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Sir Elton John says he told Tina Turner to “stick your f***ing song up your arse.” The Sun reports that Elton shares this and other incidents in his autobiography Me due for release this week. According to the report, Tina Turner criticised everything from his hair to the colour of his piano when they planned a …

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gay couple uk chester rocky horror show christian religious protesters

Religious protesters rallying outside a theatre production of the Rocky Horror Show have gone viral thanks to a gay couple’s response to their bigotry. The protesters were reportedly from the nearby Zion Tabernacle Protestant Evangelical Church in the English city of Chester. They slammed the Story House Theatre’s production as “vile” and “unholy, sexual and …

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samuel leighton dore queer masculinity brisbane writers festival

Many men shy away from conversations about toxic masculinity, but Samuel Leighton-Dore is not one of them. The multidisciplinary artist (pictured above) appeared at the Brisbane Writers Festival to discuss his contribution to Benjamin Law’s book Growing Up Queer in Australia. He told the audience of his fascination with masculinity and the expectations placed on …

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faith prince qpac broadway annie alice in wonderland cabaret brisbane

Tony Award-winning Broadway star Faith Prince is returning to Australia in October for two intimate cabaret performances at QPAC. Faith Prince has been dazzling audiences since winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Miss Adelaide in the musical Guys and Dolls. In her latest concert, An Intimate Evening with Faith Prince, …

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Stephen Madsen Muriels Wedding QPAC

When Stephen Madsen first steps into the spotlight in Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, he is apparently fresh from the pool in his role as Alexander Shkuratov. Costumed in just a pair of budgie-smugglers and glistening droplets of water, he looks every bit the Olympic swimmer he plays. Stephen works hard to maintain his body for …

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Steven Oliver From Darkness La Boite

Steven Oliver’s play From Darkness originated in a chat with his family. “We were talking about spirits and time travel and going back to change the time when Cook arrived.” From that conversation emerged the gripping, darkly funny drama rightly described by ArtsHub as one of the ‘must-see’ shows of the Brisbane Festival. It is …

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Nash Theatre brisbane theatre play Straight bisexuality

Tucked away behind the Uniting Church in New Farm lives Nash Theatre. The award-winning community theatre company delivers show-stopping productions for over two decades. Nash Theatre’s Australia-first production of Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola’s bisexual-themed stage play Straight opens later this month. The play follows Ben (Tyler Harris), a 26-year-old who likes beer, sport, girlfriend …

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Steven Oliver From Darkness

Writer Steven Oliver new play From Darkness is “the kind of storytelling experience that will take audiences from tears to belly-laughs all in the space of 70 minutes,” says La Boite CEO and Artistic Director Todd MacDonald. From Darkness is a gripping, darkly funny drama about a spiritual force and a family’s need to connect …

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Jaq Grantford ken tootsie atherton kennedy prize

Victorian artist Jaq Grantford this week took out South Australia’s Kennedy Prize for her painting Tootsie, Just an Old Drag Queen. The portrait is of 84-year-old drag queen Ken ‘Tootsie’ Atherton. Tootsie died shortly after the completion of the portrait in September last year. The artist told the ABC Tootsie had a tough life. His …

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Brisbane author comedian Thomas Bleach Damaged Goods gay Author coming out

QN Magazine talks to Brisbane author, music reviewer and stand-up comedian, Thomas Bleach about his new work Damaged Goods. This debut book explores the author’s journey through life in an immersive experience that incorporates text, images, music and performance. Thomas pulls together all the strands of his various interests and takes advantage of digital technology …

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lesbian musical the prom broadway same-sex couple

An engaged couple working on lesbian-themed Broadway musical The Prom have tied the knot onstage in a real-life wedding. At a recent performance, script coordinator Armelle Kay Harper and singer/actress Jody Kay Smith tied the knot in front of a cheering audience at New York’s Longacre Theatre. Bob Martin, one of the musical’s writers, got …

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melbourne gay artist paul yore north wales mostyn gallery

Warning: nudity Gay Melbourne artist Paul Yore has said he’s “devastated” a provocative artwork has been misinterpreted and pulled from an exhibition in Wales. Yore entered his artwork Taste The Feeling in a competition at Mostyn Gallery in North Wales. The gallery selected it from hundreds of submissions as a finalist. But visitors complained the …

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joseph simons 100 years of dance brisbane powerhouse

‘100 Years Of The History Of Dance As Told By One Man In 60 Minutes With An Energetic Group Finale‘ directed by Emma Canalese and performed by Joseph Simons premieres at Brisbane Powerhouse 31 July until 3 August. The performance bursts at the seams with fascinating facts, naughty stories and dance moves to die for. …

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scott harrower fighting not dancing lismore regional gallery

A powerful photographic and sound installation by Scott Harrower opening in Lismore addresses homophobia and violence toward men who love men. The installation navigates personal and historical stories previously denied and forgotten. The characters in the photographs peel away the silence of Australia’s past. They reveal persecuted convict relationships, post WWII police brutality and unsolved murders during …

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metro arts house of mirrors and hearts musical brisbane

House of Mirrors and Hearts (HOMAH) is a new musical fresh from the UK. Dr Dan Jess, artistic director of Kleva Hive, the new Brisbane based independent production company launching the musical’s Australian premiere says, “If Sondheim & Jason Robert Brown had a musical love-child, this’d be it.” “House of Mirrors and Hearts is thrilling, …

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The sense of a feast and a rich antipasto platter of musical and visual artistry was the dominant impression of Opera Queensland’s new production of John Adams’ A Flowering Tree this month, writes reviewer Tim Passmore. The majestic concert staging of A Flowering Tree by Opera Queensland’s Artistic Director Patrick Nolan elegantly combined real-time performance …

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cairns artist mark cochrane doghousefnq

QN Magazine was lucky to catch Mark Cochrane’s first Cairns exhibition of DogHouseFNQ back in October and the exhibition has shown at two other galleries since. Here’s hoping we see this quirky collection featuring zany North Queensland homes and even zanier pooches down in Brisbane sometime soon. DogHouseFNQ shows off homes from Townsville to Mareeba. …

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Single Asian Female

Michelle Law’s incisive and hilarious comedy Single Asian Female, tackling race and gender in contemporary Australia, is back. And this time Law, who starred in TV’s Homecoming Queens and co-wrote the book Sh*t Asian Mothers Say with her brother Benjamin Law, is taking a starring role in the production herself. Single Asian Female premiered at La …

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Dreaming of a White Christmas? It’s yours this holiday season at the Spring Hill Reservoir, Brisbane’s underground Opera House. Venture underground and forget all the cares of the world up above as world-class opera singers and musical theatre performers serenade you with both classic and contemporary carols in the acoustically sensational reservoir. And the mystical, …

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Artists eager to get involved in next year’s MELT Festival have less than two weeks to submit their ideas and pitches for burlesque, theatre, cabaret, music, visual arts, forum, panel and conversation pieces. MELT is the Brisbane Powerhouse’s annual extravaganza of queer arts and culture, showcasing local and international actors, cabaret and circus performers, dancers, …

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David Williamson’s satirical comedy Managing Carmen, a light-hearted look at football, fame, and the power of acceptance, is opening this weekend at New Farm community theatre group Nash Theatre. The play follows AFL star Brent Lyall, whose manager is desperate to hide the fact that after Brent takes off his football kit he loves to …

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Isn’t there something extraordinary about going to the theatre? When the lights dim, the audience hush, and then suddenly being transported to another world? Well, Brisbane – we have a little hidden gem right here. At 94 years young, La Boite is Australia’s longest continuously running theatre. From humble beginnings as the Brisbane Repertory Theatre …

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