” This production is a bright shining example of women who have been, and continue to, work in theatre and can create in a non-tokenistic way.
— TALKING ARTS

GETTING THE JOB DONE

This is an important article. ABC NEWS: Australian show business has a problem: Where are all the women at the top?

So far this year shows at KXT2018 have been directed by: Erin Taylor, Kim Hardwick, Suzanne Millar, Claudia Barrie, Hannah Goodwin, Sarah Hadley Kerith Manderson-Galvin, Eve Beck. Still to come: Lucy Clements; Jessica Arthur; Carissa Licciardello

KXT2016 in our first year, we co-curated the Invisible Circus, a month-long celebration of the work of women. Featuring a mainstage program of work directed by Priscilla Jackman, Kate Gaul, and Cathy Hunt, with added sideshows from Suzanne Millar (the development of The Laden Table, Jatinga and Freefalling) + art exhibitions, music events, and panel discussions. 

...answers the recent question of “Where are the women in theatre?” with a firm and confident “Here we are

...This production is a bright shining example of women who have been, and continue to, work in theatre and can create in a non-tokenistic way."  ~ Fiona Hallenan-Barker

 

In 2017 Siren’s Good With Maps went on to Edinburgh Fringe Festival; and Kate Gaul was nominated for Best Director at the Sydney Theatre Awards

At KXT we are committed to showcasing diversity, creating gender equity and providing opportunity and support for new work, new artists and new companies. We curate programs that are inclusive, and work to keep KXT affordable and accessible. By providing a well-resourced, supported, and subsidised venue bAKEHOUSE aims to invest in the ecology of the arts, assisting companies towards sustainability. 

GETTING THE JOB DONE

HELP US get the job done... bAKEHOUSE is committed to new voices and big ideas, investing in the future generation of artists and their work…

Elijah Williams was nominated for best new talent in the 2016 Sydney Theatre Awards for his role in BLACK JESUS by Anders Lustgarten (KXT2016); winner GLUG award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer 2016 “A visceral and frighteningly passionate presence...” Kevin Jackson
 

We've been working with Joshua McElroy for a while now (A Land Beyond the River by Justin Fleming, Storylines Festival at NIDA & TRS 2012; Two Chairs Crack X Festival 2013; Visiting Hours at Kings Cross Hotel 2017 & 2016) nominated for GLUG award Most Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer 2017 “the stand out performer was Joshua McElroy…electric” Australian Theatre for Young People (atyp) presents Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

the incredible Trishala Sharma worked with us on Invisible Circus in 2016 and then in Jatinga 2017 “a notable stage debut” Jason Blake, The Sydney Morning Herald (she's currently off stage studying medicine...)

With your help, we can continue to invest in Sydney’s arts landscape with time, resources, and support in a way that will provide sustainability for artists and companies, and invest in the future generation of artists and their work.

GETTING THE JOB DONE

We’re committed to providing opportunity and support to some of Sydney’s most exciting emerging artists. 

++This year alone, the Step Up program has been the launching pad for 3 new companies: James Raggatt’s Manifesto Theatre; Bardiya McKinnon’s Last One Standing and Pip and Han Inc, the home of Hannah Goodwin & Pippa Ellams

++ March this year saw the inaugural STEP UP festival: a feast of development, new work and short sharp seasons, and featuring the launch of Jessica Adie’s initiative UPSTART

++ our Step Up team is small but mighty Read all about them HERE

With your support, we can continue to invest in Sydney’s arts landscape with time, resources, and support in a way that will provide sustainability for artists and companies, and invest in the future generation of artists and their work.

GETTING THE JOB DONE

At KXT we are committed to showcasing diversity, creating gender equity and providing opportunity and support for new work, new artists and new companies…


In 2016 we were thrilled to host Montague Basement at KXT as they began to build an exciting body of work: Kaleidescope by Charles O’Grady MORE HERE

In 2017 they backed up with Before Lysistrata by Ellana Costa MORE HERE

This year they’ve gone interstate with the upcoming Threepenny Opera at Melbourne’s The Butterfly Club. Shout out to gun producer Imogen Gardam who makes things happen

We first met Rebecca Blake in 2017 when she was a part of the creative team on the following KXT shows: She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange by Amelia Roper MORE HERE

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Annie Ryan MORE HERE

Rotterdam by Jon Brittain in development as part of Step Up Festival MORE HERE

This year Rebecca was AD on the recent sold out season of the bAKEHOUSE production of DRESDEN by Justin Fleming MORE HERE

Rebecca is the KXT Artistic Intern. And her latest role is as the Festival Co-ordinator for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas


After staging the enormously successful The Carousel at KXT in March as part of the STEP UP festival (we know it was successful cause it SOLD OUT on Good Friday…) Hannah Goodwin jumped onto DRESDEN as rehearsal assistant. She formed Pip and Han Inc with writing partner Pippa Ellams, and the team can next be seen at Bondi Feast with the first staging of the Sorry Mum Project. Hannah will step into the KXT artistic internship later in the year. We reckon you should watch out for this quiet dynamo

   

With your help, we can continue to invest in Sydney’s arts landscape with time, resources, and support in a way that will provide sustainability for artists and companies, and invest in the future generation of artists and their work…

 

JATINGA by Purva Naresh | Presented by bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company

June 2017 at KXT – Kings Cross Theatre

SEASON SOLD OUT 110% ATTENDANCE

JATINGA is a bAKEHOUSE commission, a part of a broader project of arts and social justice in Kamathipura, Mumbai. It has grown out of workshops and developments that Suzanne Millar has been running in Mumbai since 2014. The play was initially written in Hindi by Purva Naresh, and developed by bAKEHOUSE in Mumbai during multiple visits and workshops 2015 – 2016. bAKEHOUSE worked with our Indian-Australian cast and our company dramaturg in Sydney 2016 – 2017 to arrive at the final English translation. Our season at KXT is the world premiere. bAKEHOUSE retains production rights to this show.

JATINGA is a women-led project : 

Developed and directed Suzanne Millar; written by Purva Naresh; chapionedby Shernaz Patel & Yael Crishna; partnering with award-winning NGO AAWC, working with the women of KAMATHIPURA. Inspired by the lives and stories of the girls at AAWC

 

JATINGA is a diverse project

Cast of 11 (includes puppet operator) featuring 9 Australian actors of diverse background: 7 Indian; 1 Filipino; 1 Caribbean. Cast includes 2 actors from Mumbai, both women and members of the originating cast in Kamshet 2014. 8 women & 3 men, age range from 18 - 65

AUDIENCE: bAKEHOUSE diverse work ordinarily generates approx. 10% audience from community of origin. Statistics for JATINGA indicate that this pick up was approx. 40%

 

JATINGA is theatre to provoke social change

Initiated in partnership with AAWC to create international awareness of the issue of human trafficking, the circumstances of the girls’ lives and the condition the centre operates under

Generated income from an Australian philanthropist to fund an additional night shelter in Kamathipura to care for the most vulnerable girls

Facilitated the establishment of a vocational training centre for hair salons to provide women with an alternative pathway: 5 women now left the brothels and working in salons outside the area

Early stage development of a project to support senior girls through final years of high schooling, vocational or tertiary training and first year of work to transform their lives

Establishment of an arts program: Weekly drama sessions facilitated by Clowns Without Borders; Twice weekly music lessons facilitated by Brett Lee Mewsic program; Weekly visual arts training and practice

 

JATINGA is an international program

bACE: a cultural and artistic exchange, connecting artists from Sydney & Mumbai, facilitating ongoing international partnership. to date: 4 Sydney based artists funded in Mumbai; 4 Mumbai based artists funded in Sydney; Planning for an annual scholarship for 2 young artists from each city to travel, work and meet with artists. 

 

JATINGA is a successful and powerful piece of theatre:

Cassie Tongue, Time Out: "an irresistible blend of music, movement, puppetry and arresting performances...for one of our smallest companies to reach out so far beyond themselves to make a difference the world is remarkable...the play is compelling and so is its reach...  CONTINUE

Kevin Jackson: "Modern and mythical India, alive in Kings Cross. Amazing. Do go... CLICK HERE FOR MORE 

Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald: "Spanning the gulf between India's privileged and poor and crowded with characters, Jatinga is an involving work of storytelling, propelled by intrigue, incident, and the portentous image of birds flocking to their doom....Director Suzanne Millar's bAKEHOUSE Theatre production is vividly realised with elements of dance, unison movement and puppetry to the fore... CONTINUE

Developed and Directed by Suzanne Millar

Dramaturg & Producer John Harrison Assistant Director Michael Dean Production Advisor Namita Khatu Set Design Suzanne Millar & John Harrison Lighting Design Benjamin Brockman Sound Design Nate Edmondson Puppet Maker Aleisha Jelbert

Stage Manager Andrew McMartin Photographer Natasha Narula Film Byron Smith

With Sapna Bhavnani, Faezeh Jalali, Suz Mawer, Monroe Reimers, Trishala Sharma, Teresa Tate Britten, Karina Bracken, Jarrod Crellin, Amrik Tumber, Bali Padda, Sheila Kumar, Claudette Clark.

The Sydney 2017 season of JATINGA was supported by: SBW Foundation; LBW Trust; Education and Learning Foundation; Jaipur Asset Management; SG Collections; Solotel & Kings Cross Hotel   

bAEHOUSE has been invited to present JATINGA at NCPA (National Centre of Performing Arts, Mumbai) as part of the prestigious Centre Stage Festival of New Work

we are currently exploring funding support for this season

bAKEHOUSE + JUSTIN FLEMING

The first bAKEHOUSE production was June 2008. 10 years ago, almost to the day, from first performances of DRESDEN. That was a play co-written by Justin Fleming with Melvyn Morrow, directed by Suzanne Millar, with a season at Seymour Centre and a cast that included Ben Wood. Suzanne and Justin have gone on to work together on another 4 productions

Our season of DRESDEN is a celebration of collaboration.

and here’s a cool little interview with Justin from 2008...  "This week, Justin talks with us under our one big umbrella and tells us why Suzanne Millar and Dean Paul Gibson are some of the coolest directors on the planet; why he swiftly turned down a suggestion to collaborate on an OJ Simpson Musical; why he would never write a play about his life, but if there were to be one written about him, it would have dashes of romance, tragedy and “pearls of comedy”; and things that inspire him..." One Big Umbrella READ MORE 

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2008: her holiness by Justin Fleming & Melvyn Morrow | Dir: Suzanne Millar

With: Bernadette Ryan, James Lugton, Alan Dearth, Alisa Hawkins, Ben Wood, Cat Martin, Megan Thomas, Katherine Shearer, Tony Stock, Matt Tredinnick

‘…beautifully produced, directed and acted…nothing short of breathtaking. Suzanne Millar’s production of her holiness is Australian work at it’s finest.’ Bev Kennedy, Arts Hub

2009: A Land Beyond the River by Justin Fleming | a bAKEHOUSE commission, a part of StoryLines

Dir: Suzanne Millar With: Elijah Williams, Alex Jalloh, Kir Deng, Andrew Cutcliffe, Harry Flitcroft, Jarrod Crellin

‘…in A Land Beyond the River this exceedingly talented troupe of Aboriginal, African, Asian and Caucasian actors are almost inseparably and insuperably good in their respective roles…" Crikey

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2011: Coup d'Etat by Justin Fleming | at NIDA, transferring to Seymour Centre

Dir: Suzanne Millar With: Renee Lim, Felino Dolloso, Shingo Usami, Donald Sword, Cat Martin

‘…a fascinating, absorbing play that combines sweeping politics with a powerful human drama…capturing both the epic nature of the political background and the intimate personal relationships…’ Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph

2012: StoryLines Festival, launched at NIDA then transferring to Bondi Pavilion, a part of the Tamarama Rock Surfers season

Junction by Justin Fleming | Dir: Suzanne Millar With: Guy Simon & Stacey Duckworth

deals with Aboriginal ideas about time, memory, ancestral spirits and respect with profound subtlety and panache…’ Lloyd Bradford Syke

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A Land Beyond the River by Justin Fleming | Dir: Suzanne Millar With: Aileen Huynh, Andrew Cutcliffe, Elijah Williams, Jasmin Simmons, Cheyne Fynn, Kir Deng, Andrew Cutcliffe, Guy Simon, Joshua McElroy

‘A beautiful thing to watch, a perfect example of a director in tune with a writer’s vision, and dedicated cast, perfectly on point to deliver on that expectation…’ Lisa Thatcher

Coup d'Etat by Justin Fleming | Dir: Suzanne Millar With: Monroe Reimers, Shingo Usami, Renee Lim, Donald Sword, Cat Martin

‘…this fine production, directed by Suzanne Millar, is textured, rich and immediate...bright, fast-paced and colourful" Benjamin Neutze, Aussie Theatre

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2014: His Mother's Voice by Justin Fleming, ATYP Selects | Dir: Suzanne Millar With: Alice Keohavong; Angela Tran; Arisa Yura; Dannielle Jackson; Felino Dolloso; Harry Tseng; Isaiah Powell; John Gomez Goodway; Jonathan Surjadi; Michael Gooley; Monica Sayers; Renee Lim

"Entrancing. A work of substance and resonance..."  Deborah Jones, The Australian

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Catch up on the last  (first) 10 years of bAKEHOUSE OVER HERE