I was sad to see Glitch bar and cinema on St George’s Rd closed when I walked past recently. I was a regular there when it first opened and a lot of fantastic shows were held there. Nelly Thomas’ Character Comedy began there, where I first saw comedians like Sam Simmons and Wilson Dixon.

glitch Glitch bar has closed

Perhaps the best show I saw there was a piece of interactive theatre, with a live band accompaniment, incorporating voyeuristic cinema. In the cinema room at the rear the screen showed vision from the front bar captured by hidden cameras. The band played while you watched the play being performed in the front bar, where the actors mingled with patrons as part of the performance.

The uniqueness of the work was created by the interactions in the front bar, where people entering may or may not have known the play was on. Oblivious randoms off the street became part of the performance, as was anyone from the cinema room returning to the front bar to get another drink.

Glitch bar has closed

4 thoughts on “Glitch bar has closed

  • 17 June 2010 at 10:42 am

    Hmmm, I wonder how many high density apartments they will be able to squeeze into this.

  • 20 June 2010 at 12:44 pm

    It’s still going to be a bar – it’s opening in a few weeks. I know one of the guys that bought it and they’re busy painting and decorating it right now. Fear not!

  • 28 July 2010 at 10:32 am

    It’s now called LongPlay – the cinema still exists!
    Adam is one of the new owners – ex Marios.
    Be there or be square.


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