The Red Rattler Theatre Inc is on the Gadigal peoples land of the Eora Nation. We offer respect to all the Gadigal people past and present.
The Rat is a not-for-profit, artist and activist run warehouse venue and artists’ studios, operating on the support of a team of volunteers.
The Red Rattler was founded in 2008 and opened legally in 2009 as a creative playground for performers, musicians, artists, designers, multi-media makers, experimentalists, film-makers, theorists, activists, collective organisers, and local punters. It is fitted with a full PA, stage, LED lighting rig, projector and screen, licensed bar, roof-top garden, a subsidised arts office and artist in residency studio.
The Rat was the realisation of a collective dream of five local queer artists who wanted to create a legal warehouse venue to showcase alternative Sydney arts, performance and grassroots activism. The five 'Rats' had been hosting events for years at many of the illegal inner-city and inner-west warehouse spaces that have been shut down over the years (Lanfranchis, Space 3, love hotel, and many temporary squatted zones), and dreamed of creating an accessible venue that held all relevant licences to stay open, and would not be at the mercy of high rents and developers.