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Nominated for five 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Falsettos is an hilarious and poignant look at a modern family revolving around the life of a gay man Marvin, his wife, his lover, his soon to be bar mitzvah’d son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door.

It is a seamless pairing of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, acclaimed Off-Broadway musicals written nearly a decade apart. Originally created under the spectre of the AIDS crisis, this timely musical about middle class family dynamics manages to remain buoyant and satirically perceptive even as it moves towards its heartbreaking conclusion.

Whitney and Me

Whitney and Me

This episodic drag dance theatre tragedy set in a public living room will recreate the unrealistic reality of a lifelong love affair with all things Whitney Houston.

Performed by Lucas Jervies.
Created with Hugh O’Connor and Harriet Gillies. Mentor Imara Savage.

Lucas Jervies is an Australian choreographer and director working across ballet, contemporary dance, cabaret, opera and theatre. In Australia, Lucas has created dance for companies such as The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet and Opera Australia. Internationally, he has created dance for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Louisville Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Korzo Theatre Den Haag, Noverre Society Stuttgart Ballet and CoDarts Rotterdam University for the Arts. Lucas has held positions as Affiliate Director at Griffin Theatre, Artistic Director of Buzz Dance Theatre, Rehearsal Director at Sydney Dance Company and co-director of JACK productions. He was Assistant Director to Neil Armfield on Sydney Theatre Company’s King Lear, and Assistant Director to Imara Savage on Sydney Theatre Company’s Hay Fever.

Heartbreaker Sydney 2020

Heartbreaker Sydney 2020

It feels so GOOD to be BAD. Heartbreaker Sydney partners up with Lemons with a Twist to celebrate Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 with an exclusive LGBTQI+ dance party over two floors of the iconic Oxford Hotel.

Featuring an ALL FEMALE line of up of world renowned DJs, live vocalists and drag acts it’s the perfect way to celebrate with friends this Mardi Gras eve.

Queerstories: Western Sydney

Queerstories: Western Sydney

Enter the raucous, radical and wildly funny world of Queerstories and listen to an unexpected tale or two from some of Australia’s finest LGBTQI+ storytellers.

Hosted by Maeve Marsden, with Enoch Mailangi, Liam Benson, Gary Paramanathan, Rebekah Robertson, Francisco Lopez and Danni Wright.

Fast becoming an institution around the country, Queerstories returns to Riverside Theatres, Parramatta for the third year running. Join host Maeve Marsden and an eclectic line up of stars and strangers for an evening of our city’s queerstories, unexpected tales of lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour. The LGBTQI+ community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating our own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family and community.

In its usual home in Redfern, Queerstories has been selling out every month for more than three years, bringing storytellers from all walks of life to the stage. Funny, moving, surprising and engaging, the stories from Queerstories are also available on the award-winning podcast and in a collection of stories published by Hachette in 2018. This event is Auslan interpreted.

Sandy Bottoms Disco on the Green

Sandy Bottoms Disco on the Green

Every year the inner west comes to celebrate Mardi Gras, diversity and family with a good old fashioned Disco On The Green.

Join Sandy Bottom and her Stella 'Drag Girlfriends' as she welcomes everyone to recover over a good old fashioned meat raffle, special shows on the green, International DJs and Sandy's 'Poof Bowling' on the green. Dance, laugh and be with friends as we celebrate another wonderful gay year.

Divas Forever

Divas Forever

Join the queen of the lounge acts, Gayna Tension in her celebration of the world’s most iconic leading ladies.

In true Gayna style, audiences will be dazzled as she takes on the persona of the greats including Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and Shirley Bassey. As well as Gayna’s show stopping vocal abilities performed live, you can’t help but be starstruck, feeling as though you are truly in the presence of the goddesses themselves.

A recent finalist on Australia’s Got Talent and with decades of experience, Gayna Tension is the perfect host for every celebration, especially during Sydney’s Mardi Gras! She astounds audiences with her vivacious vocals and will undoubtedly have the entire bar in laughter through her wit and effervescent personality. Doors open at 7pm with Gayna Tension as the world’s finest dazzling divas from 8pm.

Start spreading the news, join Gayna over the rainbow and let’s get the party started! Celebrate with Gayna Tension, as each night she brings you two of the world’s finest dazzling divas:

February 20, 26 – There is Nothing like a Dame Shirley Bassey and Julie Andrews
February 21, 27 – Diva with a D Liza Minnelli and Bette Midler
February 22, 28 – When Stars Collide Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand

The John Rowe Show

The John Rowe Show

Following a sensational season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, John brings his lounge room back home to Sydney. Get your silly on, get your groove on and come out in style at The John Rowe Show.


Join John and his live band in this kitschy kool lounge room party chat show. With his favourite vintage tea set, his mum’s best doilies and a plate of iced donuts, John pulls out all the stops to entertain his guests with a fabulously fun mix of groovy music, daggy dancing, silly segments and internet frivolity. Throw in a surprise visit from a celebrity guest and you’ve got yourself a night of unforgettable fun.

Our Blood Runs in the Street

Our Blood Runs in the Street

‘Our blood runs in the streets and in the parks and in casualty and in the morgue...
‘Our own blood, the blood of our brothers and sisters, has been spilt too often…
‘Our blood runs because in this country our political, educational, legal and religious systems actively encourage violence against us…
‘We are gay men and lesbians.’
- From the ‘One in Seven’ Manifesto, Sydney Star Observer, 5 April 1991

OUR BLOOD RUNS IN THE STREET is a new verbatim physical-theatre work inspired by Bondi’s true gay and transgender hate crimes of the late 20th century. Constructed from interviews with individuals who have had first-hand experience with gay and transgender hate crimes the show investigates how cultural prejudice and bias has contributed to violence against gay and transgender people in Australia. The real words of family members of victims, witnesses, historians, police officers, journalists, researchers and more will feature, shining a powerful light on a dark chapter in Sydney’s history.

OUR BLOOD RUNS IN THE STREET is a creation of physical poetry and an ode to human resilience. The show is a recognition of past injustice and trauma and a celebration of cultural shifts and community hopes. Our Blood Runs in the Street was developed with the assistance of Metro Arts and NIDA Open Pilot Program with creative development residencies in 2019. We acknowledge ACON for their generous support in the development of this production.

Obsessed Boylesque

Obsessed Boylesque

Burlesque ain't just for girls anymore! Now the boys are bringing brash, ballsy and bombastic brilliance to the newly refreshed Stonewall stage.

Come and see some of Sydney’s best and upcoming Boylesque performers, featuring Mr Boylesque Australia 2018 Rhys Lighting plus special interstate guests this Mardi Gras season. A night unlike any other in Sydney to tickle your funny bone and titillate your senses.

From traditional burlesque to contemporary performance art you’d best leave all expectations at the door but come curtain call you’ll beg for more. Addictive personalities be warned... you’ll soon be OBSESSED!



Darlinghurst Theatre Company is proud to present the World Premiere of Fluid by international icon, Courtney Act. Dive into a cool refreshing ocean of fluid sexuality and gender with famed drag artist and cultural provocateur, Courtney Act, as she explores and pours her creative juices into her latest pop-cabaret: FLUID. In a world just beginning to tear down the cultural dams of the past, we are all now being flooded with ever changing and flowing ideas of who we are, what we are, and what we might become. Take the plunge with Courtney into the rapids of our times and the reflective ponds of her own journey with FLUID, an evening of song, soul, sexuality, and perhaps a little saliva (for those who sit too close). Playing for one-week-only

Angry Fags by Topher Payne

Angry Fags by Topher Payne


"It's only terrorism if it doesn't work. When it works, we call it a revolution."

A revenge story and a cautionary tale of good gay guys gone bad.

Bennett is really trying to keep it together right now. He's broken up with his boyfriend, and moved in with his best friend Cooper, and he's under the pump at work.

His boss, an openly lesbian Georgia state senator, is up for re-election. Her female opponent is a moderate conservative who’s aligned herself with alt-right fundamentalist Christians. They’re locked in a tight race in which each side dog-whistles to its base and any event can become politicized in an instant.

When Bennett's ex is bashed in the car park of a gay bar and left for dead, the senator refuses to label it a hate crime - because, under Georgia law, hate crimes against homosexuals don't exist.

Tipped over the edge, Bennett and Cooper embark on a vendetta of sabotage and assassinations, reasoning that if gays aren’t respected enough to win equal justice and rights, fear will achieve what good intentions and politics cannot.

Whip-smart and breath-takingly funny, this deliciously subversive political satire – part Fight Club, part Oscar Wilde, with more than a nod to the films of Quentin Tarantino - pushes all the buttons.

Please note: this production features nudity, drug use, adult themes, and strong language



Worship. A moment of transcendence: a moment of reflection on culture, on history, on identity, on community.

This Valentine’s day Worship is thrilled to return to The Red Rattler for a special Mardi Gras love-in. The night begins with a curated line up of Sydney’s hottest emerging performers in a multifaceted cabaret experience hosted by the droll but delightful Tammy.

Marlena Dalí 
Nova Gina 
Mama Medusa 
Demon Derriere 
Scarlett So Hung-Son 

Dyan Tai 
JamarzOnMarz (Live) 
DJ Matt Jay (from Fur Coat Club)

At the culmination of these performances we will pack the dance floor for a truly queer form of worship - feeling the power found on a dance floor packed with like minded souls, with Sydney's own Matt Jay returning to town and Worship’s Dyan Tai on music duties, Worship MG is guaranteed to become legend.

Doors open 7:30pm, shows start at 8pm.

Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise by Planetdwellers

Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise by Planetdwellers

Celebrate Mardi Gras in true style and sail the harbour pink to celebrate all that is Sydney!

The party starts at the Opera House jetty, then as the hot summer sun slowly melts over the Harbour Bridge, enjoy four full hours of canapés (included in your ticket price) and ice cold drinks served from our “pay as you go” bars (including one free drink on arrival), accompanied by our awesome party tunes and chilled beats spun live by our Planetdwellers DJ. The famous Sydney skyline will come alive with light and our performances kick off inside as the party continues all the way back to the Opera House.

The Campaign

The Campaign

“I was arrested for being gay before I'd even danced with another man.” - Rodney Croome

In 1988 more than one hundred arrests were made at Salamanca Market, when the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group defied a ban on a stall that featured petitions to decriminalise sexual activity between consenting adult males in private. The arrests lit the spark for a campaign to change the Tasmanian law, which was the most draconian in the Western world in terms of its penalty and, by the time of its repeal, the last of its kind in Australia.

From candid interviews with the people who were there, Campion Decent has fashioned a gripping account of Tasmania’s decades-long gay law reform campaign. The Campaign traces the venomous parliamentary debates and public meetings, the individual acts of bravery and humour amidst the hurt, and the dogged march to a landmark United Nations ruling that had far-reaching repercussions in the Federal and Tasmanian Parliaments and the High Court of Australia.

Honest, raw and urgent, The Campaign won Best New Writing at the 2019 Tasmanian Theatre Awards, and chronicles a community’s journey from exclusion to inclusion, from opposition to acceptance, and from hatred to embrace.

Originally commissioned by Tasmanian Theatre Company.

In conjunction with the play, Rodney Croome, Julie McCrossin, Michael Kirby and Anna Brown will share a panel discussion on 19 February to discuss the issues raised in the play, explore contemporary and future battlegrounds in the ongoing fight for equal rights, and share their experiences as activists. Book for the panel discussion here.

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