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New life for the Old Fitzroy and
Sydney Independent Theatre Company

The Old Fitzroy Theatre, attached to the iconic Old Fitzroy Hotel in Woolloomooloo, is about to enter a new era. Garry Pasfield, proprietor of The Old Fitz, announced the appointment of Sydney Independent Theatre Company (SITCO) today as the new residents and managers of the theatre. SITCO will build a year round program for the venue, comprising of theatre and a range of other entertainment including music, cabaret, comedy and film festivals.

Established in 2011 by Julie Baz and David Jeffrey and sister to Sydney Shakespeare Festival, SITCO aims to entertain, challenge and inspire audiences with performances that are accessible, affordable and - most importantly - a really fun night out. "We are thrilled to be given this unique opportunity to take on this intimate theatre with its wonderfully creative atmosphere and great reputation in the arts and the wider community," said Baz, SITCO’s artistic director.

The theatre being attached to a pub was also a major part of the appeal for SITCO. All performances will include a meal and show offer, an interval and opportunities for the audience to chat with performers after the show. "We love it that we’ll be able to offer our audiences a complete night out including dinner, drinks, fun catching up with friends and of course a great show," said Baz.

SITCO’s appointment comes after the departure of the previous theatre management from the venue last month after 16 years. "I am committed to retaining the theatre as a performance venue," said Pasfield. "Over the years we’ve had many opportunities to do something else with the space, but we stayed with the theatre format because The Old Fitz is an iconic Sydney pub: it is a part of the community, and this is our way of contributing to the Sydney Arts Scene."

SITCO also plan to remodel the stage to make it more versatile for its incoming events. "We plan to build on the theatre’s incredible legacy, while injecting our own unique vision and style into a diverse range of entertainment," said Jeffrey, SITCO’s technical director. "The improved layout will enable us to seek out collaborations with a new generation of Sydney’s independent and emerging performing artists."

SITCO kicks off at the Old Fitzroy Theatre on 30 April 2013 with the Sydney premiere of Something Natural But Very Childish by Gary Abrahams, a wicked comedy inspired by and based on the stories of Katherine Mansfield. There are still some openings available for 2013, but they are quickly filling, with some marvelous future offerings including SITCO/Cupboard Love coproduction Say Hello First in July, a new verbatim work exploring modern courting and all the grey areas we can’t define, devised and performed by Danielle Maas and Joseph Kernahan; a film festival in August; a range of comedy, cabaret and performance as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival in September; and Sydney Shakespeare Festival reinvented for the The Old Fitz by new artistic director, Richard Hilliar in November.

For information about upcoming shows and to book tickets, visit the Sydney Independent Theatre Company website: www.sitco.net.au, call 1300 307 264 or email admin@sitco.net.au Media enquiries

Media enquiries - contact Julie Baz on 0428 032 838 or email julie@sitco.net.au