Curated and Produced by Urban Theatre Projects
Presented by Urban Theatre Projects & Sydney Festival


As the sun set over western Sydney, a suburban street in Bankstown transformed into a temporary foyer and backyards into temporary theatres as audiences gathered to experience world-class performance, film, music and installation created by international and Australian artists.

Set over 4 hours, audiences were invited to settle in for a story, relax on a deck chair, huddle round the hills hoist and tune into the sounds of contemporary suburban Australia.

Presented as part of Sydney Festival:

Watch a 30 minute documentary on the process of making Bankstown:Live:

BANKSTOWN:LIVE was made up of nine works:

Bankstown Bayanihan Hopping Spirit House — Alwin Reamillo (PHIL)
Songs from Northam Avenue — Toby Martin & guests (Aus)
The Tribe — by Mohammed Ahmad adapted for stage by Mohammed Ahmad and Janice Muller (Aus)
Bre & Back — Jenny Shillingsworth, Lily Shearer & Beverley Miranda (Aus)
Lullaby Movement — Sophia Brous & guests (Aus/UK)
Family Portraits — Joanne Saad  (Aus)
The Bankstown Dancing Project — Emma Saunders & guests (Aus)
Van  — Vinh Nguyen (Aus)
The Last Word — David Cranston, Michael Kamaleddine, Peter Polites, Robyn Schmitz, Gaele Sobott & Amanda Yeo (Aus)