Oddball comedy is just the tip of the iceberg here.
When The Chaser's production company, Giant Dwarf, secured the event space previously known as Cleveland Street Theatre, it wasn't sure it would last past the two-year lease. Well, that lease came and went, and while the performance space has since moved a little ways down the road, it's now considered one of the most popular in the city.
Giant Dwarf focuses on those funny-shaped hybrids of comedy, storytelling and performance that have become popular on the Sydney scene: events like Story Club, Queerstories and erotic fan fiction found permanent homes here after a previously nomadic existence. There are political debates, think-pieces and album launches. Professionals, comedians and emerging talent use the venue to trial fresh material before festival circuits kick off.
But the space doesn't begin and end at live performances. The venue is available for hire as a rehearsal space, green screen studio and events. Improv Theatre Sydney runs its improvisation and performance workshops out of Giant Dwarf as well, indicating an ongoing commitment from the venue to foster creative talent.