Everything But The Kitchen Sink Fest is Sydney’s newest arts festival and the first and only dedicated theatre festival made for Sydney’s inner west. It is a five day extravaganza centred around four shows created by some of the most exciting new voices on the Sydney stage, all performed each night as a series of triple bills.
The festival grew out of a conversation in 2021 between actors and theatre makers Toby Blome and Emma O’Sullivan about their experience at Perth and Adelaide Fringe. They spoke at length about how there wasn’t a similar arts event in Sydney that really energised a specific place with a vast array of the kind of low- budget, high-concept theatre they love. And so, Kitchen Sink Fest was born, an effort to bring that same atmosphere to Marrickville and our harbour city. Initially the festival was attached to Sydney Fringe 2021 as a festival-within-a-festival, but then COVID struck.
From May 10-14 the festival will take over Marrickville’s Flight Path Theatre. Each night will play host to three short shows performed back to back, each one a striking contrast in tone, style and form to the one that came before it, as well as an art exhibition in the foyer from local makers that plays to the same tune. The festival living up to its name.