Batch Festival takes over the iconic Griffin space for three weeks of the best in genre-busting contemporary performance.
Never Let Me Go (May 8-11)
Adriano Cappelletta’s Never Let Me Go chronicles the history of the AIDS epidemic in Sydney from the early ’80s as gay community groups mobilised to save lives and the Australian government fought religious dogma, moral crusaders and a fearful public to educate and quell a plague that could have ravaged many more. Set to a soaring ’80s soundtrack performed by an a capella choir, Never Let Me Go dramatises a tumultuous decade that saw the soldiers of AIDS fight fear with enlightenment and love.
Sauvage (WILD) (May 8-11)
A new work by Aanisa Vylet (The Girl/The Woman), Sauvage (WILD) is a mashup of primal female storytelling, drums, belly dancing, physical theatre and song. Spoken in English, Arabic and Spanish, this is a tribute to those fighting for the right to return to their natural skin.
Grumble ‘n’ Friends (May 9)
From Betty Grumble, a genre smashing variety evening that whirls the worlds of performance art, club art, art art and heart art together in a womb of possibility. Birthed by totem critter Betty Grumble, Grumble ‘n’ Friends will make a great beautiful mess of your evening. All are welcome.
Never Trust a Creative City (May 11)
A little bit TED talk, a little bit buddy comedy and a little bit dystopian science fiction, Never Trust a Creative City untangles the complex relationship between artists and gentrification. Laugh, rail and weep with protagonists Emma McManus and Maria White as they embark on a comedic journey through rising rents and social dislocation, arts-led urban renewal, pop-up galleries and “really dumb things on the internet”.
A Little History Play (April 26-May 5)
Written by Caleb Lewis, A Little History Play brings together theatre, indie role-playing games, and board game design into three glorious nights of revolution. Each night, participants form a newly elected government tasked with steering a fledgling nation through uncertain times, reacting to crises and passing laws, knowing full well their actions will reverberate through history.
At the end, each group will commemorate its reign, leaving a monument for future generations.
This event will be at KXT bAKEHOUSE / Popupstairs on Level 4 of Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross.