Brisbane’s Metro Arts Theatre, in partnership with the Brisbane Festival, is set to thrill audiences with the festival within a festival, “Unbuttoned: A festival of gender, art and you.”
For four days, September 15 to 18, a sexy program of performance, visual art, film, workshops and talks that open the gap between man and woman and the space in between will take over Metro Arts’ heritage building on Edward Street.
This year, Metro Arts is hosting Brisbane Festival’s annual “Gender Gaze” photographic exhibition. High school students and the general public were invited to submit original works that best captured their thoughts on the statement, “Gender is on our minds. The gap in gender opportunities and privileges. The shifts in gender roles. The increasing opening up of our understanding of gender identity. How do you see gender in the world around you?”
Grotesque and gorgeous showgirl Betty Grumble (Emma Gibson) will surprise and tantalise with her one woman show Grumble: Sex Clown Saves The World. For one performance only the queen of the obscene will shock with her delicious mix of comedy, dance, theatre, burlesque and social commentary.
Adam Seymour, a.k.a. the Rural Ranga, is an Australian “happy ending” masseur from New York who’s bringing his informative and playful “Wank Bank” masterclass of original techniques to perfect the art of handling your partner’s member (or your own).
Tristan Meecham will host a free talk with two local LGBTI icons, Jill Bowen and Brian Day, to chat about gender, sexuality and LGBTI discrimination in Queensland from the 1970’s to the present day.
Meanwhile, glitter curtains and metallic balloons will become the backdrop for empowerment at the festival’s Femioke event, a night of fierce singalong anthems in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
Metro Arts’ Unbuttoned Festival is one of dozens of events as part of this year’s Brisbane Festival, which runs in venues around Brisbane from September 3-24. To see the full Unbuttoned timetable and to buy tickets visit MetroArts.com.au
(Adam Seymour photo by TT Baum, Betty Grumble photo by Dean Tirkot)