"The Nevada" at The World Bar
25 May - 18 June 2017
Kings Cross is an inner-city locality of Sydney, New South Wales, located approximately 2 kilometers east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Sydney.
Colloquially known as The Cross, the area is known as Sydney's red-light district, and is reputed to be home to organised crime groups. Once known for its music halls and grand theatres, it was rapidly transformed after World War II with the influx of troops returning and visiting from the nearby Garden Island naval base.
Despite the recent gentrification and lock out laws that put a damper on the once boundary free zone, King Cross has remained a state of mind.
Hidden Sydney is an immersive, exhilarating cabaret celebrating the hey days of Kings Cross and bringing the lost stories of a bygone era to the surface, featuring an all-star ensemble cast.
Set over four floors of “The Nevada”, the former Sydney brothel that boasted the biggest bed in the world, quick-witted bouncers, madams of the night, drag queens, crooks, entertainers and eccentrics alike relive the world of the Cross during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
Once it starts, the lines between life and art instantly start to blur and you instantly become a protagonist and find yourself in the midst of the stories of Bea Miles, Abe Saffron, Roie The Witch, Standover Jim and the iconic Les Girls and you rub shoulders with the crooks of the day, finishing up with last drinks at a pop-up version of the iconic nightclub Chevron Silver Spade.
Within the first moments of the experience, it becomes apparent how much attention to detail, research and effort has gone into its execution to make it a dynamic production that unfolds as you meander through the building while staying coherent and true to its narrative.
Spilling any details would spoil the fun of the experience and the broad mosaic that each component contributes to making it a nuanceful whole, ranging from dialogue via physical theatre to dance. Suffice to say that the action begins once you leave the confines of the pop-up bar and stories become alive with you being placed right in the middle of the action of a gritty past with interaction galore.
Hidden Sydney is an innovative, colourful and humorous experience and the talent in this production is outstanding and if you like surprise and are open to a very different theatrical experience, this will be right up your ally and highly recommended to anyone looking for something a bit special during Sydney’s Vivid Festival.
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