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The First Three Acts From The 2018 Sydney Festival Line-Up Have Dropped

The First Three Acts From The 2018 Sydney Festival Line-Up Have Dropped


Always a highlight on Sydney‘s ever-evolving cultural calendar, just like that, it’s time to get hyped for next year’s Sydney Festival. Festival bosses have today dropped the first three performances from what’s shaping up to be a killer 2018 line-up.

The Town Hall Affair
Image courtesy of The Wooster Group

New from acclaimed experimental theatre collective The Wooster Group is The Town Hall Affair, a reimagining of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker’s 1971 documentary Town Bloody Hall, which captured an unruly debate between author Noman Mailer and renowned feminists Germaine Greer (played by ER‘s Maura Tierney) and Jill Johnston, among others. A combination of verbatim dialogue and video footage, The Town Hall Affair simultaneously brings life to the debate and “derails” it.

It’ll show at the Sydney Opera House’s Drama Theatre from January 7 to 13, at 8pm nightly. Tickets cost between $86 and $96.

RIOT variety show
Image: Conor Horgan for THISISPOPBABY

Blending high art and “trash culture”, RIOT is an acclaimed Irish variety show that’s part party, part politics. Drag queen and activitst Panti Bliss, comedic acrobats Lords of Strut, and former Riverdance leads Up and Over It all make an appearance, meaning there’s something for literally anyone.

RIOT will set up shop at the Meriton Festival Village between January 5 and 28, and costs between $70 and $80 per person.

Image courtesy of The Sydney Festival

Finally, and perhaps most impressively, Aquasonic is exactly what it sounds ike: an “ethereal underwater concert performed by five musicians submerged in aquariums”. The product of years of research by ensemble Between Music, Aquasonic‘s musicians play custom-made instruments and even sing underwater.

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The ground-breaking show will be performed at Carriageworks for three days only, between January 6 and 9. Tickets cost between $59 and $69.

Heading into its 42nd year, the Sydney Festival will run between January 6 and 28, 2018. Pre-sale tickets for RIOT, The Town Hall Affair and Aquasonic are already on sale, starting at $59 a pop. Bring it on.

(Lead image courtesy of The Sydney Festival)

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