Brand X’s performance showcase is back again with its 5th season. 13 new performance projects will take over the space at the East Sydney Community & Arts Centre during the weekends from January till May 2020.

The start of the season will be on Friday 31st of January with UFO, directed by Solomon Thomas, an original concept of theatre in miniature. Set on a 1:8 scale model golf course, this live videographic performance and piece of speculative fiction documents the real-time landing of an alien ship in a rural town, exploring how protocols break down in the face of the unknown.

Then, almost every weekend, a kaleidoscopic group of new ideas will be presented in front of a live audience for a limited season of 1 to 2 days per show. The collective of independent artists include emerging, established and returning local artists like female comedy ensemble FRUMPUS, choreographer and director Lucas Jervies or performer and digital artist Feras Shaheen

Including events for other Sydney festivals as Dance March and Mardi Gras, The Flying Nun will be hosting a variety of shows that goes from Dance to Theatre and everything in between: Drag, Puppetry, Music, Installations, Burlesque… An eclectic program where artists test and perfect new work, keeping fringe performance alive and accessible for Sydney audiences to experience in the heart of Darlinghurst.

This time, with thanks to City of Sydney and Create NSW, each project receives $1300 towards production and crew expenses for their show.

Wild, weird and experimental. Brand X brings back their performance showcase for 2020

Brand X’s Director James Winter explains that projects like The Flying Nun not only helps the arts community. “Night time economy and a diverse culture can be reactivated with programs like this one, helping local businesses like restaurants and bars with the audiences this program attracts to the area”, says James.

Flying Nun artist alumni Vashti Hughes added, "The opportunity of being a part of the Flying Nun developing my show has allowed me to create a work from concept to stage. This development was essential for the making of this piece which then went on to perform at the Brisbane Powerhouse to rave reviews".

This program supports independent and emerging artists to realize new ideas that provoke and push creative boundaries. The Flying Nun program exists to nurture concepts that the more conventional performance spaces are hesitant to run.

The intention of this program is to create a platform where the artist can take new ideas to the next level.

What: The Flying Nun Season 5
: 8:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 31 Jan till 9 Jun
Where: East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, 34 Burton Street Darlinghurst, Sydney, 2010
Tickets: General Admission $25