pick me up: a micro-festival of live art performance experiences

Photo by LM Foster

Photo by LM Foster

Finish the year with a pick-me-up as award-winning live art collective Big One Little One takes over The Wharf with a micro-festival showcasing highlights from their recent back catalogue and premiering a brand new work. Lose yourself in some wild and unique fun: go on a blind date, play Scrabble handcuffed, party hard while confetti falls, and receive some homespun (and handmade) life advice.

Formed in 2011 by former staff of Newcastle’s Tantrum Theatre, this Green Room Award-nominated companyhas since gone on to tour across Australia with its unique brand of big-hearted participatory live art experiences – Adelaide, Bathurst, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Launceston, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney – and now they’re keen to show off some of their favourite shows in a week-long program of fun and frivolity at ATYP.

Wednesday 30 Nov 2016 to Saturday 3 December 2016
ATYP Studio 1, The Wharf

Bookings: 02 9270 2400



The program:


Trust a stranger and lose yourself in this unique one-on-one experience.

Participants are placed at the centre of a unique creative process where they are blindfolded and led by their ‘date’ on an intimate sensory journey of discovery through the beating heart Sydney.

Blind Date was the first show created by Big One Little One, and premiered in Newcastle in 2011; it has since gone on to seasons in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin and Launceston. Blind Date was nominated for a 2011 Green Room Award and 2011 City of Newcastle Drama Award.

The experience runs for between sixty and eighty minutes. Performances are strictly limited to one audience member per session. Participants will be contacted directly by Big One Little One following booking to arrange the meeting place, so you will be required to provide your email address and contact number at the time of booking. Bookings close 24 hours prior to each session.

immersive, beautiful, eye-opening stuff”, The Advertiser (Adelaide)

Created and performed by Big One Little One

Date               Wed 30 Nov - Sat 3 Dec
Times             9:30am, 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm
Duration         60-80 minutes
Cost                $25 + booking fee (no discounts)
Bookings        HERE




Read the instructions. Join the queue. Pay your donation. Receive a balloon. Wait until it’s your turn. Knock on the door. Enter. Enjoy.

Confetti is a lightning-fast whirlwind of fun that you won’t forget any time soon. A micro-show for one person to experience at a time, Confetti is a dazzling and fun-filled encounter that will leave you giddy and breathless.

Confetti premiered at the 2013 Melbourne Fringe, where it played a sold-out three-week season at the Fringe Hub and received the Best Live Art Award. It has since gone on to seasons in Launceston (Junction Arts Festival) and Sydney (Village Bizarre at The Rocks). We’re thrilled to be bringing it back to Sydney and can’t wait to share the fun with you.

Created by Big One Little One. Performed by Mathew Lee, Jasmine Skye Payne and Chloe Perrett. 

 “the most unmissable experience (of the Fringe)”, Aussie Theatre.com (Melbourne)                                                           

Date              Wed 30 Nov – Sat 3 Dec
Times             6pm-9pm
Cost               Pay What You Want (gold coin + notes only) 
Bookings       Door sales only
Restricted to audiences aged 18 and over – ID must be suppled prior to entry.



Grab a coffee, sit back and relax, perform the show…

Words don’t always come easily…

You know that feeling you get when you’re on holiday, like nothing and everything matters, all at the same time? Two strangers meet and connect. But now it’s days later. She wants to leave. He needs her more than ever.

Talk is small: a play with Scrabble is inspired by the work of Rotozaza (UK). Strangers are given instructions for words to speak and actions to carry out. There are no performers, no audience members – just the participants, performing the work for themselves.

Arrive fifteen minutes before your session and order a drink. Choose which side of the table you want to be. Sit down, put on your headphones, and follow the instructions which unravel the secrets of your character.

The show works well when you’re sitting with a stranger, but if you want to experience the show with a friend, book the whole session!

Talk is small… was originally commissioned by Bren while he was Artistic Director of Tantrum Theatre in Newcastle – Nel was a participant in Tantrum’s Emerging Writers Program, and this was the second work she developed as part of it. Talk is small… premiered at the 2010 National Young Writers’ Festival and received a City of Newcastle Drama Award nomination for Best New Work.

Created by Big One Little One. Written by Penelope Kentish.

Date                Wed 30 Nov – Sat 3 Dec
Times              10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Duration         30 minutes
Cost                $20/$15                                                                   
Bookings        HERE



What did you want to be when you grew up?

We always wanted to be professional dancers is a joyful celebration of childhood dreams and second chances, a variety-style show with the look of a backyard concert (minus the bored parents) that will have you reaching for the phone to Google the next advanced beginners classes in tap, classical and modern jazz.

Joining two of BOLO’s core members, Nel and Rachel, will be a veritable treasure trove of all-singing, all-dancing superstars who are warmed up and waiting to give their fantasies a no-holds-barred, all-in, red hot go!

We always wanted to be professional dancers is the latest show by Big One Little One, and our first in a theatre! The show premiered in Bathurst in September before a season at Crack Theatre Festival in Newcastle.

We engaged local community choirs and dance schools to perform in both seasons, and now we’re looking for some local Sydney talent! If you’re interested in joining us for this fun experience, email us at bigonelittle@gmail.com for more information.

Created by Big One Little One. Performed by Rachel Jackett, Penelope Kentish, with special guests Debra Griffiths, Can Beltos Choir, and youth dancers from Sydney Dance Company.

Date               Wed-Sat
Time               7pm
Duration         80 minutes
Cost                $25/ or $20 with discount
Bookings        HERE