Little Fictions returns to Sydney Writers Festival to present performed fiction about the elusive, seductive and life-changing power of the written word.
Let us take you on a literary road trip – from Alice Springs to Gundagai by way of Byron Bay and The Gong. You’ll visit Michael Giacometti’s cursed outback town and a hitch a ride with Julie Chevalier’s talking cow. You’ll meet a one-legged lap swimmer, a maverick fast-food chain operator then spend a sordid evening at an iconic Australian coastal destination.
Short fiction also by Jon Steiner, Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau, Susan McCreery and Paul Kew.
Join MC Adam Norris and actors Kate Fraser, Joel Horwood and Eleni Schumacher for a great night of storytelling at one of Sydney’s coolest bars.
What if Chekov’s Olga, Maria and Irina waited tables at an outback truckstop? And what if a geriatric Anias Nin and June Miller lived out their squabbling twilight years in the Melbourne suburb of Elwood? These are just two of the intriguing twists you’ll find in the Little Fictions’ xmas mashup of literary cultural references.
As well as Maria Tokalander’s brooding ‘Three Sisters’ and Alec (A.S.) Patrić’s hilarious ‘Ducks’, Susan McCreery peeks through a crack in Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ and then listens in on a little-known early morning meeting between a rustic Darcy and Miss Elizabeth. Jon Steiner’s hayseeds turn out to be opera buffs and there’s an open letter to Romeo by Carol Ann Martin which is full of surprises.
Thinking about a xmas get-together for your booklcub or literary-minded workmates – or just a festive night out with friends? Join our erudite MC, Adam Norris and the amazingly talented Little Fictions actors for a fun night of fractured fiction, a special literary pop quiz plus our traditional spin on the cocktail wheel and Spineless Wonders’ clothesline.
Book early for a prime position seat for you and your friends.
DATE AND TIME
Tue, December 13, 2016
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM AEDT
KNOX STREET BAR
21 Shepherd Street
Chippendale, NSW 2008
FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL ART
PERFORMANCE SPACE IS LOCATED AT CARRIAGEWORKS, WHICH IS AT 245 WILSON STREET, EVELEIGH.
Tuesday 1st November (PREVIEW) 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Wednesday 2 November, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Thursday 3 November, 6.30pm – 9.30pm (Tactile Tour & Audio Described Performance*)
Friday 4 November, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 5 November, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Sessions begin every 30 minutes
“A hedonistic Eden for a post-sustainable age” – Olivia Parkes, Vice Magazine
Ecosexual Bathhouse is an immersive experience inviting you to leave the urban wasteland behind and open yourself up to an intimate encounter with the biosphere.
Perth-based artist collective Pony Express offer up a cave of wonder with a variety of eco-erotic experiences. Experiment with pollination, unwind in the sauna or be guided by a bathhouse regular toward your own organic awakening. Catering to all—from the mildly bio-curious to the environmentally experienced—we encourage you to embrace the earth and give in to your budding naturist.
Drawing on the Eco-sex manifesto by Annie Sprinkle and Dr Elizabeth Stephens, Ecosexual Bathhouse explores a radical environmentalism where the political becomes very personal. The six awe-inspiring spaces of Ecosexual Bathhouse invite us to reconsider the relationship between humans and nature: because if we can learn to the love the Earth, then maybe we can save it.
* Ecosexual Bathhouse is a roving, self-guided experience. Patrons wishing to take advantage of audio described and tactile services will be led through the performance space by a guide and encouraged to encounter the work through a facilitated sensory and audio described experience. Please let us know in advance to book in with one of our guides. Written pre-show notes will also be available from our website prior to the performance.
The duration of this performance will be approximately 1 hour. Patrons are admitted every 20 minutes.
For more information please see our access guide or contact Performance Space on 02 8571 9111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or get in touch with us via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 660 (free from landlines).
Artists and Creators: Pony Express (Loren Kronemyer and Ian Sinclair)
Creative Producer: Sarah Rowbottam
Production Manager: Emily O’Brien
Performers: Scarlett O’Claire, Bhenji Ra
Contains the use of pollen, organic materials and scent.
Please note this performance may include nudity, pornography and other adult content and it is advised for years 18 and above.
You ride the morning bus past Maccas, stop for a coffee at Deus ex Machina then take a late night bike ride past the milk bar that never closes. You go back one hundred years and it’s plus ça change then fast forward to 1988 where it’s not quite Paris. And yet… You glimpse the world from a wedding dress shop window, go in search of a pasta machine, mistake a women’s legal service for a brothel and listen to the wisdom of an ibis.You are a denizen of Parramatta Road.
Come along and listen to stories from Leichhardt, Petersham, Camperdown and Annandale at our next Little Fictions show, 'Humans of Parramatta Road'. Hear our talented actors perform new tales penned by award-winning authors John Dale, Jen Craig, Margaret Barbalet and Julie Chevalier as well as an array of new and emerging local writers such as Harriet McInerney, Jill O'Meara, Karolina Ristevski, Helen Meany, Tess Ridgway as well as from Canberra, Sarah St Vincent Welch and from the Blue Mts, Arna Radovich.
Set in Knox Street Bar, Chippendale’s most intimate and edgy venue, Little Fictions is curated by Sydney publisher, Bronwyn Mehan (Spineless Wonders) deftly compered by MC Adam Norris and performed by talented Sydney actors, Eleni Schumacher, Kate Fraser and Lauren Hamilton-Neill.
Location: Knox St Bar, 21 Shepherd St, Chippendale
Tickets: $15 at the door or via Eventbrite
Inhabit the skins of criminals, stalkers and bystanders… an elderly victim comes face to face with her young, jailed perpetrator. A young girl as she gets swept up into the world of a bikie called Croc. A guy arrives in a country town with a gun in his glovebox. Let us take you behind the police tape and into the crime scenes with this night of chilling tales by some of Australia’s top crime writers, read to you by Little Fictions actors at Sydney’s hottest bar.
Stories from Melbourne writers Richard Holt, School of Life presenter, Pierz Newton-John and noir fiction author, Andrew Nette, and from Sydney, Julie Chevalier and Mark O’Flynn, two authors with experience working in prison. As well as crime-based microfiction from Shady Cosgrove and Susan McCreery. And as a special treat to end this final Sydney Fringe Festival show we’ll be staging a short radio play adapted from Eddy Burger’s ‘I Hate Crime Fiction’.
Crime Scenes will be presented by MC Adam Norris and actors Eleni Schumacher, Kate Fraser, Felix Johnson and Oscar Morphew.
Pre-purchase your tix for the best seats.
by Sarah Kane
Directed by Michaela Savina
With Adam Doughty, Clayton Moss, Kate Pimblett and Eleni Schumacher
"In fact the very first moment I saw her, her eyes smiling and full of the sun, and I shudder with grief for that moment which I have been hurtling away from ever since."
Crave is that thing that keeps you up at night.
You’ve been over it a million times but you still haven’t found that neat box to put it in.
It’s ugly and hard and funny and joyful.
It is so frustratingly paradoxical all you can do is keep following the threads hoping to tie them up but acknowledging that sometimes the narrative doesn’t always end that way. But that doesn’t mean the narrative isn’t beautiful.
Four characters sit in a room.
Or maybe it is not a room.
And they don’t always sit.
But they are there, with you, and they are so human it can hurt.
Sarah Kane has given beautiful poetic dignity to some of the uglier parts of the human condition making the experience of a Crave a cathartic realise in itself.
"The earth, by definition, has a centre. And only the fool that knows it can go wherever he pleases, knowing the centre will hold him down..but when your sense of centre shifts, comes whizzing to the surface, the balance has gone. That balance my baby has gone."
If you find ads for intimate feminine products offensive, you’ll love this show. We have smelly women, hairy women and women who write love-notes to their vibrators. There is a guy struggling to understand his girlfriend’s head-shaving grief over the death of poet, Dorothy Porter. And a terminally-ill nun shocks her elderly companion by searching the male escort ads. We take a fresh look at Mona Lisa and a long hard look at paedophile priests.
Returning due to popular demand, and featured as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival program, Little Fictions’ ‘Vaginal Spray’ brings you stories of women who break away, who stand their ground and who stand by each other.
‘Vaginal Spray’ stories from across the nation – including Miles Franklin finalist, AS Patric, award-winning author, Carmel Bird Canberra-based Felicity Volk, Melbourne author Alana Kelsall, South Coast writer, Susan McCreery and experimental Sydney writers, Julie Chevalier and Emma Rose Smith.
Join our special guest MC, Hungry Beast and 7.30 Report’s Walkley Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker, Monique Schafter plus Sydney actors Eleni Schumacher, Lauren Hamilton Neill and Adam Norris for a great night’s entertainment in one of Chippendale’s grooviest watering holes.
Grab your tickets early, seating is limited.