bAKEHOUSE and NEW WORK
Another remarkable year, with KXT presenting more 4-star reviewed shows than any other independent venue, and two SOLD OUT seasons. KXT hosted 12 women directors; 10 women producers; 8 shows designed by women; 8 plays written by women. Our support of new work was taken to another level with the Storytellers Festival, which featured the first staging of 3 full length plays & pieces from 26 other new works, including 14 women playwrights and 13 women directors and with 69 actors participating. It was the year of our first Step Up Festival. In addition, work at KXT in 2018 included 42 actors from non-anglo backgrounds.
CELEBRATING THE WORK OF WOMEN
Erin Taylor (A Girl is A Half Formed Thing) ★★★★ Audrey Journal
Kim Hardwick (The Walworth Farce) ★★★★ Audrey Journal ★★★★ Sunday Telegraph
Suzanne Millar (Dresden) ★★★★ Sydney Arts Guide
Claudia Barrie (You Got Older) ★★★★ Audrey Journal ★★★★ SMH ★★★★ Sunday Telegraph
Lucy Clements (Yen) ★★★★ Audrey Journal ★★★★ Arts Hub ★★★★ Sydney Arts Guide
DRESDEN “Exhilaratingly theatrical... stirring, enthralling and surprisingly funny.” Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise
A world premiere by acclaimed Australian writer Justin Fleming, the play was another critically acclaimed sold-out season for bAKEHOUSE. Featuring a cast of some of Australia’s finest actors, and a brilliant design team, Dresden cemented the reputation of bAKEHOUSE and KXT as a home for audacious, global theatre on a grand scale. The production featured on the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best-of-the-Year list.
YEN “It is very gripping drama, and under the astute direction of Lucy Clements, entertaining and immensely involving. Clements has us breathless for the show’s two-hour entirety…” Suzy Wrong, suzygoessee
One of several emerging companies offered a season in KXT2018, New Ghosts staging of Yen was delivered in spectacular fashion, with outstanding reviews and audience response. This was the company’s first fully produced play, and the mentoring and support provided by KXT and bAKEHOUSE enabled the team to present their work in its best possible light and its success is the embodiment of the KXT / bAKEHOUSE philosophy. The production was mentioned in the Best-of-the Year list of Suzy Wrong and Kevin Jackson.
The 2017 season established KXT as one of the most exciting venues in Sydney, and a national leader in programming, with a strong commitment to emerging artists, gender parity, experimental work and culturally diverse work. KXT hosted - 15 plays; 2 festivals; 4 world premieres; 9 Australian premieres; 8 female directors; 14 female writers; 4 script developments; 6 female producing teams; 3 major diverse projects; 2 international co-productions.
THE LADEN TABLE “One of the most ambitious and logistically complex efforts you’ll see in an independent theatre this year.” Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
This was a hugely successful venture artistically and financially. The play was hailed as a new Australian classic with rave reviews, industry buzz and sold-out houses. Twelve artists from culturally diverse backgrounds were present on stage and – rarely for such a big cast in independent theatre - all artists were paid a fee for their service. The Laden Table appeared on the Best-of the-Year lists of leading Sydney reviewers Suzy Wrong and Kevin Jackson.
JATINGA “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 in the world is remarkable. One of the most ambitious companies in the country.” Cassie Tongue, Time Out
Another hugely successful culturally diverse production both artistically and financially. A brilliant new Australian-Indian collaboration - the result of an international artistic exchange, developed over 4 years and resulting in rave reviews and another sold-out season. Eleven artists from different cultural backgrounds appeared on stage. The production featured in the best-of-the-year lists of leading reviewers Jason Blake, Cassie Tongue and Kevin Jackson.
DRY LAND “It may well be that this production is remembered for its shock value and the visceral reaction it pulls from its audience members. It’s significant and rare. But it’s also a play that’s worth much more than that, and one that paints a picture of young women’s lives rarely seen on stages.” Ben Neutze, The Daily Review
Another critically acclaimed, sold out season. Dry Land became the show to see in Sydney after an audience member fainted on opening night, and on the back of brilliant direction and performances garnered 8 nominations at the Sydney Theatre Awards, including Best Independent Production, Best Director, and Best Actress – with Sarah Meacham (first seen in bAKEHOUSE’s The Laden Table) going on to win Best Actress.
In 2016, our first full year of operation, KXT hosted 17 female producers 11 female directors; 10 female writers. Our season included 9 World premieres, 6 Australian premieres, 17 female producers, 11 female directors, 10 female writers.
BLACK JESUS “It’s the type of production that’s rarely seen here and it certainly shouldn’t be missed.” Alana Kaye, Theatre Now
The first African story seen on a Sydney stage in over 10 years, with 4 African-Australian actors in the cast. Hugely successful artistically and critically, and established early that KXT was a venue where risky, diverse work would be programmed. Elijah Williams was nominated Best Newcomer at the Sydney Theatre Awards, and went on to appear in multiple Sport for Jove productions.
STRAIGHT “Endearing and laugh-out-loud funny.” Matthew Raven, The Buzz
This was a high-profile team bringing a hard-hitting comedy to KXT. This project gave the industry confidence in the venue and brought the theatre from a “fringe” venue into the top rank of independent theatres. The season was an artistic and commercial success – the first sold-out season at KXT.
VISITING HOURS ★★★★ Hugely successful artistically and financially. Another sold-out season with queues in the street waiting for last minute tickets and tickets being auctioned on-line!
THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS
A huge Festival celebrating the work of women, with 4 of Sydney’s leading female directors tackling new Australian work by women with all-female design teams. Three fully produced plays played in rep across the 3-week festival, plus another three plays in development by bAKEHOUSE Co-Artistic Director Suzanne Millar. In addition, an art exhibit displayed the work of over 5 female artists for the duration of the Festival. Good With Maps earned Kate Gaul a Best Director nomination at the Sydney Theatre Awards, was invited to perform at Edinburgh Fringe, and is currently on a national tour. The Laden Table and Jatinga – both developed by bAKEHOUSE during the Invisible Circus – went on to highly successful fully produced seasons as part of the KXT 2017 season.
WE ARE bAKEHOUSE … bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company at KXT is a not-for-profit independent theatre company based in Sydney, producing work that showcases new voices. We provide opportunities and mentoring to young and emerging actors, writers, directors and designers, with a special focus on showcasing the talents of artists from diverse cultural backgrounds
KXT, A SPACE FOR ARTISTS… We took the blueprint. And we shredded it. KXT is intimate enough to truly connect with artists and grand enough to put the world on stage. At KXT we can make a major commitment to telling the global and cultural stories we want to tell, we can provide more opportunities to our artistic community, and through our Step Up and Popupstairs programs we are now able to extend these opportunities to many more artists. At KXT we're giving artists the chance to grow and flourish. We provide the resources that help to make their work beautiful, we give them time to develop and polish, we make it easier for them to meet the financial bottom line. We are a truly sustainable theatre.
WE PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES… We hothouse young talent. As our name suggests, the purpose of bAKEHOUSE and KXT is to provide an environment in which talent can not only grow, but flourish and be transformed through the process. Being part of a KXT production allows artists to stretch their wings and hone their craft. Artists who have worked with us have gone on to study at NIDA, WAAPA and VCA, and to work with some of Australia’s leading companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Griffin, Bell Shakespeare and Melbourne Theatre Company
WE PROMOTE DIVERSITY… We don’t just talk about the need for cultural diversity on our stages. We put our money where our mouth is. In terms of contributing to the diversity, vibrancy and sustainability of Sydney’s rich cultural life, we are punching well above our weight. Through our StoryLines initiatives, we have provided opportunities for over 100 culturally and linguistically diverse artists to showcase their talent to the industry and Sydney audiences. Our commitment to this work is changing Sydney’s theatre landscape.
KXT, A COMMUNITY CULTURAL HUB… We’re creating a new Soho in Sydney. Kings Cross has been a community meeting-place for thousands of years. It’s a crossroads where journeys intersect, where possibilities diverge. Our community knows that coming to KXT means they get to see the best independent theatre-makers in Sydney telling stories we don’t hear anywhere else, stories that make us think about our place in the world. At KXT we’re extending this connection through our Chesterfield and Crossroads series - programs of satellite events, performances and exhibitions that ignite community conversations.
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
STORYTELLERS FESTIVAL @ KXT
CURATED BY JOANNA ERSKINE, WITH THANKS TO DANNY BALL + KXTEETHCUTTING
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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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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
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:
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.
“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.
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
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.
...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.