UNDERGROUND: EMERGING

Following the sudden and unexpected closure of Limelight on Oxford Street, a number of emerging companies were left without a home for their programmed shows. We’ve made some space on the legendary Fitz stage, as part of our Underground program, to ensure the next Gen have a space to play. Because community is important. Four productions by some of Sydney’s newest emerging artists.


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TEMPORARY

TUES 8th OCTOBER - SAT 12TH OCTOBER
6.30PM
Run time: 50 mins
$25 adult/ $22 concession ($22/$20 preview)

Amy’s life as a receptionist is a rut of emails, ergonomics and endless unrealistic expectations. She smiles politely, makes the perfect cup of coffee and has a delightful phone manner. She spends her days tackling the big issues – like the optimal temperature of the air conditioning and how to ensure the coffee machine is being appropriately cleaned. Now, on her journey to find another gluten-dairy-nut free cake for the big merger deal, Amy stops to wonder: is this her moment to escape to freedom, or the beginning of her descent into corporate oblivion?

"Temporary is pitched as “Bridget Jones meets The Office” and no phrase could more provide a more accurate summary of the show’s appeal" (The Advertiser).

Described as an opportunity “to laugh at another workplace’s misfortunes rather dealing with your own” (The Upside News) and events that "unravel in laugh-out-loud fashion that strikes chord after chord of recognition in the audience" (The Advertiser), Temporary promises to deliver on exposing the funny side of the daily grind.

Created on the clock behind a real reception desk, Temporary reveals endless humour in the mundane 9-to-5. Because if the receptionist doesn’t do it, who will?


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DON'T HATE THE PLAYER

TUES 8th OCTOBER - SAT 12TH OCTOBER
8PM

Run time: 90 mins
Adult $35 /Concession $28

A witty and fresh tale of youth both trapped and liberated by technology. Darcy and her reluctant sister enter the world of a virtual reality video game. Inside, they are swept up in a drug ring that their suburban existence has not equipped them for. On top of this, their IT histories are available to all players and there's no way of knowing if those you meet are real or a bunch of pixels.

Both hilarious and strange, this world premiere evokes a new reality for both characters and audience. How many games do we play already?

Cast:
Atharv Kolhatkar
Madeleine Osborne
Cassius Russell
Rhiannon Watson

Set and Lighting design - Amelia Skelton
Writer and director - Laura McDonald


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THE DAMNED
Adapted by Shannan Ely

Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th OCTOBER
7.30pm
Run time: One hour and 30 minutes + Interval
Adult $40 / Concession and Under 30s $35

“This is how we bring about our own damnation, you know – by ignoring the voice that begs us to stop. To stop while there’s still time”

The Damned is tragedy meets Ted Talk in a theatrical meditation on Christopher Marlowe’s classic text, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. It explore the hubris of a man who sold his soul to the devil for momentary pleasure, while concurrently examining how our own selfish actions against our earth could be leading us down the same dark, tragic path to damnation.

Part dramatic play, part lecture; this production demands to know: are we eternally damned for our irrational choices?


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BIRD
By Katherine Chandler (Aus Premiere)

Tuesday 22nd October - Saturday 2nd November
Tue - Sat 7:30pm ; Sun 5pm
Run Time: 90 mins
Full $40 / Concession and Previews $35

"Uncompromising in it’s fury... A play that refuses to look away" **** The Stage

"The writing has a blasted beauty... that – like its teenage protagonists – is a small, fragile thing with a fiercely beating heart." **** The Guardian

Winner of the Judges Award in the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Bird is a stunningly poetic play by Welsh playwright Katherine Chandler.

Ava and Tash are up on a cliff. Looking out at the flocking birds. And at their future. On the cusp of adulthood and leaving the care home they've always known, the friends test their freedoms and practise living in the world. Ava must confront the mother she left behind. Tash will have to look for a new home. And both girls will go on living dangerously with the men who surround them.

Raw, delicate and bold, Bird is a story about growing up outside a family but inside the fiercest of friendships. Bird premiered at Sherman Cymru in 2016 before transferring to the Royal Exchange, Manchester.

Creative team:

Directed by Jane Angharad

Produced by James Smithers