Events: Performing Arts

Botanic Antics - Twilight life-drawing in the Royal Botanic Garden

Botanic Antics - Twilight life-drawing in the Royal Botanic Garden
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Join the cheeky Motel Sisters, Paris and Tacky, on a unique after-hours art adventure in the garden!

Let out your inner artiste whilst enjoying a friendly, party atmosphere within the seductive beauty of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden.

On arrival, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and nibbles at the beautiful Lion Gate Lodge and mingle amongst the flowers.

Then promenade to two other stunning Gardens locations for a life-drawing class like no other, with the Motel Sisters leading fun art games and sharing drawing tips and techniques to help you create your own unique artworks featuring nude models nestled in leafy settings.

This exclusive event will include:

• Glass of wine and nibbles on arrival
• Art materials (sketchbook to take home, and a range of pencils and pastels)
• Creative tuition by qualified art teachers
• Nude models
• Exclusive after-hours Garden experience

Please note: Bring your own blanket/folding chair and additional art materials if you wish. Also, the event does cover some uneven terrain so wear comfortable shoes.

FLAGCOM's Variety Show

FLAGCOM's Variety Show
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FLAGCOM's Variety Show is an Award Winning Entertainment Variety Show showcasing the talents of the Multicultural Community in songs and dances.

The highlight of the show is the coronation of the Miss Mardi Gras International Queen 2020 and her court. The winners serve as ambassador of Flagcom in the community in their charity works.

The objective of the variety show is to educate people from Sexually Transmitted Diseases and to promote Social Cohesion and Community Harmony. It has been a constant nominee for ZEST community award in partnership with ACON, WSCF, Department of Philippine Tourism and NARRA Co-op Ltd.

Grandma Ngaire does Dulcies

Grandma Ngaire does Dulcies
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Grandma Ngaire is a hilarious, award winning comedian fresh off the boat from her sell-out show in 2019's Edinburgh Fringe Fest. Wine soaked, witty and fast approaching death, Ngaire is here to help with her "inspirational" life lessons, misguided advice and razor sharp wit.

"Grandma Ngaire does Dulcies" is the ultimate start to your Mardi Gras evening. Located at the elegant Dulcies Bar on the beautiful strip of Sydney's Kings Cross, Grandma Ngaire lowers the tone wherever she goes. Join Grandma for a laugh and a drink at Dulcies Bar before heading out into the night uplifted, entertained and lubricated.

Described as "Graham Norton dressed up as 'Mrs Doubtfire' spritzed in Jack Nicholson fragrance," "the future of New Zealand comedy," and "the worst shag of my life" by Scott Morrison, Grandma Ngaire guarantees you an evening of laughter. Ngaire has been working in comedy since 2010 and as a "lady of the night" since 1952. She has travelled the world as a menace to society and is back in Sydney to celebrate Mardi Gras in her favourite city. Don't miss out, book today before tickets sell out.

HI VIS + Fre$h Pair

HI VIS + Fre$h Pair
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JOIN CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE FOR THE LAUNCH OF HI VIS AND FRE$H PAIR, TWO NEW EXHIBITIONS EXPLORING CONTROL, AND THE COMPLEX POLITICS OF GETTING DRESSED AND FEELING FABULOUS.

Event time: 1 February 2020, 2 - 4pm (Live Performance by Kilia Tipa, 3pm)
Exhibition dates: 1 February - 15 March 2020

Exhibition: HI VIS
Artists include: Nicole Oliveria, Leila el Rayes, JD Reforma, Joan Ross, Matthew Stegh (Haus of Helmutti) Angela Tiatia and Kilia Tipa.

HI VIS explores dancing and dressing as fabulous forms of empowerment.

Each of the artists demonstrate control through the spectacle of dance and dress. By being irresistible to look at, the artists can control an onlooker’s attention and push them to engage a range of complex political ideas while still being entertaining to watch.

The artists and their artworks are fabulous, but they are also using these art forms because they create a necessary form of defence. Through being impossible to ignore, they create a defence against violence, a defence against forgetting troubling histories, and a defence against not being seen at all.

Exhibition: Fre$h Pair
Artist include Gillian Kayrooz and Kimberley Peel
Fre$h Pair investigates self-expression in youth culture through the phenomenon of sneakers. The exhibition documents individuals and communities who showcase the nuances of sneakers worn by Millennials and Generation Z.

Fre$h Pair speaks to critical themes of street culture and its influence on fashion and pop culture at large.

For more information about Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, visit its website here.

Mad Pride

Mad Pride
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Come and celebrate the incredible work of people with lived experiences of mental illness at this year's Mad Pride!

An exciting night of performance featuring everything from Burlesque to Live Music.

Last year's Mad Pride was lauded as one of the best, most important events of the season - don't miss out this year!

Mental Health is still subject to prejudice, discrimination, and shame - and has a massive impact on the LGBTIQA+ community. Help us stop the shame and challenge the prejudice, and most importantly, celebrate what we can do BECAUSE of who we are, not in spite of it!

This event is being held on stolen Gadigal Wangal land - sovereignty never ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land.

Venue is accessible and will be Auslan interpreted.

Safe people will be on-hand to assist people.

Please get in touch if you have accesibility needs or questions. No one will be turned away for lack of funds - please email mgmadpride2020@gmail.com so that we can reserve a ticket for you.

Hat Trick presents: Hello Again

Hat Trick presents: Hello Again
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Seductive, intimate and nostalgic - LaChiusa’s Hello Again explores themes of lust and abandonment, and is a social commentary on how sex transcends time and status.

Set in ten different decades throughout the 20th century, the show follows ten characters who pursue each other in a daisy chain of various social classes. Whether it’s the Whore or the Senator, the roaring 20s or the wild 70s – everyone desires to be loved.

The show’s unique storytelling follows ten archetypes – The Whore, The Soldier, The Nurse, The College Boy, the Young Wife, The Husband, The Young Thing, The Writer, The Actress and The Senator – as they seduce one another, often mistaking lust for love and pleasure for happiness.

Under Jerome Studdy’s direction and choreography, the show transports the audience back in time, making every decade vividly come alive in their own unique dance styles, set and costume designs.

LaChiusa’s imaginative musical is based on the play La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler, a satire of the Viennese society, which sparked riots after its premiere in 1900, ending in a production ban and obscenity charges.

An equally relevant and timely production in the Fusebox at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville of Hello Again will be performed as the inaugural production of Sydney-based theatre and music company, Hat Trick, from February 20-28 2020.

Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa
Suggested by the play La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler

The Rise and Disguise of Elizabeth R

The Rise and Disguise of Elizabeth R
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Gerry Connolly is a familiar and much-loved face in Australia. Perhaps his most loved performance has been his inhabitation of Queen Elizabeth II. Over four decades, his loving (and uncanny) representation of her, full of dry wit and surprising ingenuity, has become an Australian icon. Come see what QE2 really thinks about Harry and the rest of the entourage in this new show written by Gerry Connolly and Nick Coyle (The Feather in the Web).

As the Queen nears the end of her reign, this show explores her history, her hidden personality, and the weird sense of intimacy that has developed for Gerry over decades of walking in the shoes of The Monarch. Supported by comic triple-threats Rob Mallett (Aladdin) and Laura Murphy (Cry-Baby), this brand new musical comedy will be a hilarious night out.

Directed by Hayes favourite Shaun Rennie (Only Heaven Knows) and with new music by Max Lambert (Miracle City), expect the unexpected in a show that delivers what the Royal Family isn’t known for: gags, show tunes, and dancing.

PERFORMANCES
Tues - Sat 7:30 pm
Sat 2:00 pm
Sun 3:00 pm

RUNNING TIME: 80 minutes - no interval

Orlando

Orlando
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"I would like, Your Highness, at the present moment, to feel as though I am only one thing."
"Poppycock! Don’t be a bore Orlando."

Based on Virginia Woolf’s novel-length love letter to Vita Sackville-West, Orlando follows its protagonist on a romp through five centuries, a gender transition, several great loves, angst™, and one very average poem about a very large tree. Join us on a journey where time is Orlando’s play-thing, and queerness, melodrama, and identity are celebrated in all their undefinable intricacies.

100% of ticket sales will be donated to Twenty10 - a Sydney-based support service for young LGBTQIA+ people.

Falsettos

Falsettos
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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.

Fluid

Fluid
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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

Queerstories: Western Sydney

Queerstories: Western Sydney
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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
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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
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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
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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.

WHICH CELEBRITY GUESTS WILL BE JOINING JOHN ON THE LOUNGE?

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.