Local landmarks feature at Little Fictions
Homeownership has been such a hot topic throughout Sydney for so long that it is almost a cliché with the constant banter about smashed avocado, millennials, and empty nesters. Little Fictions Productions took a fresh look at this vexed issue in its recent show Derision For Home Ownership Won’t Save You, staged in Chippendale’s Knox St Bar on May 1 as part of the Sydney Writers Festival.
The title piece was a feisty spoken-word item by local writer Emma Rose Smith. As well as commenting on some of the changes taking place in Newtown, it challenged people to reflect on what the term “home ownership” means on Gadigal land.
Indigenous poet Brenda Saunders performed her newly penned piece on her childhood memories of visiting Chippendale and Redfern.
Local author Jon Steiner’s story “Open for Inspection” showed some young, prospective buyers coming face to face with the elderly and frail occupants they are about to evict.
Producer and Chippendale resident, Bronwyn Mehan, said the evening was thought provoking and entertaining. “Inner-city tales from the past and present featured local landmarks and people – including a Darlington flâneur, a cold case from Camperdown Park, Greek biscuits from Australia Street, a grief-stricken lesbian in Erko, hipster house-hunters in Sydenham and an Italian-speaking cat!”
ABC journalist and Chippendale resident Monique Schafter was MC of the show, which included works by Jen Craig, Jon Steiner, Julie Chevalier, Anne Maree Apanski, Hilary Hewitt and Tess Pearson. Little Fictions’ actors Felix Johnson, Ella Watson-Russell and Lauren Hamilton Neill, as well as guest musician, Lax Charisma, brought new writing to life at one of Chippendale’s grooviest small bars.
Little Fictions is produced by local publisher, Spineless Wonders. Live recordings of Little Fictions’ shows can be heard on podcasts, downloadable from the Spineless Wonders’ website, and soon on community radio.