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An ongoing series of short, smart and surprising events from independent creators. Each one is handpicked to give you the chance to witness captivating visions and true artistry, stripped back to its most breathtaking core.

Upcoming UnWrapped

Digital Season

Watch the premiere film release of the original digital works created by independent local artists as a part of the Sydney Opera House's Digital Mentorship Program. Featuring works from Anya McKee (Dance Makers Collective), Victoria Hunt and Roslyn Helper.
What does it mean to be an ally to people of colour? Why is it important to remove blackface from our streaming services? And what can the creative sector do to advance racial equity? Diversity Arts Australia and the British Council are proud to host this timely conversation in partnership with Sydney Opera House to launch the Creative Equity Toolkit.


Margaret Leng Tan toys with the limits of theatre

Experimental piano pioneer Margaret Leng Tan has made her theatre debut – at the age of 74

The confronting power of ‘soft sci-fi’

The creators of Stranger Things-esque 'The Irresistible' let go of reality to undermine oppression.

A Guide to UnWrapped September

The inventive, eclectic and extraordinary performances that make up this September's UnWrapped program.

An artist’s brush with death

Artist Lara Thoms met funeral director Scott Turnbull at a ‘Funeral Party’ in 2016... Turns out they were a match made in heaven.

Ghenoa Gela's powerful, political dance

The Torres Strait Mainlander breaks the stereotypes of dance.

That's a Wrap

We talk to the artists behind UnWrapped, the Opera House's series exploring under-appreciated gems of the Australian arts scene.

Past performances

March 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)


Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep

18 Mar 2020 - 20 Mar 2020

CANCELLED: New music icon Margaret Leng Tan, who gained fame as the world's first toy piano virtuoso, presents a work that sweeps across the senses. Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is a sonic portrait of a woman, and an evocative exploration of memory, time, control and loss.
Bold Inspiring Electric

Me and My Mother, Singing

21 Mar 2020 - 22 Mar 2020

CANCELLED: A man searches for his father in paintings of freshly fallen snow. A man tries to ask questions his memory won't allow. A man only finds home in voice messages.
Bold Inspiring Electric


25 Mar 2020 - 29 Mar 2020

CANCELLED: Choreographic visionary and dance artist Jo Lloyd brings her critically acclaimed new work to Sydney. This playful performance explores the unrequited and the unattainable, the objects of our obsessions and the lost heroes we will never know.
Bold Inspiring Electric

September 2019


The Irresistible

11 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019

Wild creatures. Plane crashes. Mysterious happenings. Stranger Things meets Twin Peaks in this binge-worthy scifi thriller. Direct from Dark Mofo, this is your chance to experience an other-worldly live performance that is simply irresistible.
Bold Inspiring Electric

High Performance Packing Tape

18 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019

Gripping tension. Inescapable suspense. Mind-bending predicaments. Experience beyond edge of your seat theatre as artist Lee Wilson pushes his self-made obstacle course past the breaking point. Cardboard boxes, balloons and packing tape – a DIY dream.
Bold Inspiring Electric
Talks & Ideas

You're Safe Til 2024

Sat 14 Sep

Humanity is at a crossroads and planetary climate disaster is looming. What, exactly, can we do about it? And what does it mean to be living in the midst of all this? Artist David Finnigan asks the hard questions and merges science with theatre in this unlikely documentary of sounds, stories and beats.
Bold Inspiring Electric
Talks & Ideas


Sun 15 Sep

In this intimate performance lecture, award winning Australian performer Rosalind Crisp explores the potential of dance as a medium to embody, capture and connect with stories of environmental destruction.
Bold Inspiring Electric

Festival UnWrapped 2019

Musical Theatre

Yma Sumac: The Peruvian Songbird

3 & 4 May

Prepare for your jaw to drop in wonder as opera star Ali McGregor's extraordinary voice brings a lost musical icon back to life. From the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows, you do not want to miss this captivating cabaret.
Bold Inspiring Electric

PARTY (verb)

10 & 11 May

Legendary photographer. Sydney chronicler. Writer. William Yang presents imagery from his vast archive to deliver an emotive, educational photographic lecture, set to throbbing beats.
Eye opening Bold Inspiring

My Urrwai

9 - 12 May

Dance. Comedy. Storytelling and more. If you don't know Ghenoa Gela, it's time to get in the know. This incredible Australian artist is sharing her story in the humorous, irreverent and moving, My Urrwai.
Eye opening Bold Political


16 May 2019 - 19 May 2019

Dance breaks. Killer vocals. Seriously powerful women. Join five kick-ass millennials in this captivating call to action about the critical issues of our times. An unmissable theatrical experience.
Compelling Bold Inspiring

The Director

15 May 2019 - 19 May 2019

Are you ready to die? Death, cremation, contracts and coffins. Nothing is off limits in this bold new performance by Australian artist Lara Thoms and ex-funeral director Scott Turnbull.
Eye opening Insightful Bold
Join the artists of Festival UnWrapped in a panel discussion on how they shape their own lived experience into performance.
Intimate Engaging Revealing

August 2018



08 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018

One of Australia’s most fearless dance companies, Lucy Guerin Inc. bring their award-winning production for a strictly limited season. Get tickets for Split now.
Compelling Bold

Ich Nibber Dibber

15 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018

From piercings and parties to marriage and motherhood, celebrate a lifetime of friendship in this hilarious new theatre work by acclaimed performance trio, post. Get tickets for Ich Nibber Dibber now.
Laugh Out Loud Playful Entertaining
No maps, charts or diagrams - explore climate change with a panel of prominent Australian artists and advocates in an afternoon of conversation, performance and installation. Register now.
Eye opening Sensory Topical
Native Tongue is a raw and intimate performance by Mojo Juju and her band. Sharing stories and songs from her soon to be released album - it’s honest, emotional, straight from the heart. Get tickets for Mojo Juju: Native Tongue now.
Inspiring Political

May 2018


A Faint Existence

10 May 2018 - 13 May 2018

Acclaimed Australian dancer-choreographer performs in her solo debut — a powerful contemporary work exploring impermanence, fragility and mortality. Kristina Chan performs in UnWrapped: a series of contemporary performances by remarkable Australian artists.
Intimate Insightful Energising

Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin

10 May 2018 - 13 May 2018

With two of Australia’s rising cabaret stars at the helm, you will stumble and soar through tales of love and women, gin and secrets. Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood perform in UnWrapped: a series of contemporary performances by remarkable Australian artists.
Laugh Out Loud Cerebral Thrilling


09 May 2018 - 13 May 2018

Personal is a performance exploring the experience of being only hearing person in a Deaf family. Jodee Mundy performs in UnWrapped: a series of contemporary performances by remarkable Australian artists.
Insightful Moving Heart Warming

Two Jews walk into a theatre...

09 May 2018 - 13 May 2018

Whether doting or distant, joker or tyrant, a father is a terrible weight to carry around. Gideon Obarzanek and Brian Lipson perform in UnWrapped: a series of contemporary performances by remarkable Australian artists.
Compelling Entertaining Moving

Artist and Sector Development

The Sydney Opera House's Artist & Sector Development program aims to support local Australian artists, small companies and producers through presentation platforms and unique professional development opportunities. The program also offers opportunities and capacity building through mentorship and training.

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