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Old Fitzroy Theatre

Address: 129 Dowling St Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Phone: 02 9294 4296
Email: manager@oldfitzroy.com.au

Tags: musicals, drama

An independent new writing theatre company, Tamarama Rock Surfers is focused on the presentation and development of new work from the local artists. They showcase their productions in two of Sydney’s most iconic venues: The Bondi Pavilion and The Old Fitzroy Theatre, as they aim to give access to their audiences and the emerging artists as well.

The Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company operates two sub-businesses. First, it is a production company and has produced a number of new Australian works at Stables Theatre, The Old Fitzroy Hotel, and The Opera House. The Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre has produced creations of many notable Australian playwrights such as Toby Schmitz, Brendan Cowell, Sue Smith, Suzie Miller, and John A D Fraser.

Also, TRS manages the The Bondi Pavilion Theatre and the Old Fitzroy Theatre. They act as a parent company for many young, independent Australian theatre groups and thousands of new artists since they started in 1997. Currently, the company has showcased work to more than 90,000 punters and has shown more than 140 presentations, which include premieres of more than 50 new plays.

Every year the Old Fitzroy Theatre presents about 12 main stage productions and The Bondi Pavilion shows six main stage presentations. Other than these main stage productions, the two theatres feature Late Session shows, scratch nights, mini festivals, community events, play reading nights, drama workshops and hire functions. Submissions open every year, as they encourage new companies to audition their shows for the main stage season in any of the two venues.

Tamarama Rock Surfers, as resident theatre company of The Old Fitzroy Hotel, are the proud winners of Sydney's Best Theatre in a Bar 2010 Sydney's Best Awards!

"Home to independent theatre company, The Tamarama Rock Surfers, the intimate theatre in the Old Fitzroy Hotel is the perfect venue if you are after the whole experience..."

Since 1997, The Old Fitzroy Hotel has been home to one of Sydney’s first independent live theatre companies: The Tamarama Rock Surfers. Started by a group of actors looking to establish a venue for new and underground productions, the Rock Surfers have played an essential role in the development of the city’s independent theatre reputation. To date it has catered for over 88,000 punters and housed more than 133 shows, including the premieres of over 53 new Australian plays. It has produced work of such notable Australian playwrights as Brendan Cowell, Toby Schmitz, Sue Smith and Suzie Miller.

Each year, the Old Fitzroy Theatre hosts up to 12 main stage productions. These run for approximately four weeks from Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 5pm. Every September, during the eight week submission process, the competition to fill these slots is fierce and the standard of work is as good as independent theatre gets anywhere in the world.

For over a decade the Old Fitzroy and the Tamarama Rock Surfers have been helping young Australian performers, writers, designers, technicians and directors to grow and develop while putting on a top show for Sydney’s theatre goers.

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