How the Giant Dwarf is making its mark in Sydney
SYDNEY: Launched almost six months ago by the boys from The Chaser, Giant Dwarf at 199 Cleveland Street Redfern – the old home of Performance Space – has become a platform for a wild and diverse line-up of events, writes Garrett Bithell.
Since opening back in February, Giant Dwarf on Cleveland Street has become a gloriously loud and loose new space, with a dynamic program of events ranging from storytelling and erotic fan fiction to improv nights and confessional cabarets.
For those who missed the launch, Giant Dwarf is the pet project of the team behind The Chaser. Taking its name from their production company, the building was the home of Performance Space from 1983 until 2007. As well as acquiring the space for future Chaser broadcast projects, the boys are also using it to showcase an exciting set list of writers, comedians and performers.
Above: The Giant Dwarf. Top image: Richard Cuthbert (left) and Phil Spencer are performing their stand-up storytelling show You and Whose Army? at Giant Dwarf on Wednesday.
Key regular events include ‘Story Club’, where anyone can get up and offload their perverse tales; ‘Confession Booth’, where writers, musicians, actors, comedians and creatives are invited to the stage to confess their deepest, darkest secrets; and ‘Erotic Fan Fiction’, a long running celebration of comedy, filth, pop culture, penis metaphors and excellent writing, which this week features the work of Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson, Cameron James and Jared Jekyll, Becky Lucas, Henry Stone, Veronica Milsom and Eddie Sharp.
Giant Dwarf also hosts one-off shows, such as You and Whose Army? this Wednesday night, which sees UK born writer/performer Phil Spencer team up with Sydney singer/songwriter Richard Cuthbert for a stand-up storytelling autobiographical adventure. A darkly comic true tale about growing up in the ‘slums’ of rural South Oxfordshire, moonlighting as a Glaswegian drug dealer and how a 29 year old man has never – ever – thrown a punch, You and Whose Army? is simple storytelling at its very best. Debuting in January this year in a sell-out season at Marrickville’s The Newsagency, this is your last chance to see the show before the boys head off on a UK tour.
Giant Dwarf is an exciting new venue for Sydney, so make sure you check it out.
Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern. Story Club, July 28 & August 4; Confession Booth, July 29; You and Whose Army?, July 30; and Erotic Fan Fiction, July 31. Details: giantdwarf.com.au