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2016 Season

subtlenuance, as part of Sydney Fringe 2016, presents
by Paul Gilchrist

6 - 10 September 2016 
Kings Cross Theatre

Sarah and Tom have made serious mistakes.
They’re going under.
Zelda says she can help.
Zelda says they can stay.
Zelda says she’s the one true heir of Atlantis.

Sure, no-one’s got all the answers,
but exactly how many are you allowed to get wrong?

Comic magic realism by subtlenuance.
Thought provoking, very funny and deeply moving,
Atlantis is the latest play by critically acclaimed playwright Paul Gilchrist.


With Sylvia Keays, Antony Talia and Madeleine Withington

Written by Paul Gilchrist

Directed by Kit Bennett

Produced by Daniela Giorgi

Lighting Design Liam O’Keefe


6 - 10 September 2016 

(Preview 6 September) 

Tuesday to Saturday 8pm
Tix: $24 /  $18 / Preview $15 / Groups (6+) $20  

KXT - Kings Cross Theatre  
Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel*, 244-248 William St,  Kings Cross
Tickets and more info:

KXT is a strictly 18+ venue


subtlenuance in association with bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company presents
Shut Up And Drive;
or Sex, Liberty and the Automobile

by Daniela Giorgi and Paul Gilchrist

9th - 23rd April 2016 
Kings Cross Theatre


"The latest example of excellence in Sydney independent theatre...
Not to be missed."
Sydney Scoop

“A fantastic indie theatre experience…  What makes Shut Up and Drive so captivating is its ability to have you slapping your thighs laughing one moment and gasping with teary eyes the next."
Weekend Notes

"a standout on the 2016 Sydney calendar, in a year filled with great productions. 
Highly recommended."

Lisa Thatcher

"A diverse, thoughtful and amusing take on freedom under late capitalism….clever writing and strong performances. The script is richly layered…..a revue with an intelligent critique of power dynamics."

Arts Hub

“especially engaging, fast-paced, revue style format; this high-energy performance has its audience both laughing at its satirical take on our contemporary world and feeling nostalgic for the passions of their youth. The wonderfully versatile and spirited cast inspires us to reassess the intimate role of the car in our lives and to leave the show in high good-humour.”
South Sydney Herald

Shut Up And Drive is often funny, and sometimes touching……the play always has a sense of intrigue and enjoyment. At every step…. consistently amusing.”

“Disarming humour, poignant drama and political insight, Shut Up and Drive has something to offer any audience member...”
Broadway World

"an interesting and surprising piece of theatre.... It's funny, moving, insightful and intelligent."
Theatre Now

 Michael Smith and Maddy McWilliam

From the power of the driver’s seat,

through the pleasures of the back seat,

to the eternal pull of the open road,

Shut Up and Drive is the ultimate ride!

Fast-paced and fun-fueled, Shut Up and Drive
traverses the highways and back roads of the Australian psyche
to discover the place of the car in our lives.

Are we there yet?


subtlenuance is an indie company dedicated solely to original work.

“a distinctive, important voice in Australian theatre”
Australian Stage Online

“an extraordinary little theatre company”

“one of Sydney’s most enduring and entertaining theatre companies”
Sydney Arts Guide

Shut Up And Drive;
or Sex Liberty and the Automobile

Directed by Paul Gilchrist          
With Kit Bennett, Bonnie Kellett, Sam Glissan, Sonya Kerr, Jordie MacKinnon,
Maddy McWilliam, Tom Nauta, Robert Roworth, Eli Saad and Michael Smith. 
Lighting Design: Liam O’Keefe

9-23 April 2016

(Previews 9 & 10 April)

Kings Cross Theatre
Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 
244-248 William St,  Kings Cross


Earlier in 2016 subtlenuance and Old 505 FreshWorks presented
The Poor Kitchen
by Daniela Giorgi

2nd - 6th February 2016 
Old 505 Theatre

Critical response:

“a brilliant piece of writing…. superb casting… Highly recommended”
Lisa Thatcher

"venue and production are to be applauded......The Poor Kitchen deserves a remount"
Australian Stage Online

"excellent performances....I would certainly be happy to spend a little more time with these fascinating characters."
What’s On Sydney

"an enjoyable, satisfying, thoughtful production"
Sydney Arts Guide

"Daniela Giorgi’s script is both thoughtful and insightful…. colourful characters keep us entertained"
Suzy Goes See

Randa Sayed and Katrina Rautenberg

“The anarchists are crazy, but better than the fascists.”

Elle unexpectedly inherits an olive farm in Italy. 
The neighbours are colourful, 
the food is divine, 
but as she tucks into her tagliatelle, 
she finds herself at the table with the ghosts of a barbarous past.

Set in southern Italy, 
The Poor Kitchen is exciting premiere work. 
Funny and deeply moving, the play is a fascinating exploration 
of the personal,
the political
and the pasta!


The Poor Kitchen
Written by Daniela Giorgi
Directed by Paul Gilchrist          
With Mark Langham, Samantha Meisner, Katrina Rautenberg, Randa Sayed and Benjamin Winckle 
Assistant Director: Kit Bennett
Set and Costume Design: Rebecca Mills      
Lighting Design: Liam O’Keefe
Stage Manager and Sound Design: Tom Massey

2- 6 February 2016
Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown


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