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Batch Festival 2019

Batch Festival takes over the iconic Griffin space for three weeks of the best in genre-busting contemporary performance.

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Batch Festival 2019

Date: 21 Mar 2019

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.

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You’ve Got Mail: The Alchemy of the Adaptation
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ArchivedGriffin Theatre, Kings Cross, Sydney 26 Apr - 11 May 2019

You’ve Got Mail: The Alchemy of the Adaptation

Sarah Hadley and Ang Collins on the making of a "queer, cyberfeminist parody" of the film you hate to love.

You’re Safe Till 2024
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ArchivedGriffin Theatre, Kings Cross, Sydney 26 Apr - 11 May 2019

You’re Safe Till 2024

David Finnigan asks the hard questions: Will we survive the coming storm? Do climate scientists have good taste in music?

A Little History Play
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ArchivedGriffin Theatre, Kings Cross, Sydney 26 Apr - 11 May 2019

A Little History Play

A new participatory theatre event invites audiences to found a nation and make its history. Caleb Lewis explains why and how.

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Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida
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ArchivedOld 505 Theatre, Newtown, Sydney 23 Apr - 4 May 2019

Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida

Drawing on documents, materials and memoirs, Humberto Robles’s play reveals the woman behind the icon.

Mosquitoes
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ArchivedDrama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point 8 Apr - 18 May 2019

Mosquitoes

The Australian premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's international hit is a tale of sibling rivalry set against a backdrop of scientific discovery.

Festival UnWrapped
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ArchivedSydney Opera House, Bennelong Point 3 - 19 May 2019

Festival UnWrapped

Sydney Opera House celebrates diverse, new and risk-taking works from some of Australia’s most admired contemporary performance makers.

American Psycho
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ArchivedHayes Theatre, Potts Point, Sydney 10 May - 9 Jun 2019

American Psycho

A pitch black comedy based on Brett Easton Ellis’ sensational novel. May contain traces of Phil Collins.

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