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Old 505 Theatre- 505, 342 Elizabeth St Surry Hills
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Kinski and I: The Banned Writings of the World's Most Depraved Movie Star
Dates 28 January- 1 February 2015
Doors open 1/2 hr prior to start time
After winning Best Theatre Award at the 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival CJ Johnson's Kinski and I returns to Old 505 for a limited season before heading to the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
“Like a bizarre satanic TED talk of grand filmic proportions.”
“Took me back to the 60s at art school when we could fuck everything and everyone.”
“In the heart of darkness for 80 minutes… compelling, baffling, funny and terrifying.”
“A person might think that I only lie around in bed and pass my time fucking. That’s not true… I can’t just fuck, I have to earn money, too.” ?- Klaus Kinski, All I Need Is Love
CJ Johnson always loved a movie star memoir, especially those that weren’t afraid of sordid details and squalid truths. But nothing prepared him for Klaus Kinski’s Uncut, in which Germany’s greatest actor - to CJ’s mind, perhaps the greatest ever - not only revealed but revelled in intense, often pornographic description of his lifelong sexual addiction.
Things got darker and weirder still when CJ tracked down a copy of All I Need Is Love, Kinski’s own English translation of his original manuscript, which contained vast cesspools of depravity far exceeding those of Uncut. Indeed, All I Need Is Love was withdrawn and pulped after a lawsuit by Natassia Kinski, Klaus’ daughter, and copies are extremely rare.
While All I Need Is Love is very funny in its extremity, it is also a shockingly candid first-person account of debilitating, relentless sexual addiction coupled with the fantastical, globe-trotting life of an international movie star through some of cinema’s most glamorous - and indulgent - decades. Kinski and I is part reading - the most heinously debauched passages from the most depraved memoir since the writings of the Marquis de Sade - and part tale of CJ’s own response to this completely unique and possibly insane actor, writer, and pervert par excellence.
Presented by Apocalypse Theatre Company
Dates 3-15 February 2015
Times Wed-Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 5pm
Tickets: $30/25 conc and equity members
For 12 nights across two weeks, Old 505 Theatre will come alive with new Australian works that explore what it means to seek ASYLUM.
Operation Sovereign Borders was the policy the Coalition government took to the September 2013 Federal election - a military-led response to ‘combat people smuggling and protect Australia’s borders’.
Playwrights from across the country have been invited to create new plays that respond to one of the most contested ideas in Australia’s identity. How will our stage respond to Operation Sovereign Borders? What do our great storytellers have to say? The selected plays have been matched to directors and actors for two weeks of quick-response theatre.
Playwrights and other creatives include:
Hilary Bell, Christopher Bryant, Tasnim Hossain, Cybele McNeil, Elias Jamieson Brown, Mary Rachel Brown, Noëlle Janaczewska, Amir Mohammadi, Hoa Pham, Melita Rowston, Ben Pierpoint, Emily Ayoub, Victoria Haralabidou, Michele Lee, Georgia Symons, Eleanor Rex, Irene Assumpter, Laura Lethlean, Ross Mueller, Sheila Pham, Katie Pollock, Tania Canas, Paul Gilchrist, Steve McCall, Ruth Melville
All artists involved will waive their fees so that ticket sales can be donated to the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown & the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Melbourne.
Presented by G.bod Theatre and Mardi Gras Festival
Dates 25 February- 15 March 2015
Times Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm
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