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.