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Old 505 Theatre- 505, 342 Elizabeth St Surry Hills

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“Everything indie theatre should be.” Lloyd Bradford Syke - Curtain Call

“…search out this gem of a hidden theatre.” Frank Hatherley - Stage Whispers

"...the Sydney version of Berlin's Tacheler" SMH




February/March 2015

Queen Bette

Presented by G.bod Theatre and Mardi Gras Festival


Dates 25 February- 15 March 2015

Times Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm


Doors open 1/2 hr prior to start time


A one-woman show inspired by the 1962 autobiography "The Lonely Life" by Hollywood icon Bette Davis.

Retracing the remarkable steps of a true motion picture legend, from her early days as a fledgling stage actress via an unrivalled glittering Hollywood career that also saw her battling the Brothers warner in an unprecedented attempt to gain independence as an artist. Presented as part of Mardi Gras Festival 2015.


"The Queen has no hour for love. Time passes, and events crowd upon her. Into her shell, an empty, glistening husk, she must give up all that a woman holds dear."


With Jeanette Cronin as Queen Bette

Directed by Peter Mountford


A Taste of Indie Sydney

Sydney Fringe Festival Winners and Favourites at SPECTRUM NOW



Dates and times 20th March 8-10pm, 21st March 5-7pm and 8-10pm

Tickets $38/28


Doors open 1/2 hr prior to start time


Overwhelmed with choice?
Want a snapshot of the best of indie Sydney?

In celebration of the inaugural Spectrum Now the Sydney Fringe Festival is remounting 6 award winning 2014 productions and festival favourites.

With five genres in two of Sydney’s premiere independent spaces we’ve covered the spectrum of what’s now.


2014 Award Winners Triple Bill

Heaven Metal (dance)
Brianna Kell is an independent artist and choreographer based in Sydney.
Heaven Metal is Brianna’s first solo work. Taking multiple influences from her performance career the work is a collision of body thought. Brianna Kell graduated from the esteemed Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne in 2010. Upon graduating, Brianna was awarded the Orloff Family Trust Award for Most Outstanding Talent. In 2011 Brianna began working professionally with Tasdance and has since toured across regional Victoria, NSW, and Tasmania. Whilst with Tasdance Brianna has worked with choreographers Anton, Francis Rings, Larissa McGowan, Anna Smith, Marnie Palomares, Byron Perry and performed in remounted work by seminal choreographer Tanja Liedtke.
Brianna performed in Sydney for the DirtyFeet/Chronology Arts’ production ‘Vitality’ at the Seymour Centre 2013.

Brianna has worked in Accessible Arts as a workshop director with Shopfront Theatre's 'Sensory Games', ‘Bodylines’, DirtyFeet’s ‘The Right Foot Project’ and with Sarah-Vine Vassalo for artists with and without disability.Brianna and collaborator Alexandra Andrews won ‘Most Outstanding Choreography’ for their work ‘Salt’ at the Sydney Short Sweet Dance festival 2014. Brianna co choreographed ‘Alter’ Tasdance’s 2014 Education season. Brianna has worked with Raewyn Hill, Gaivin Webber, and Huang Yi for Tasdance and DanceNorth dynamic program 'Threefold'.

Him (physical theatre)
"He called it a mole. I called it a beauty spot because every time I saw it I would remember all the happy memories we had. But now, its just a mole."

How do you remember the one you love (or used to love)? Do you think of their smile? Do you think of the way they made you feel? Are you at your happiest with them?

HIM is a butoh/live art production that reflects on nostalgia for a previous relationship. The piece recreates him: how you loved him, how you hated him and how you remember him — moles, scars, freckles and all.

Combining aesthetic influences of visual artist Matthew Barney with modern ‘splatter’ artwork, playing with immersion and interactivity and blurring the lines between personal and universal, HIM arouses the wildest feelings of joy, lust and fear to the one that you love (or used to love) by dancing the memories of each mark on their skin

Hamlet [Working Title] (theatre)
Hamlet. Smaller than a village and larger than a driveway. It contains less than 200 people and is usually connected to five soliloquies full of sound and fury mentioning nothing. Everyone dies in the end (spoiler alert), luckily this is a one man show. Hamlet does all the things your mum wouldn’t let you do, and he’s smarter than you at doing them. Come along for a night to blow off the rules and plot our revenge.

April 2015

Seeing Unseen

Presented by the Old 505 Theatre Co

Dates 8th-26th April

Times Wednesday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 7pm

Tickets $22 preview, $33 full and $22 concession


Doors open 1/2 hr prior to start time


A shopping list disguised as a love note. The camera records. The dog eaters are knocking at the door. No one wants to be watched and yet....

In the very near future, a trio of perfectly ordinary misfits navigate a few days, safe in the knowledge that the front is far from here, their front door is closed,

there is an answer for everything and they want for nothing. Basically. But when the changes begin and the world shifts, the same old questions suddenly have

wildly different answers. Following on from a work in progress showing in 2014, Old 505 Theatre Co complete their latest theatrical invention.

Using classic and contemporary sources and a desire to explore big ideas in small spaces resulting in a work that is physical, smart and engaging.


Created and performed by: Gareth Boylan, Michael Cullen, Kerri Glasscock and Michael Pigott


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6 Nights a Week at Venue 505

Kicking off 2015 we are increasing the fun times with:

Monday nights are free entry with our Jazz Jam and Games Night. With live music and board games a plenty. It's boogie woogie with your backgammon.

Come party down for 'Old School' Tuesdays with a live funk and groove band, invited guests jamming and DJ selections of some rare grooves. And it's FREE entry!!!

Wednesdays is a great night for the very best in contemporary Jazz and World music from some seriously world class players. A feast for the senses and especially your ears.

Thursdays will feature some of the new and old faces of 'beat' music reaching into the vaults of Reggae, Afro-Beat, Funk, Jazz and more. Free entry to 505 members!

Fridays are a night to unwind for the week with a blend of some high class and fun acts that range from Swing, Gypsy, Worls, Soul, Funk and more.

Saturdays are our concert series and a perfect night to sit back and let your ears be trated to the most inspiring vocalists and instrumentalists Australia has to offer.

Love Roots, Groove, Funk and Jazz music? Tuesdays are all about it with free entry a lounge atmosphere, live funk trio and resident DJ. Check out the new cocktail menu in style and treat yourself to an early week hang. Some of Sydney’s finest muso’s will be dropping by to jam (or just prop up the bar) Cocktail hour from 6-730!

Head here to check out our up-coming gigs.


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