The Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is where many of the performing companies have their rehearsal rooms as well as their administrative offices. The Sydney Dance Company generally performs in either the Opera House or the Theatre Royal. Until recently it was led by the legendary Graeme Murphy who is now creating shows for both the Australian Ballet (based at the Opera House) and Opera Australia (also based at the OH but with rooms down near Central Station).
The Sydney Theatre Company was given a massive filip last year when the reins were taken over by Andrew Upton and his wife, Cate Blanchett. On Saturday just gone, I was in the audience for "Elling" in the smallish Wharf 1 theatre. It was great fun. However, the hightlight of my drama-year will be when I see Her-Cate-ness as Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' "Street Car named Desire". This will be performed at a relatively new theatre which is on the other side of Hickson Road to the Wharves: The Sydney Theatre. This is a marvellous building and one of many in Sydney where it is impossible to get a bad seat!
To put all this into perspective, here is our lovely "coat-hanger" and the wharves span out from it like so many fingers! This shot was taken from the Walsh Bay ferry stop. Sydney people are fundamentally formed by this harbour: it infuses the hedonism deep within our psychological makeup.