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Hudson & Halls

Hudson & Halls
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And we're live! The oven's caught fire. David is drinking and Peter has bad news. Travel back to 1986 for a live taping of the acclaimed TV cooking show, Hudson & Halls.

Join the outrageously camp and extremely alcoholic chefs Peter Hudson and David Halls on the most important night of their lives. Immerse yourselves in the world of a 1980s TV cooking studio and watch Peter and David battle with a working kitchen and about 16 bottles of sherry to create a flawless five-course meal (they hope). Expect big laughs, rum-fuelled showdowns, and some very questionable cooking.

New Zealand’s most successful gay comedy of the last ten years, Hudson & Halls won Best Production at the 2015 Auckland Theatre Awards and Production of the Year at the 2016 Wellington Theatre Awards. Now, it comes to Mardi Gras for the first time.

Co-created by theatrical daredevil Kip Chapman, Hudson & Halls extends the audience experience beyond the walls of the black box to create a truly memorable night filled with mayhem, decadence and love.

HUDSON & HALLS LIVE! Teaser from Silo Theatre on Vimeo.

Heartbreaker Sydney 2020

Heartbreaker Sydney 2020
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It feels so GOOD to be BAD. Heartbreaker Sydney partners up with Lemons with 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.

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 Gra's, 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

Maison De Danse (House of Dance)

Maison De Danse (House of Dance)

Celebrate the 'joie de vivre' of house/ballroom culture Mardi Gras style at an inclusive electronic dance music community event featuring awesome DJ’s, live VJ’ing and dance artists working with real-time technology and inter-active videoart. Immerse yourself in the 'pop-up performance spaces' with a live vocal performance and #thestylecollaborative's stellar show cast.

@thestylecollaborative is a multi-disciplinary boutique production house developing innovative artistic work and content through diverse stage settings, performative contexts and the corporeal body.

The John Rowe Show

The John Rowe Show
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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.

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.

Our Blood Runs in the Streets

Our Blood Runs in the Streets
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‘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 STREETS 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 STREETS 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
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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!

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

Angry Fags by Topher Payne

Angry Fags by Topher Payne
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AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

"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 MG

WORSHIP MG
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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. 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.

Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise by Planetdwellers

Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise by Planetdwellers
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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.

FABalice Festival

FABalice Festival
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The FABalice Festival is a three day rainbow celebration in the beating heart of Australia, Alice Springs, for Kings, Queens and everything in-between. 6-8 March 2020, the weekend after Mardi Gras, extend your LGBTQI celebrations across the country and head to outback Northern Territory.

The festival pays homage to the iconic Australian film, 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert', which was filmed in Alice Springs over 25 years ago. However Alice Springs is not the community portrayed in the film, we are a diverse and accepting community. Bucking the sterotype of an outback Northern Territory town, Alice Springs has one of the highest proportions of lesbian couples in the country, and same-sex couples represent about one in 100 of all co-habiting couples in town. The celebrations include a Drag Crawl, Paint the Town, Festival Pageant, Drag Racing, ExDRAGvaganza, Pool Party and an Outdoor Cinema with shows set amongst the glittering landscape of Alice Springs. Alice Springs is a melting pot of diversity and multiculturalism and the proud home of the FABalice Festival.

For more information and to grab your tickets, head over to www.fabalice.com. It won't be a drag!

FRIDAY 6 March 2020:
DRAG CRAWL featuring comedy and cabaret across a few venues including the famous Lasseters Casino where the movie Priscilla was filmed $55pp or Rainbow Wristband

SATURDAY 7 March 2020:
PAINT THE TOWN - This is where we colour the Todd Mall in a fabulous rainbow Free Community event
FESTIVAL PAGEANT - Camp and glittering colour featuring our performers alongside the community of Alice Springs Free Community Event
DRAG RACING - These are hilarious running races, dressed in drag, for the entire community Free Community Event
EX-DRAG-VAGANZA - an outdoor party at an outback quarry, layered with drag performances and DJs $65pp or Rainbow Wristband
THROB ON TODD - The iconic NT Nightclub features in Alice Springs as part of the FABalice Festival $10-$20 or Rainbow Wristband

SUNDAY 8 March 2020:
POOL PARTY - Time to de-wig and cool down Free Community Event
OUTDOOR CINEMA - Featuring a screening of 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' alongside healding act drag performances (Free Community Event)
RAINBOW WRISTBAND - all access pass to the FABalice Festival celebrations - $99pp

You & I

You & I
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Award-winning company and fringe favourites Casus Circus are back with their most daring and intimate work, You & I.

An empowering hour of skill and identity, You & I celebrates the loving relationship between two circus artists using high-level acrobatics, trapeze, magic and dance.

This unashamedly authentic journey reveals a fresh narrative where gay stories are not consumed by tragedy but filled with conviction, acceptance and joy.

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Queer Art After Hours

Queer Art After Hours
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For the fourth year running, the Art Gallery of NSW bursts with queerness! It’s spectacular, it’s glorious, it’s powerful: it’s Queer Art After Hours.

Strut through a creative wonderland of art, ideas, colour, movement and sound, inspired by WHAT MATTERS, and experience an extraordinary array of performances, music, talks and installations.

Explore the treasure of queer art history with highlights from the archives, and watch screenings of rare queer film shorts in a tribute to 20 years of the Gallery’s pioneering film program. Discover new perspectives on artworks from the collection with eye-opening tours, raise a glass at our pop-up bars and make an exhibition of yourself with hands-on art workshops. Drawing on the brilliance of Sydney's dazzling and diverse queer communities, this is a night to revel in your rainbow palette and be your own masterpiece.