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Image: Hero image for November Spawned a Monster (via SITCO)
World premieres and Sydney premieres feature in the 2014 season programed by Sydney Independent Theatre Company (SITCO) at the Old Fitz, including Pat Sheil’s comedy about the self-professed ‘greatest Australian who ever lived’, Legend! – ‘Slips’ Cordon – A Safe Pair of Hands; and a black comedy set in a run-down motel, Tidy Town of the Year, written and performed by Victoria Greiner, Sarah Hodgetts and Andy Leonard.
Other 2014 highlights include the premiere of Who Knows, Australian playwright Paul McIntyre’s satire about a fanatical Doctor Who devotee, and Alex Broun’s November Spawned a Monster, a one man musical featuring the songs of Morrissey and the Smiths.
Since being established as a theatre in 1997, the ‘Old Fitz’ has been home to a diverse range of independent companies and productions. It remains a popular venue for showcasing emerging talents.
Proprietor of the Old Fitzroy Hotel, Garry Pasfield, said he remains committed to retaining the theatre as a hot spot for performances, believing it has a significant role to playing Sydney’s vibrant arts scene.
‘Over the years we’ve had many opportunities to do something else with the space, but we stayed with the theatre format because the Old Fitz is an iconic Sydney pub: it is a part of the community, and this is our way of contributing to the Sydney arts scene,’ he said.
Since taking over as the residents and managers of the theatre in March this year, SITCO have since remodelled the stage layout to ensure greater versatility for future productions. It is hoped the revamp will make room for more collaboration with a broader range of artists.
SITCO co-artistic director Julie Baz said that the affordability of shows at the Old Fitz has always been a major selling point, along with the fact that the theatre is attached to a pub which provides meals and an opportunity to meet with performers after the show.
‘We are thrilled to give a unique opportunity to so many independent companies to stage their work at such a wonderfully creative and intimate theatre.’
Tickets are now available for purchase at www.sitco.net.au
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Aleczander Bryan Gamboa is a Melbourne writer.