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Fair Day Official After Party

Fair Day Official After Party

Join us at Mardi Gras Central’s Festival Club for the official Fair Day after-party, where very special guests will delight partygoers with pop-up performances while our esteemed DJs will fill the floor with the ultimate dance and party tunes until the early hours. $5 or entry with a Mardi Gras Central show ticket for 17 February.

 

Mardi Gras Festival Club

Mardi Gras Festival Club

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Seymour Centre present:

At the centre of this year’s Mardi Gras will be the official late-night festival club where everybody is welcome. Each night will be a party at the Festival Club where we will feature Sydney’s best DJs and artists, pop-up performances by festival guests and special events. With chillout areas and a dance floor, the Festival Club will be the place to meet friends, make new ones, create festival memories and have an absolute ball. Full details to be announced!

$5 entry on Sunday 17 February for Fair Day After Party

 

The Courtyard

The Courtyard

With its outdoor bar, food trucks, big trees and fairy lights, the Seymour Courtyard is the perfect summer spot to meet friends for a drink and a bite to eat before seeing a show.

The Courtyard will also feature the Courtyard Sessions – a series of free outdoor concerts bby emerging local LGBTQI musicians. Full lineup to be announced.

 

Club Briefs

Club Briefs

Australia’s favourite trash glamour disco circus is coming back to town for Mardi Gras. Cult cabaret hooligans and mischief-makers Briefs present a wild romp of disco dancing, circus, variety, and burlesque featuring a hand-picked selection of guests from across the world of queer cabaret. Expect a pumping soundtrack with your favourite dance oor smashes and ridiculous performances from the Briefs boys plus a cavalcade of hand-selected guest cabaret and circus artists.

Stomp it out on the catwalk, dance until late, laugh until you ache and experience the club night that spawned the international touring sensation Briefs. Briefs pays homage to the traditions of circus, the extremities of physical theatre, the artistry of drag, the guts of burlesque, the imagery of theatre, the debauchery of speakeasies and the showmanship of cabaret. The company uses the circus and variety format as a vehicle for engaging audiences, challenging stereotypes, and exploring notions of gender, sexual orientation, race and politics.

 

The Moors

The Moors

Siren Theatre Co and Seymour Centre present:

A hyper-theatrical and kinky homage to the Brontës; this play is about female power and what it is to write your own story. Two sisters and a dog live on the bleak English moors, and dream of love, power and notoriety. The arrival of a governess, the pointed schemes of a scullery maid, and the musings of a moorhen set this odd assembly on a strange and dangerous path.

A cleverly crafted black comedy about love, desperation, and visibility, The Moors is a brilliant new work by Jen Silverman, a fresh new voice who takes chances. From the company who made The Trouble with Harry, this is a play of subversive edginess toppling the male-oppressed milieus of the Brontës and taking strong, passionate female characters to new heights.

 

Playlist

Playlist

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Siren Theatre Co and Seymour Centre present:

A peek, taste and celebration of new works by LGBTQIA+ writers. Where are the new gay Australian plays written, what are the stories and how are they told?

PLAYLIST is a selection of writers, theatre-makers and new talent who tell bold, unique LGBTQIA+ stories on stage for audiences hungry for new voices. Join us for a day of readings, pitches, presentations and performances with some special guests along the way! PLAYLIST is a partnership between Seymour Centre, Mardi Gras and Siren Theatre Co which celebrates the creation and development of original Australian theatre with a LGBTQIA+ focus.

 

The Rise and Fall of Saint George

The Rise and Fall of Saint George

By Paul Mac and Lachlan Philpott

George was a pioneer. A trailblazer. An icon. He was our saint. To celebrate the life of our much-loved star, a beautiful mural appeared across a wall in the Inner West. It became a local shrine, bringing a smile to the faces of thousands of commuters who passed every day on the train. It stood for eleven months with no hint of complaint or controversy. The dark forces unleashed and forced upon our community by the Marriage Equality campaign changed that. One day after we heard YES, a day to celebrate and heal after the divisive campaign, the mural was destroyed in a series of attacks.

Two of Australia’s leading queer artists, pop icon Paul Mac and playwright Lachlan Philpott, have teamed up to tell the story of St George through the eyes of our community. This is a special opportunity to see this work as it is being made. Join Paul Mac and a choice selection of collaborators from across his career and a community choir for a sneak peek of this big new work. The Rise and Fall of St George is a celebration of our achievements, a thank you to the allies who supported us, and an urgent call to arms to never let these hard-won freedoms go in these dark times. After the show, a Q&A will involve the audience in a discussion about creating work inspired by real events, and how Paul’s music will continue to be informed by the experience.

 

Bent Burlesque

Bent Burlesque

Featuring stars of the Vienna Boylesque Festival
Directed by Imogen Kelly
Hosted by Yana Alana

Over two spectacular nights, the inaugural Bent Burlesque will feature the crème de la crème of international and national queer burlesque artists. This is going to be Sydney’s number one event to experience the ever-bending and outrageous world of fabulous queer burlesque. Featuring direct from the Vienna Boylesque Festival, Jacques Patriaque (Vienna), Mr Gorgeous (New York) and Isaiah & Johnny (Portland USA) in a fruit cocktail of some of the very best and emerging artists of Australia’s bent burlesque scene, including Australian circus superstar Jess Love. Your host for this tantalising trip into the world of burlesque queens and kings is the award-winning queen of queer cabaret Yana Alana.

With an incredible and powerful voice, Yana is a diva in the true sense – brave, brash, unapologetic and larger than life. Expect underground cabaret, music, circus, satire, drag and performance art with a wild and eclectic mix of different acts each night. For ages 18+ Full line-up to be announced at mardigras.org.au

 

Cake Daddy

Cake Daddy

Performed by Ross Anderson-Doherty
Written by Ross Anderson-Doherty & Lachlan Philpott
Directed by Alyson Campbell

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in association with Theatre Works and wreckedAllprods present A delicious new interactive cabaret banquet, Cake Daddy will plunge you belly-deep inside one gorgeous queer man’s experience of fat/ness, laying bare both the fortitude and fabulosity required to step into the world as a fat person today. Cake Daddy is about being fat in a fat-phobic world. It’s about owning the word fat and refusing the scare-mongering and hatred-inspiring messages about an epidemic of obesity. It’s about not apologising for taking up space, not trying to diet, not trying to make oneself quiet, not trying to change one's body size. Ross Anderson-Doherty invites you into his world, one that veers like a set of dieter’s scales between the lightness of Cake Daddy and the heavy weight of public opinion.

For ages 16+

This event is supported by the British Council and Arts Council NI

 

The Butch Monologues

The Butch Monologues

Written by Laura Bridgeman
Directed by Julie McNamara
Developed by The Drakes, a London-based group of butches, transmen and gender rebels

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in association with Theatre Works present: 

A powerful and often humorous collection of secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire taken from interviews with butches, masculine women, gender rebels and transmen living world-wide. Based on the true stories of butch-identified women living in the UK, Europe, USA, Caribbean and now Australia, this work offers fresh language and intonation on butch beginnings, butch desire and desirability, butch bravado and vulnerability, butch-on-femme sex, butch-on-butch sex, switches, stones, butch as a trap, the butch body, violence, heroes and clothing.

Reference to sexual violence, drug use, coarse language, sexual references, suicide, S&M sex

Suitable for ages 14+.

 

KING

KING

SHAUN PARKER & COMPANY and Seymour Centre present:

KING is a new music-dance collaboration between award-winning director/choreographer Shaun Parker and internationally renowned Bulgarian-born songwriter/vocalist Ivo Dimchev.

Set in a theatrical world that is part cocktail lounge, part jungle, KING interrogates the notion of male power, control and group dynamics amongst men. Teasing out patterns of behaviour of the cis-hetero-alpha-male against homosexual, bisexual and pansexual perspectives, Parker’s highly physical and articulate choreographic world in KING will be intertwined with the scorching live sung narration of Dimchev’s deconstructed cabaret-esque vocals. The key protagonist and archetype in KING will be observed as a naked man, which will be created by, and instructed by Dimchev as the work progresses, and we shall witness the male body as a commodity for observation. Dimchev, as the gender-neutral narrator, creates a kingdom of men commenting on toxic masculinity.

The juxtaposition of Dimchev’s androgynous counter tenor vocal narration against the male dominated world created in KING, will provide a compelling counterpoint to the notion of power and brutality found within the context of historic masculinity and socio-sexual-political structures. KING shall deliver a biting, yet humorous theatrical expose, giving a well-deserved ‘nod’ to a society in revolt against an exhausted patriarchy. Full frontal nudity, violence, adult themes and sexual references.

Recommended ages 16+

 

Mardi Gras Central

Mardi Gras Central

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Seymour Centre present:

Get ready to be entertained and inspired at Mardi Gras Central. Our 2019 Festival hub is a wild mix of queer performance, theatre, music, dance, circus, cabaret and burlesque. Over 12 nights leading up to the Mardi Gras Parade, the Seymour Centre’s theatres, foyers and courtyard will be transformed, providing a welcoming space to share, celebrate and explore diverse queer identities through performance.

Featuring:

CLUB BRIEFS
THE RISE AND FALL OF SAINT GEORGE
KING
THE BUTCH MONOLOGUES
BENT BURLESQUE
THE MOORS
PLAYLIST
CAKE DADDY

Experience unmissable performances from world-class local and international LGBTQI artists, grab a bite, enjoy a drink, then head upstairs to the late night Festival Club. Mardi Gras Central is the place to be seen, don’t be the one who misses out.

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