Unfold: A new short festival at the Old Fitz

New Ghosts Theatre Company prides itself in facilitating new work, debuting the best international scripts locally and collaborating with Australia’s most up and coming writers. Following the success of its sold out seasons of Paper Doll in Sydney and Perth, YEN at KXT and the launch of IGNITE Collective, New Ghosts presents UNFOLD: a new short festival at Sydney’s iconic Old Fitz Theatre from the 21st – 24th August 2019.
UNFOLD will bring together playwrights, actors, directors, producers, artists and reviewers; for a series of networking events, short developments, play readings, and panel discussions, in an effort to promote the importance of new Australian work, and provide opportunities for emerging theatre makers. The festival will be a forum for sharing new ideas, making new connections, and celebrate the art of storytelling.
To increase accessibility, exposure, and support for theatre-makers as well as further engage audiences, UNFOLD will be “Pay What You Can”. With an impressive line-up of programming, audiences will need to get in quick to register their interest!

The Program
UNFOLD Networking | 7pm Wednesday 21st August 2019
Industry, theatre-makers, and artists come together to foster new relationships and discuss the challenges and rewards of making new work.
UNFOLD New Works | Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd August 2019
Readings will be presented of new Australian works that are in development or ready for a season. Submissions close Friday 26th July. Visit 

UNFOLD The Conversation | Saturday 24th August 2019  
6PM The Emerging Playwright: This exciting panel discussion features leading and emerging industry to discuss the importance of new work, the process of creation and development, as well as access to opportunities. Featuring Polly Rowe (STC), Phil Spencer (Griffin Theatre), Lachlan Philpott (PWA), Jane FitzGerald (ATYP), and playwrights Tasnim Hossain and Jules Orcullo. Facilitated by AWGIE Winner, two-time Green Room Award Nominee, and IGNITE resident playwright Katy Warner.

7:30PM The Emerging Producer | Avoiding Disaster: Dino Dimitriadis (Apocalypse Theatre), Jeremy Waters (Outhouse Theatre), Charlie Falkner (JackRabbit Theatre), and Loredana Cross (New Ghosts Theatre Co.) discuss their experiences, and the challenges they've faced producing independent theatre. The panel will be facilitated by IGNITE resident actor Chika Ikogwe (The Wolves, Belvoir and Normal, Old 505).

8:45PM Theatre Reviewers: What Makes a Good Show? Join John Shand (SMH), Ben Neutze (Time Out), Diana Simmonds (Stage Noise), Jason Blake (Audrey Journal), Lisa Thatcher, and Cassie Tongue, as they discuss their thoughts on what makes a good show. Do they review new work differently? Do they think new work is important? Are reviews important? Facilitated by Theatre Now’s Lynden Jones, this panel is NOT TO BE MISSED!

Event starts
Wednesday 21 August, 2019
Event Ends
Saturday 24 August, 2019
The Old Fitz
Venue Address
129 Dowling Street

New South Wales, , Woolloomooloo

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