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Boy Swallows Universe Trent Dalton QPAC

Trent Dalton’s hit book Boy Swallows Universe has launched at QPAC with a bang.  The best-selling book has undertaken its transformation as part of the Brisbane Festival. Loud, vibrant, full of laugh out loud scenes and moving moments the stage adaptation is everything it needed to be, and then some. Boy Swallows Universe cast make …

Tyrel Dulvarie ADC forgery

Artificial Intelligence meets dance when Australasian Dance Collective (ADC) premieres a bold new concept during the Brisbane Festival. In Alisdair Macindoe’s Forgery, a computer feeds instructions to six ADC dancers live on stage. Among the dancers, winner of Best Male Dancer at the Australian Dance Awards, Queensland’s own Tyrel Dulvarie. Forgery It’s quite normal for …

nothing but my body tilly lawless

Nothing But My Body by Tilly Lawless, the debut novel of a queer sex worker, is powerful, mesmerising and unforgettable. The “taboo” world of sex workers has often been the source of entertainment and intrigue for many over the years. Who can forget Pretty Woman? The more recent 2017 hit Secret Diary of a Call …

robin dc comics queer

Batman fans have celebrated DC Comics’ canonical confirmation that Tim Drake, also known as the Caped Crusader’s sidekick Robin, is queer. The sixth issue of the monthly comic series Batman: Urban Legends was published on Tuesday (August 10). In it, the character is shown having a “lightbulb moment” while reconnecting with old friend Bernard Dowd. …

Prima Facie Queensland Theatre

Prima Facie delivers a captivating one woman show at Queensland Theatre that is not to be missed, writes John Taggart. Why is learning lines is hard? It’s because our memories are not linear. Could you recall the events of your last work day in perfect chronological order? Maybe you could. But on what side of …

Naked Magicians Brisbane Christopher Wayne

Iconic Brisbane duo The Naked Magicians will next week return to Brisbane as they begin the swan song of the current iteration of their internationally acclaimed cheeky magic show. Originating as an idea that was something fun and different, a unique way to do magic, has seen The Naked Magicians take on a life of …

It's been a pleasure noni blake Claire Christian

It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian tells a story you’ll wish would never end. Noni Blake’s life is spectacularly ordinary. Since the end of her decade long relationship with now ex-girlfriend Joan, eighteen months ago, nothing much is happening for Noni. Life at thirty-six is stagnant, so something needs to change.  Work …

Brisbane Festival Theatre Considerable Sexual License

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 …

loving men in love

Over the past two decades, Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell accumulated nearly 3,000 photographs of men in love. Now, in their new book Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love, 1850s-1950s, the married couple share over 300 of the images. Scroll down for vid Hugh and Neal found the pics at flea markets, estate …

invisible boys holden sheppard

Charlie, Hammer & Zeke are the invisible boys. As queer people, we’ve all been invisible boys at one stage in our lives. Hiding who we are for fear of that eventual fallout when we are no longer safe, hidden from society’s judgement. But for these three boys, their invisible lives are made harder by their …

Horizon theatre

Horizon by Maxine Mellor could not have existed more than 10 years ago. Or at least, it could not have existed for me. At that time, I was one of those crappy privileged males. Absent of thought for what it might be like to walk a mile in a woman’s shoes; I had never considered …

alan cumming adelaide cabaret festival

Not only is Alan Cumming not acting his age, but he’s also returning to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival this June as Artistic Director. The Tony Award-winning Hollywood actor and cabaret king promises to turn the spotlight on Australia’s best, brightest, and boldest performers. The festival features more than 180 artists in 105 performances over 12 …

queer author books

With the onset of winter there’s nothing quite like settling in with a good book on a cold night. Each week we’ll be bringing you our top three recommendations of what to read to keep you entertained. From the latest and greatest to some of our old favourites there’s a little bit of everything to …

taming of the shrew

I attended Queensland Theatre’s The Taming of the Shrew with low expectations. Why stage arguably Shakespeare’s most misogynistic and problematic play in 2021? I was dead wrong. Having seen multiple Shakespeare plays in Brisbane over the years, The Taming of the Shrew is by far the best. For those unfamiliar (but perhaps more aware of …

reuben kaye melt festival the butch is back

Kicking 2020 to the kerb, MELT Festival returns with the obscenely intelligent, beautifully filthy, and rib-crackingly funny Reuben Kaye. Reuben returns after 10 years touring abroad. Yes indeed. The Butch is Back! The multi-award-winning comedian, singer, and self-proclaimed part-time hood ornament returns with a new show, a new band, and new looks to die for. …

bob downe viva bob vegas twelfth night theatre mark trevorrow music las vegas

Australia’s Prince of Polyester Bob Downe is bringing his retro crooner nightclub show Viva Bob Vegas to Brisbane. Punters can sing along to Bob’s new Vegas-style lounge act in an evening of comedy and classic hits featuring the performer and his live band. If you can’t go to Vegas, let Vegas come to you this …

two man tarantino christoper wayne the naked magicians

Michael James visits the last video store in Australia on its final night of trading. Yes. It’s Two Man Tarantino by Christopher Wayne, creator of The Naked Magicians. Filing into Brisbane Powerhouse’s Visy Theatre, we discover the stage transformed. It’s littered with clearance racks, stacks of long-forgotten discs and harsh branding reminiscent of old-time video …

triple x queensland theatre glace chase

Brisbane audiences are embracing Queensland Theatre Company’s production of Triple X with Glace Chase. The play is wowing the critics and audiences are loving it, showing an appetite for provocative theatre that also entertains. Scroll down for Glace Chase interview Triple X tells the story of a ‘straight Wall Street’ bro who has an affair …

the mish gary lonesborough

Michael James finds The Boy from The Mish by Gary Lonesborough a powerful and touching story of self-discovery. This compelling book about two young Aboriginal gay men finding themselves is Gary’s debut YA novel. Scroll down for Michael James’ video interview with Gary Lonesborough. Life on ‘The Mish’ is relatively simple for Jackson. Juggling a …

Glace Chase triple x trans love story

Triple X with its eye-popping sex scenes and frank dialogue threatens to challenge society’s perception of love. Glace Chase stars in (and wrote) this first trans love story to brave the Australian mainstage. Triple X is on at Queensland Theatre’s Bille Brown Theatre throughout March. And the reviews are unanimous. Triple X is a 5 …

the producers altitude theatre

Undoubtedly one of the greatest musicals of all time, The Producers, presented by Altitude Theatre, comes to Brisbane Powerhouse this March. Written by comedic genius Mel Brooks, this big brassy show then went on to win a record twelve Tony Awards. Scroll down for video Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan adapted The Producers from Brooks’ …

shannon molloy fourteen queensland memoir

People often dub Australia the “Lucky Country”. However for many LGBTIQ youth, growing up around Australia can simply be the luck of the draw and even a fight to survive as they discover who they are in difficult circumstances. Life in many ways can often feel far from lucky for them, as Shannon Molloy recounts. …

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