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Bianca Del Rio - It's Jester Joke

Bianca Del Rio - It's Jester Joke

After three consecutive sell-out Australian tours, comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio returns to Australia with her brand-new comedy show. The self-proclaimed “clown in a gown” tells tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life of politics, travel, family and social media.

Don’t miss your chance to see the The Queen of Mean in her fiercely funny new show in 2019.

 

Oxtravaganza

Oxtravaganza

Celebrate Oxtravaganza as retail and hospitality in and around Oxford Street, Darlinghurst offer up a series of one-off events to celebrate the middle weekend of Mardi Gras. Catch any one of a number of shows in a midday to midnight programme at local clubs, bars and hotels.

Whether your choice is boutique beer, bookshop browsing or burlesque dancing, Darlo has you covered! With retail activations, live gigs and special offers, you’ll be spoiled for things to do and while you are at it, help raise money for Twenty10.

Photographer: Hareth Tayem

Visit the Oxtravaganza website here for the map and all the event news!

Sydney's Biggest Underwear Party

Sydney's Biggest Underwear Party

It's back! Sydney’s BIGGEST Underwear party is back at ARQ Sydney for Mardi Gras 2019.

Come and join some of the hottest men from around the world. Headlining DJs: DJ Dan De Leon (USA), DJ Jesus Montanez, DJ Bret Law, DJ Sacha Belle and more to be announced. Tickets also available at Daily Jocks, Teamm8, SAX Fetish, Bodyline Spa and Sauna, Oxford performance centre and ASN.

Let's Eat Cake

Let's Eat Cake

Iconic queer photographer William Yang and long time Activist Rachel Evans will officially launch the Sydney Mardi Gras show LET’S EAT CAKE at Tortuga Gallery by artist Maylei Hunt.

The series is a historical and personal collection of street documentary images that follows the journey to marriage equality in Australia from 2009 to 2018. Images capture the vibrant fighting spirit of the LGBTI community and its allies marching together to demonstrate the support for equal marriage rights in Australia for all.

In 2009 Hunt attended her first marriage equality march and made a promise to herself that she would participate in as many marches for marriage equality as she could. Hunt always brought her camera with her, with the belief that “We needed to capture our journey of making history”.

The photographs follow marches in Sydney and Melbourne and capture key events such as the plebiscite announcement on 15th November 2017 and the Marriage Bill amendment at Parliament House on 7th December 2017 and with the additions of the celebrations afterwards by community.

The exhibition celebrates and allows the audience to reflect on the first year of marriage equality in Australia. Over eighty vibrantly colourful images of the community will cover the walls of the gallery. This is a large and ambitious series that captures our recent history.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 160 page hardcover book with over 120 colour images. It includes a foreword by Melbourne EQUAL LOVE convener Ali Hogg and an essay by Sydney marriage equality campaigner Rachel Evans. It has been produced as a limited edition of 300 copies published by the artist.

The LET’S EAT CAKE exhibition and book was produced to commemorate and to honour ALL those who have fought and marched for marriage equality. It is a record of a campaign that was won for the People by the People.

Artist Maylei Hunt is a Photomedia Artist, Community Arts worker and Teacher whose works have a strong connection to photographic documentation, storytelling, social justice and equality. Hunt is an alumni of National Art School Sydney, and has exhibited extensively in Sydney and Melbourne for over eighteen years and has works in various private and public collections.

Address: Tortuga Gallery. 31 Princes Hwy, St Peters NSW.

Opening Hours:  Tue-Wed 1.30- 4pm    Thur – Fri 10am-4pm     Sat 11am-4pm.

Website: www.mayleihunt.com Instagram: mayleihunt

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1977805812307166/

Fragile Masculinity, Handle With Care

Fragile Masculinity, Handle With Care

Samuel Leighton-Dore is a queer artist and writer based on the Gold Coast. With work spanning ceramics, painting, film and writing, Leighton-Dore is consistently interested in deconstructing and examining themes of sexuality, gender and mental health.

‘Fragile Masculinity, Handle With Care’ is Leighton-Dore's first solo exhibition and sees the artist incorporate contemporary ceramic pieces, acrylic paintings and multimedia works in order to tease popular notions of masculinity. Drawing inspiration from phrenology, a pseudomedicine popular in 19th century, as well as diagrams of the penis distributed by pharmaceutical brands including Viagra, Leighton-Dore presents a cynical portrait of the modern man while maintaining a lightheartedness that is inherently optimistic.

 

Booty: Jamie Cole

Booty: Jamie Cole

Step into the black light to uncover the chemical, fluorescent, heat map that is Jamie Cole's new exhibition 'Booty'.

Part of the visual arts programme of the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Booty will be radiating from the walls of Camperdown's prestigious Artsite Gallery from early February. Including mixed media works on Birchwood, canvas and soft sculptures, Jamie's sexually charged show comes with a warning, "don't see it alone (wink)".

Using precious materials, Jamie's Booty overflows with rich flock wallpaper, sweat, 'poppers', gold leaf, and opalescent foils, sprayed across the faces, bodies and bedrooms of men deep in the act.

You won't be disappointed but you might be aroused.

def: Booty (noun): "valuable stolen goods; something gained or won" 

Jamie Cole presents 'Booty' (2-24 February 2019) FREE 18+ 11-5pm
Artsite Gallery 165 Salisbury Road Camperdown
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival 2019 Premier Event
Official Opening Sunday 3 February 3-5pm
Preview: Saturday 2 February 11-5pm

About the Artist: Jamie Cole

Jamie is a full-time emerging artist living in Kiama on the south coast of New South Wales, with his husband Bruce. 

Formerly a visual arts teacher, Jamie has been painting full-time now for 6 years and has exhibited extensively on the south coast; most recently as part of the 'Locals on Board' exhibition at the Art Gallery of Wollongong. Jamie's work is vibrant, immaculate and often filled with narrative. A modern day storyteller and artist, Jamie's work is highly influenced by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat. 

Together Jamie and Bruce own and operate a successful art gallery, tapas restaurant and wine bar in Kiama called the Little Blowhole Art Bar. The 'Art Bar' as it has become known, is a significant contributor to the dynamic and growing arts scene currently transforming this region. In January 2019, the Sydney Morning Herald listed the Art Bar as one of the top 31 attractions on the South Coast of New South Wales.

Wyngarde! A Celebration & Queen Bette: Double Bill

Wyngarde! A Celebration & Queen Bette: Double Bill

"It's lovely to see you - here's to a pleasant evening. And a few surprises.”

G.bod Theatre present an extraordinary double bill.

Peter Wyngarde, best known for playing the character Jason King, the inspiration for Austin Powers, was an accomplished actor until his fall from grace in 1975.

Bette Davis was a true movie legend. She fought hard all her life, had four husbands, two Oscars and a reputation as the biggest bitch in Hollywood.

Wyngarde! A Celebration and Queen Bette tells the whole story.

‘A ‘Wow’ moment on Sydney’s stage’ - SMH

With Garth Holcombe & Jeanette Cronin

 

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

WINNER! Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy 
WINNER! Olivier Awards for Best Comedy
WINNER! Golden Globe Award
WINNER! London Film Critics Circle Award

The multi-award winning Little Voice is coming back to Sydney in a brand new production, starring Australia’s leading ladies of stage and screen, Caroline O’Connor and Geraldine Hakewill. Bursting at the seams with every standard and show tune under the sun including Over the RainbowGoldfingerThere’s no business like show business and My heart belongs to Daddy, this riotous and razor-sharp take on the Cinderella story will leave audiences humming long after they’ve left the theatre.

Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s new, edgier production by director Shaun Rennie and designer Isabel Hudson, lands Jim Cartwright’s masterpiece firmly in the 21st Century, while still paying homage to the icons who fill Little Voice’s world, like Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe.

My Night With Reg By Kevin Elyot

My Night With Reg By Kevin Elyot

At Guy's London flat, old friends and new gather to party through the night. This is the summer of 1985, and for Guy and his circle the world is about to change forever. Deliciously funny and bittersweet, My Night With Reg captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itself.

A tragic-comic gay comedy of manners, Kevin Elyot's Olivier Award-winning play has been hailed by critics and audiences alike, confirming its status as a classic of modern British theatre.


Photo © Bob Seary

"Charming, funny and, ultimately, soulful ... The actors seem to be so comfortable as an ensemble ... A very good play that deserves its constant re-appearances on the stages of the world." Kevin Jackson

“A truly beautiful theatrical production” – Lisa Thatcher

“Solidly made, stylishly designed. Undeniably affecting as a portrait of its times and of a particular gay milieu, and as a reminder of the heartache that many in the community still feel now." - Jason Blake, Audrey Journal

"An endearing cast presents a heartfelt production, an entertaining 95-minute exploration into queer identities."– Suzy Goes See

"Enthralling, incredibly funny, and engaging ... Experiences and heartbreaks are brought to life by the cast's immensely strong ensemble work - the chemistry between all those on stage is the real highlight of the show." – SOYP

"This tragi-comedy is presented with truth and sensitivity … understanding not only history but also the universal concerns of love, belonging, longing, deception and betrayal." - Broadway World

Greg Gould, Cosima De Vito & Prinnie Stevens

Greg Gould, Cosima De Vito & Prinnie Stevens

International chart topper Greg Gould, Aria #1 hitmaker Cosima De Vito and The Bodyguard Star Prinnie Stevens will send hearts pulsing, performing the greatest Mardi Gras anthems of all time plus a special exclusive preview of Gould’s new duets album.

In this two hour concert experience, witness hits from Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Smash Mouth, Janet Jackson, Madonna and many more.

Confessions of a Mormon Boy

Confessions of a Mormon Boy

The international one-man sensation Confessions of a Mormon Boy comes to Australia!

This transformational true story of extremes–from perfect Mormon Boy in Utah to perfect Rent Boy in Manhattan–is told with humor, song, and unflinching honesty as outcast Oxy-Mormon and Outer Critics Circle Award Nominee, Steven Fales, ultimately finds a middle ground and learns what it means to finally come home. Based on original off-Broadway direction by Tony Award-winner Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man), this critically acclaimed 90-minute solo play has educated and entertained audiences across the US and around the world.

After conversion therapy, excommunication, divorce, prostitution and drugs, an exiled sixth-generation Latter Gay Saint reclaims his kids and Donny Osmond smile. This extraordinary, life-affirming journey to hell and back is now Part One in Mormon Boy Trilogy.

Comedy Kiki: Queer Comedy Festival

Comedy Kiki: Queer Comedy Festival

A three-day comedy festival at Darlinghurst Theatre Company featuring Rhys Nicholson, Jordan Raskopoulos and Maeve Marsden. In this special three-day event, we invite some of Australia’s most positive voices in the LGBTQI+ community for a giggle and a kiki.

27 February: Jordan Raskopoulos
28 February: Fat Musicals with Maeve Marsen & Libby Wood
1 March: Rhys Nicholson

Before laughing your chops off in the upstairs theatre for Comedy Kiki, join us at 6pm for a hilarious game of bingo, hosted by Australia’s favourite nanas (and Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017 Golden Gibbo award winners), Edith Vale & Maureen McGillicuddy. Served with a delectable high tea (a.k.a supper), come solo, or with friends for a night of bingo you won’t ever forget. Granny Bingo High Tea will kick off at 6pm each night before the main event.

Boys of Sondheim

Boys of Sondheim

Undeniably one of the most significant gay artists of the 20th century, Stephen Sondheim defined an urbane, literate and uniquely New York voice that many would call the most important in musical theatre history.

Credited with an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, Laurence Olivier Award and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom, Sondheim’s sweeping repertoire expresses the ache of the metropolitan man; his disappointments, his loves and his secrets.

Originally produced and presented at Brisbane Powerhouse as part of Melt 2017: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture, Boys of Sondheim is an intimate cabaret concert that will expose the soulful, masculine underbelly of Sondheim’s work.

Originally produced by Brisbane Powerhouse and Understudy Productions

Narrations by Anthony Nocera and Kris Stewart
Conceived and Directed by Kris Stewart
Choreographed by Kurt Phelan

Singer Blake Erickson
Singer James Lee
Singer Tyran Parke
Singer Kurt Phelan
Singer Hayden Rodgers

The White Party ft. Aquaria

The White Party ft. Aquaria

THE WHITE PARTY! – Sydney Mardi Gras Opening Night Party!
Starring The Age Of Aquaria Show (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race)
With DJ’s Chip, ACraig, Justin Scott and more to be announced.
A 2019 Official Sydney Mardi Gras Event

The White Party is a huge dance party on the opening night of Sydney Mardi Gras weekend held at Australia’s biggest superclub on the harbour, Home. Expect mind-blowing production and a sea of thousands of the hottest gays & gals, a feature length show by AQUARIA the Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 10 with her dancers from the US hosted by Karen From Finance.