Late Night Library

Late Night Library

Doors open for grown-up events

Let us entertain you at our libraries after dark, where we bring you the best in late night, adults only events and invite talented performers to question, challenge and experiment.

  • What’s on
  • Late Night Library: Crime Scenes
    Thursday 4 May 2017
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    For our first Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based storytellers Little Fictions. Over 6 nights, prepared to be entertained by a talented team of actors, artists and musicians who’ll bring local tales to life through a mix of original multimedia and live performance.

    According to Cluedo, the library is an ideal place for a crime… Colonel Mustard with a candlestick blah blah blah. We agree. Only the Little Fictions’ crime stories you’ll hear won’t be cosy whodunits. Former prison teachers turned fictionists, Mark O’Flynn and Julie Chevalier have written stories with a birds’ eye view of a restorative justice circle (‘A Lovely Outing’) and a prisoner’s first day of release (‘Meant’). Susan McCreery and Shady Cosgrove give bite-sized slices of crime in suburbia in ‘Call the Ambulance’, ‘Outlet’ and ‘Disturbance’ while Richard Holt’s ‘Bush Burial’ will send chills down your spine. We’ll play a few quick rounds of Exquisite Corpse to test our collective express-crime writing skills and then round off the evening with ‘I Hate Crime Fiction’, an old style radio play with a post-modern bent written by anti-realist Melbourne spoken word performer, Eddy Burger.

    Hosted by noir aficionado, Adam Norris and performed by Eleni Schumacher, Felix Johnson, Oscar Morphew and Lauren Hamilton Neill, this will be an engrossing and entertaining hour set in the mean streets of Haymarket.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.
    Late Night Library usually books out, so to avoid disappointment be sure to book for this event.

    Haymarket Library
    Thursday 4 May 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Grown Ups Do Show & Tell
    Wednesday 10 May 2017
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    For our second Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming with Sydney-based curator-producers Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell to present five unique and immersive performance experiences at Kings Cross Library.

    In Grown Ups Do Show & Tell, take a trip down someone else’s memory lane as six fabulous Sydney personalities take the stage to share some of their funniest childhood secrets. Love tokens, hidden diaries, awkward family photos, school projects made by parents. Nothing is off-limits as these brave grown-ups lead us back to a time when show and tell was part of the weekly grind and all they wanted was to be an adult.

    Our very special guests include Fauziah Ibrahim (freelance broadcast journalist), Jordan Raskopoulos (frontwoman for The Axis of Awesome), Sara Mansour (co-founder of Bankstown Poetry Slam), and Zan Rowe (host of triple j mornings).

    Grown Ups Do Show and Tell is the latest participatory performance work by award-winning live art collective Big One Little One. It’s sure to make you simultaneously laugh with recognition and squirm with uneasiness.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney, and presented in collaboration with Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell.

    Late Night Library events book out, so it is advised to reserve a place.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 10 May 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • It's In Our Blood
    Thursday 11 May 2017
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    Join us as poet and activist, Candy Royalle, presents three of her favourite Arab-Australian and Persian-Australian storytellers.

    Arab and Persian culture is rich with storytelling traditions. In fact, it is believed that the origins of professional storytelling originated in Mesopotamia. From the ancient Palestinian Hakawatis, travelling storytellers and news sharers to the classics like Khalil Gibran, there are many who still carry on this tradition of storytelling.

    In its seventh year, the City of Sydney’s Late Night Library is kicking goals creatively and continues to provide emerging creative producers an opportunity to explore and develop new work.

    In 2015 and 2016 Maeve Marsden developed work for Late Night Library that has gone on to receive 5 star reviews at Sydney Festival and has played to packed houses at festivals round the country. Her storytelling project, Queerstories, won Best Spoken Word at Sydney Fringe and is now a monthly event at Giant Dwarf. For our 2017 Late Night Library Specials series, we’re bringing Maeve back to present four compelling performances across the year.

    Her first for Late Night Library Specials series, It’s in Our Blood will bring together Arab-Australian and Persian-Australian storytellers weaving narratives of family, history, art, culture, politics and love.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Maeve Marsden.

    Be sure to book for this event – it will most definitely book out!

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 11 May 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: Dire Straits
    Thursday 18 May 2017
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    For our first Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based storytellers Little Fictions. Over 6 nights, prepare to be entertained by a talented team of actors, artists and musicians who’ll bring local tales to life through a mix of original multimedia and live performance.

    They really want this house but can they live with evicting the old lady? The professor’s politically incorrect emails have the university in spin. Her ex turns up at Bunnings with the new, younger wife. Euthanasia, peer pressure and the challenges of choosing anything from eggs to partners…. Little Fictions’ Dire Straits presents tales of people stuck on the horns of some very recognisable and awkward contemporary dilemmas. And we’ll be asking the audience to weigh in: Can you guess the outcome? What would you do…?

    Featuring short stories and microlit from five Australian authors including ‘Open for Inspection’ by Jon Steiner (The Last Wilkie’s and other stories), ‘Hardware’ by Susan McCreery (Loopholes), ‘Something from the Old School’ by Helen Richardson, ‘The Alternative Plan ‘ by Vivienne Plumb (small wonder) and ‘Salt’ by Pierz Newton-John (Fault Lines).

    Join MC Adam Norris and the talented actors Ella Watson-Russell, Joel Horwood and Lauren Hamilton Neill for this unique night of entertainment where you’ll be read to in the intimate atmosphere of the Glebe Library.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 18 May 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Late Night Library: Between the Stacks
    Wednesday 31 May 2017
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    For our second Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming with Sydney-based curator-producers Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell to present five unique and immersive performance experiences at Kings Cross Library.

    Between the Stacks is a new site-specific dance work by French-born Sydney-based choreographer and dancer Cloé Fournier, exploring the relationship between the built environment and the human body.

    Made especially for Late Night Library using the real and imagined history of Kings Cross Library and the site on which it stands, Between the Stacks will see the audience move from floor to floor, guided through the library by a nameless keeper of memories who offers vignettes of life in the moonlight.

    Playful, immersive, and just a little bit spooky, this will be unlike any other late night event in a library you’ve ever seen.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney, and presented in collaboration with Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell.

    There will be two sessions of this work presented on the same date, running approximately 35 minutes (8pm-8.35pm and 9pm-9.35pm)

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 31 May 2017 from 8pm to 9.30pm
  • Coming Out As Deaf
    Thursday 29 June 2017
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    Enjoy an evening of queer storytelling in Auslan, by Deaf members of the LGBTIQA+ community. Sharing stories about how their Deafness intersects with their sexuality and gender identity in unexpected (and often hilarious) ways, the evening will be presented in Auslan with interpreters for hearing audience members.

    What happens if a Deaf person falls in love with a hearing person who cannot sign? How do the quirks of Auslan – no gendered pronouns, no agreed sign for queer or intersex, signs for gender and parents and that are compound signs made from male and female- impact on how Deaf people define their gender identities and their sexual orientation? How does being Deaf change the experience of drag? Of being HIV+? Of using Grindr? Of navigating polyamorous relationships? Which is harder: coming out of the closet or coming out as being Deaf in a hearing-centric LGBTIQA+ world?

    Late Night Library: Coming Out As Deaf is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Maeve Marsden.

    In its seventh year, City of Sydney’s Late Night Library is kicking goals creatively and continues to provide emerging creative producers an opportunity to explore and develop new work.

    In 2015 and 2016 Maeve Marsden developed work for Late Night Library that has gone on to receive 5 star reviews at Sydney Festival and has played to packed houses at festivals round the country. Her storytelling project, Queerstories, won Best Spoken Word at Sydney Fringe and is now a monthly event at Giant Dwarf. For our 2017 Late Night Library Specials series, we’re bringing Maeve back to present four compelling performances across the year.

    Be sure to book for this event – it will most definitely book out!

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 29 June 2017 from 8pm to 9pm

Last updated: Wednesday, 16 November 2016