Performance Space: PSpace Social

Micro ParksJoin interdisciplinary arts organisation, Performance Space as they take you on a site-specific journey through Surry Hills this May with a variety of performances, installations, talks, theatre, cabaret and more in PSpace Social.  Engage with free ‘live art’ dotted throughout the Surry Hills microcosm of parks, or try your hand at judging a talent show or cabaret speed dating at The National Art School in Darlinghurst.

Feel like you’re alone in the universe? Come experience Theatre Kantanka’s ‘speed of light dating’ as they explore the known limits of the cosmos in Clubsingularity. Turning the National Art School’s Cell Block Theatre into a lonely-hearts club, you’ll be invited to help solve the question of why (and if) we’re alone in the universe.

A contemporary cabaret staged by Theatre Kantanka’s inimitable performers, Clubsingularity will explore the Universe, its origins, its future, and all its wondrousness in this star-studded, all-singing, all-dancing cosmological spectacle not to be missed.

Enjoyed by over 6000 people when it was staged in Erskineville as part of Sydney Festival 2013, Micro Parks, for one weekend in May will transform the small parks that dot inner-Sydney’s Surry Hills into jaw-dropping outdoor galleries, with free contemporary art installations and performances.

Artists Joan Ross, Ensemble Offspring, Justin Shoulder, Fondue Set, and Malcolm Whittaker will all stake their claim on tiny patches of greenery around Surry Hills to create free, family-friendly works. Some will be interactive, some immersive and others performative, but all will make art public, accessible, and fun.

A school hall on a Saturday night. The cordial is cold, the talent is hot. The decorations committee have outdone themselves. This is NightTime: Talent Quest.

From the generation that brought you endless positive reinforcement, ten artists will deliver an evening of multi-talented contemporary performance: impersonations, community dance, stand up routines, spoons (!?), and possibly even bush poetry (good lord). What happens at a talent quest where NO-ONE wins or loses? It’s all 10/10, but there’ll still be tears before bedtime…

Friends With Deficits (Amelia Wallin, Lisa Mumford, and Maria White) take the reins to bring NightTime to National Art School, with a talent quest of contemporary works and installations marking the sweet 16 NightTime from Performance Space.

Soapbox is a return to the tradition of the “speaker’s corner”, where everyday citizens were given a platform to speak what was on their mind. Over two days in a Surry Hills park, four artists stand and deliver orations. Some may speak short and sharp, others deliver a filibuster, but all will be public. Performative prophets, crackpots, and visionaries will tackle ideas, discourse, and the spoken word.

Cell Block Theatre – National Art School, Forbes St, Darlinghurst
Season: 21 – 24 May 2014
Bookings: (02) 8571 9111 or online at:

Micro Parks
Various Parks across Surry Hills
Season: 16 – 18 May 2014

NightTime: Talent Quest
Cell Block Theatre – National Art School, Forbes St, Darlinghurst
Performance: Saturday 24 May 2014 – 5.30pm
Bookings: (02) 8571 9111 or online at:

Surry Hills Library Park, Crown St, Surry Hills
Performance: 23 – 24 May 2014

For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Micro Parks: Justin Shoulder (2014) – photo by Lucy Parakhina