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January 2015

Kinski and I: The Banned Writings of the World's Most Depraved Movie Star

Dates 28 January- 1 February 2015

Times 8pm


Doors open 1/2 hr prior to start time


After winning Best Theatre Award at the 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival CJ Johnson's Kinski and I returns to Old 505 for a limited season before heading to the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

“Like a bizarre satanic TED talk of grand filmic proportions.”

“Took me back to the 60s at art school when we could fuck everything and everyone.”

“In the heart of darkness for 80 minutes… compelling, baffling, funny and terrifying.”

“A person might think that I only lie around in bed and pass my time fucking. That’s not true… I can’t just fuck, I have to earn money, too.” ?- Klaus Kinski, All I Need Is Love

CJ Johnson always loved a movie star memoir, especially those that weren’t afraid of sordid details and squalid truths. But nothing prepared him for Klaus Kinski’s Uncut, in which Germany’s greatest actor - to CJ’s mind, perhaps the greatest ever - not only revealed but revelled in intense, often pornographic description of his lifelong sexual addiction.

Things got darker and weirder still when CJ tracked down a copy of All I Need Is Love, Kinski’s own English translation of his original manuscript, which contained vast cesspools of depravity far exceeding those of Uncut. Indeed, All I Need Is Love was withdrawn and pulped after a lawsuit by Natassia Kinski, Klaus’ daughter, and copies are extremely rare.

While All I Need Is Love is very funny in its extremity, it is also a shockingly candid first-person account of debilitating, relentless sexual addiction coupled with the fantastical, globe-trotting life of an international movie star through some of cinema’s most glamorous - and indulgent - decades. Kinski and I is part reading - the most heinously debauched passages from the most depraved memoir since the writings of the Marquis de Sade - and part tale of CJ’s own response to this completely unique and possibly insane actor, writer, and pervert par excellence.

February 2015


Presented by Apocalypse Theatre Company


Dates 3-15 February 2015

Times Wed-Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 5pm

Tickets: $30/25 conc and equity members


Doors open 1/2 hr prior to start time


For 12 nights across two weeks, Old 505 Theatre will come alive with new Australian works that explore what it means to seek ASYLUM.

Operation Sovereign Borders was the policy the Coalition government took to the September 2013 Federal election - a military-led response to ‘combat people smuggling and protect Australia’s borders’.

Playwrights from across the country have been invited to create new plays that respond to one of the most contested ideas in Australia’s identity. How will our stage respond to Operation Sovereign Borders? What do our great storytellers have to say? The selected plays have been matched to directors and actors for two weeks of quick-response theatre.


Playwrights and other creatives include:

Hilary Bell, Christopher Bryant, Tasnim Hossain, Cybele McNeil, Elias Jamieson Brown, Mary Rachel Brown, Noëlle Janaczewska, Amir Mohammadi, Hoa Pham, Melita Rowston, Ben Pierpoint, Emily Ayoub, Victoria Haralabidou, Michele Lee, Georgia Symons, Eleanor Rex, Irene Assumpter, Laura Lethlean, Ross Mueller, Sheila Pham, Katie Pollock, Tania Canas, Paul Gilchrist, Steve McCall, Ruth Melville

All artists involved will waive their fees so that ticket sales can be donated to the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown & the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Melbourne.

Queen Bette

Presented by G.bod Theatre and Mardi Gras Festival


Dates 25 February- 15 March 2015

Times Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm


Doors open 1/2 hr prior to start time


A one-woman show inspired by the 1962 autobiography "The Lonely Life" by Hollywood icon Bette Davis.

Retracing the remarkable steps of a true motion picture legend, from her early days as a fledgling stage actress via an unrivalled glittering Hollywood career that also saw her battling the Brothers warner in an unprecedented attempt to gain independence as an artist. Presented as part of Mardi Gras Festival 2015.


"The Queen has no hour for love. Time passes, and events crowd upon her. Into her shell, an empty, glistening husk, she must give up all that a woman holds dear."


With Jeanette Cronin as Queen Bette

Directed by Peter Mountford


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6 Nights a Week at Venue 505

Kicking off 2015 we are increasing the fun times with:

Monday nights are free entry with our Jazz Jam and Games Night. With live music and board games a plenty. It's boogie woogie with your backgammon.

Come party down for 'Old School' Tuesdays with a live funk and groove band, invited guests jamming and DJ selections of some rare grooves. And it's FREE entry!!!

Wednesdays is a great night for the very best in contemporary Jazz and World music from some seriously world class players. A feast for the senses and especially your ears.

Thursdays will feature some of the new and old faces of 'beat' music reaching into the vaults of Reggae, Afro-Beat, Funk, Jazz and more. Free entry to 505 members!

Fridays are a night to unwind for the week with a blend of some high class and fun acts that range from Swing, Gypsy, Worls, Soul, Funk and more.

Saturdays are our concert series and a perfect night to sit back and let your ears be trated to the most inspiring vocalists and instrumentalists Australia has to offer.

Love Roots, Groove, Funk and Jazz music? Tuesdays are all about it with free entry a lounge atmosphere, live funk trio and resident DJ. Check out the new cocktail menu in style and treat yourself to an early week hang. Some of Sydney’s finest muso’s will be dropping by to jam (or just prop up the bar) Cocktail hour from 6-730!

Head here to check out our up-coming gigs.


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