Brisbane’s own queer arts festival MELT is currently in full swing and there’s still time to check out some amazing performances in the festival’s second week. Here are a few of the highlights

First Things First

After premiering in New York, this hilarious and technically astounding dance piece is ready to be your ‘first’.
Do you remember your first day of school? The first time you rode a bike? Your first kiss? The first time is always memorable. But then you do it a second time, then a third. Suddenly, it’s second nature.
Join award-winning performer Joseph Simons as he explores the art of ‘getting used to it’ in this mind-blowing display of virtuosic dance and physical theatre.

First Things First will be staged 10-13 Feb at the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse.
Simon Burke: Something About Always

With a career spanning from Play School to the London Palladium, Simon Burke is a national treasure.
Commencing with an exclusive night in the Powerhouse Theatre, let Simon seduce you with his velvety voice as he performs his favourite songs in Something About Always. With musical direction by Daniel Edmonds (Strictly Ballroom The Musical) this is Simon at his most intimate and accomplished.

Simon Burke will perform Something About Always Thurs 11 Feb at the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse.

MELT Beauty Pageant

Move over RuPaul, there’s a new contest in town. Cheer on drag queens, kings and trans beauties as they battle it out to be crowned winner of the MELT Beauty Pageant. We all know that anything goes at a beauty pageant and things are about to get feisty as ten competitors go wig to wig, glitter to glitter.
There are three categories to be won: Graceful Glamourzons, Tremendous Talent and Condom Costume – and then the ultimate crown of Brisbane Beauty will be bestowed.

The MELT Beauty Pageant will be held Sun 14 Feb at the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse.

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