An immersive micro-festival where every room tells a story.

The outcome of a 16-hour site-responsive performance residency where 7 artists create 7 shows of 7-minutes in length within 7 hotel rooms above the Darlo Bar in Darlinghurst. Audiences are invited to witness these intimate spectacles created by some of Sydney’s most exciting site-specific contemporary performers in an intimate, promenade-style event.


ROOM 201: Eliza Jean Scott is an interdisciplinary performance maker with a curiosity as to how to integrate technology into the theatrical realm and make work that is unafraid to investigate and represent non-binary voices. Eliza is thrilled to be making this work – it’s going to be a wild ride.

ROOM 202: Neven Connolly is a variety act moulded by colourful experiences in circus, burlesque and arguably-unconventional dance productions. His street dance foundation is inspired by contemporary ideas and influenced by comedy, clowning, mime, juggling, creature work and everything else that’s raised his bushy brow.

ROOM 203: Canoe is the chimerical brainchild of interdisciplinary artist Blake Lawrence. They draw on the performative potential of materials - working in entanglement across photography, drag, film, textiles, and ceremony. They are devoted to imagining rites for queer grief amid environmental collapse, responsibility beyond genealogy, absence, residue, and pleasure through it all.

ROOM 207: Laurence Rosier Staines is a writer and director who specialises in things which are not yet real. He is interested in the blurring of fact and fiction, narrativising, human agency and the uncanny, and his immersive and interactive shows regularly feature technology, choice and strange mechanisms. His Petite Suite room show will likely involve doubling.

ROOM 208: SLaK ft Lana Morgan 'SLaK - Person who is a bitch asstrick and annoying as fuck. They get on a ride and won't hop off.' Suz, Lana and Kirsty - 3 previous collaborators in varying stages of grumpy middle age come together for this inaugural outing as SLaK, content to annoy as many people as possible. With a commitment to their intersecting performance making from a wide spectrum of live art theatre disciplines like writing, dancing and speaking academically, dramatically, comedically and poetically, with a hefty dose of all the delightful improvisation arts these worlds have to offer, SLaK steadfastly refuse to hop off.

ROOM 210: Imogen Kelly is a Sydney based performance artist, writer, director, producer known for her disembowelment of Showgirl genres. Hailing from the queer underground, Imogen is notoriously renowned as Australia’s Queen of Burlesque and was officially crowned World Queen of Burlesque in 2012 at the Burlesque Hall of Fame, Las Vegas.

ROOM 211: Joel Fenton is a contemporary dance theatre performer, choreographer, educator and producer. He has performed with Shaun Parker & Company, Tasdance, Devize Co and several independent artists. Joel completed his Master of Dance at VCA, focusing on the process of making contemporary dance theatre through his SITCOMS task based improvisation practice.

HOSTED BY Drew Fairley was absurdly trapped on a P&O cruise during the early months of the pandemic. He wrote Actual Cabin Actual Fever, an IGTV series during his ill-fated oceanic adventure. Previously he had worked as a director, writer, singer and more recently a composer/ sound designer both here and abroad.

  • Monday 12 April @ 6pm & 8pm
  • Tueday 13 April @ 6pm & 8pm

The Darlo Bar is located on the corner of Darlinghurst Rd and Liverpool St, Darlinghurst (entrance to the pub is on Darlinghurst Rd). Kings Cross train station is a 5-minute walk or the 311 bus stop is adjacent to the pub. Limited on-street metered parking is available around the venue.

  • Petite Suite is an intimate, promenade-style event which will run for a total of 60 minutes per session.
  • The performances take place in the hotel rooms above the pub which are only accessible via 2 flights of stairs.
  • 7 performances are presented inside each hotel room every ten minutes for a maximum of 5 people per room.
  • The hotel rooms are small spaces for live performance. Audience will be required to stand for the duration of each performance.
  • Audience will need to move through the intimate corridors to witness performances in different rooms of the hotel.
  • To mitigate social distancing all audience will be issued with mandatory face-masks to wear during the performances.

We consider the health and safety of our audiences, artists and staff our highest priority. In response to COVID-19, we ask you to: 

  • Stay home if you feel unwell (no cancellation fees apply).
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5ms from others where possible.
  • Sanitise your hands and register your attendance on entry.
  • Wear the face-mask we provide while inside the venue.
  • Switch the COVIDSafe app to “flight mode” with Bluetooth activated.

What we are doing to ensure you are COVIDSafe at Petite Suite:

  • Capping our total audience at 35 per session while restricting access to 5 people per hotel room.
  • Ensuring that artists and staff are well before they start work.
  • Sanitising all furniture and touchpoints prior to each session.
  • Providing all audience members with complimentary face-masks to wear while inside the venue.
  • Ensuring the venue is well ventilated where possible.

A copy of our COVID-Safe Plan is available for review via email to: [email protected]


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