Brisbane Festival 2021: The queerest, most camp and intriguing shows

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As restrictions continue to ease in South East Queensland the 2021 Brisbane Festival is giving you all of the reasons to get out of the house. The 2021 program has just been released, with plenty to look forward to.

Every year the Brisbane Festival lights up the city with a range of events, performances and shows for every audience. 2021 is set to be no exception for the Brisbane Festival as they present 139 productions across the 23 day festival. This year will feature over 1000 local artists representing 63 production companies.

In addition the 2021 Brisbane Festival will feature the largest number of First Nations artists engaged in the history of the festival. “This year, 168 First Nations artisans, performers and creatives share their intensely personal narratives through ceremony, smoke, songline and performance.” Said Michelle Tuahine group chair of the Brisbane Festival Indigenous Advisory Group.

We’ve handpicked some of the queerest, most fabulous and intriguing shows from the 2021 calendar for your pleasure.

Our picks for Brisbane Festival 2021

Hugh Sheridan
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Hugh Sheridan

Hugh Sheridan has had plenty of people talking recently.

After first coming out about his sexuality late last year and then becoming engaged to boy friend Kurt, Hugh has had our attention. Most recently Hugh came out again as he continued to shed the idea of labels around his identity and sexuality.

With so much going on for Hugh it’s great to see him taking to the stage for the Brisbane Festival for the Queensland premiere of his one man show Hughman.

See Hugh in a new light as he spins beats from Whitney Houston and George Michael to Sister Sledge, Olivia Newton-John, MJ, Sinatra and Walk the Moon. With high-voltage tap, exhilarating disco moves and cool cabaret, HUGHMAN is an entertaining mash-up of music, colour, and costume.”

17 & 18 September, 9:30pm
South Bank Piazza. BOQ Festival Garden
Tickets: Available online HERE


Briefs Brisbane Festival
Dirty Laundry: Briefs Factory International. Image: Aaron Walker

Dirty Laundry
Briefs Factory International

The boys from briefs bounce back onto the Brisbane Festival stage to deliver another stellar performance. Led by Fez Faanana this dynamic troupe are set to deliver another memorable performance, as always.

“This brand-new party cabaret pegs a line-up of classic Briefs boys along with some new boys and toys in the basket.”

“With impossible-to-remove glitter stains, these Festival favourites promise a load of physicality, comedy and showmanship. None of it clean.”

8 – 11 September
South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden
Tickets: Available online HERE


The detonator is rigged, the fuse is lit, and some fierce femme tradies are taking a sledgehammer to the system.

DEMOLITION is an explosion of cabaret, theatre and social activism set to rebuild the world from the ashes up.

Featuring killer physical feats, daring aerials and antics, this is a sexy-as-hell, sweaty, and unapologetic reclamation of space by performance renegades, Polytoxic.

4 – 11 September
Brisbane Powerhouse
Tickets: Available Online HERE


Razzle Dazzle Riot
Oscar Production Company

From the team that brought you Boy & Girl Oscar Production Company presents their latest offering for the Brisbane Festival. Full of glitter and glam this production is set to slay. Featuring Drag and bombshell babes coupled with an overload of sequins, song and circus, whats not to love?

“Featuring the swinging sounds of Franky Smart and a smokin’ hot jazz band, it’s a roaring evening with the best in the biz.”

“So, sink back a Southside and get ready for the wildest party this September!”

3 – 7 September
South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden
Tickets: Available Online HERE



Ain't No Pussy Show Tim Angus
This ain’t no Pussy Show. Image: Brisbane Festival

This ain’t no Pussy Show
Kate Harman/Toby Angus

This little show caught our eye as something new and different. Making its world premiere at the Brisbane Festival This Ain’t no pussy show looks challenging and insightful. Patriarchy, parenting, toxicity, feminism, masculinity and privilege are explored on stage in this 70 minute performance for two nights only.

“Ever wondered if patriarchy was a pyramid scheme for men?
Kate has and she’s not pussying about; she has a boy to raise, and he has questions.

Why are you shouting?
Am I really toxic?
How come you can say dick, but I can’t say pussy?

She has questions, too. Through the relationship of a mother and son, This Ain’t No Pussy Show explores everything from feminism and masculinity to privilege, patriarchy and pizza shapes. It’s a wild and messy ride through a complex and shifting landscape that Kate and Toby navigate together.”

17 & 18 September
New Benner Theatre, Metro Arts
Tickets: Available online HERE


Brown Church

“At this holy, gay altar we will witness the journeys of displacement queer liberation, and the euphoria of culture.
It centres queerness as a central faith, bringing out the exuberant need to realise colonisation to destroy it. Brown Church is a theatrical spoken word and dance spectacle as served by Meanjin-based godexx Naavikaran.”

Diane Cilento Studio Queensland Theatre
Sat 18 Sept 3pm
Tickets: Available online HERE

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