BYO Culture Guide July 16 - 22

This week, explore some of the exciting new improv performances in the bursting improv scene in Sydney. Also look at how art challenges the norm, what we are taught to believe about the environment and culture in some new exhibitions opening in Sydney.

Sketchy@Best: We back baby!

Some of Australia’s best comedians, writers and actors have 12 hours to create an entire sketch show from scratch! This group (Bridie Connell, Jack Scott, Emma Leonard, Edan B Lacy, Rebecca Lacey, Jessie Singh, Daniel Pavatich, Rodney Todd, Josh Magee, Beth McMullen, Orya Heather, Hayden Wright, Sarah Reuben, Wyatt Fredrick Nixon-Lloyd) will be triumphing against ‘the man’ which won’t be easy when ‘the man’ is Father Time.

July 21
Giant Dwarf
199 Cleveland St, Redfern

MCA Opening: Sun Xun

Sun Xun’s first solo exhibition in Australia includes some of his most important animated works made of ink paintings, charcoal drawings and woodcuts. His works highlight the absurd incongruities between authorised histories and personal recollections and look at how history can be manipulated.

July 17
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
140 George Street
The Rocks


This exhibition uses paper to explore the planetary impact of humankind now known as the Anthropocence. Terraformed considers the cultural experiences that come with changing landscapes and the interconnection within natural systems. It defies the common preconception that nature is separate to human experience.

July 19-29
220 Creative Space and Gallery
220 William Street

The Recidivists

The Recidivist is an original sketch and cabaret show by the comedy duo Mantaur (Rob Johnson and Harry Milas) and explores the absurd limits of human ambition. With elements of horror, time travel and carnival talent shows, this show will bring a unique brand of affectionate alienation.

July 19-21
Old Fitz Theatre
129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo

Pop - new work by Ian Thomas

While pop stars have different expressions, all were involved with low-brow commercial mass productions. Ian Thomas found himself using similar styles and techniques and creates a collection based around pop, brightness and happy things.

July 17
ART Gallery on Darling
315 Darling Street,