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Middlesex: Queer Week

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Woolf & Wilde: A Queer Party

At the climax of a heady week of queer discussion at the Wheeler Centre, we’re inviting you to come together – anybody, everybody – for a celebration of queerness and difference. A sly confection of dance, drag, slam poetry, performance art and music will feature in short bursts throughout this inclusive affair, with ample room to talk, share a drink and meet new and old friends. Slam poet Maxine Beneba Clarke, comedic character Beau Heartbreaker, performer and poet Dosh Luckwell, cabaret artist Yana Alana, writer Benjamin Law, DJ Whiskey Houston, dancer James Andrews, transsexual porn star and filmmaker Buck Angel and performance artist Tristan Meecham lead our growing list of guests.

Transposing discussion into action, this unique event brings together all the ingredients of a great conversation about sex, gender and identity: ideas, provocations, people and a party.

It’s a chance to be your freest self … and it’ll be camp, OTT, OMG. The cherry on top of the icing on the cake.

If talk is cheap, let’s get free. #WoolfAndWilde

Middlesex: Queer Week

We’ve come a long way since the bad old days when any sexuality that wasn’t heterosexual, monogamous and sealed by marriage was kept behind the bedroom door and between the sheets (or up against the wall). In a week of open discussion and joyous celebration, we’re exploring sexuality and identity in all their alternative forms.

Who?

Portrait of Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Maxine's short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, the AgeMeanjin, the Saturday Paper and the Big Issue. Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015 and the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writing at the 2015 ABIAs and the 2015 Stella Prize. She was also named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists for 2015. 

Portrait of Selina Jenkins

Selina Jenkins

Selina Jenkins is an acclaimed musician, award winning cabaret artist and celebrated character comedian. She has performed extensively throughout Australia and the US, appeared on ABC Comedy Up Late and will be debuting her highly anticipated new solo show ‘Boobs’ at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival. Selina is also the woman behind renowned comedy character 'Beau Heartbreaker'.

Portrait of James Andrews

James Andrews

James Andrews is an Australian dancer and dance maker with a broader practice spanning sound, costume and visual design.

Portrait of Tristan Meecham

Tristan Meecham

Tristan Meecham is an artist who facilitates creative frameworks that enable social transformation; connecting community, audience and artists together in events that transcend the everyday. He is the Director of All The Queens Men.

All The Queens Men create spectacular theatrical and participatory arts experiences. Established with Bec Reid, All The Queens Men champion social equality, celebrating diverse community through creative action and in exciting art contexts.

Portrait of Dosh Luckwell

Dosh Luckwell

Dosh Luckwell is a theatre maker, performer and poet. Luckwell’s performance practice is a crossover of theatre, poetry, music, dance and installation that explores the themes of intimacy, sexuality, sex, relationships, gender and power.

Portrait of Yana Alana

Yana Alana

Teetering on the brink of cult status whilst on the verge of a nervous breakdown, Yana Alana is the divine and deluded alter-ego of Sarah Ward, one of Australia’s fastest rising cabaret stars.

Portrait of Whiskey Houston

Whiskey Houston

The statuesque, frosted-blonde love-child of Brigette Neilsen and Annie Lennox, DJ Whiskey Houston is a contemporary vehicle for the cold, hard glamour of the androgynous 80s, transporting revellers to an alternate universe of hard-out camp, where disco reigns - and glitter rains – supreme.

Portrait of Buck Angel

Buck Angel

Buck Angel was born a biological female and conquered a lifetime of adversity to undergo his transformation and become the healthy, happy, self-confident man he is today. Buck created the first FTM adult website in 2003 and became the first FTM adult entertainer and film producer. In 2007, Buck made history again as the first transsexual man to ever win the AVN Transsexual Performer of the Year award (the academy awards of the adult industry).

Portrait of Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law writes books, TV screenplays, columns, essays and feature journalism. He’s the author of the memoir The Family Law (2010), the travel book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) – both nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards – and the Quarterly Essay on Safe Schools, Moral Panic 101 (2017). 

He also created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law, and his sold-out debut play Torch the Place (Melbourne Theatre Company) ran February–March 2020.

Middlesex: Queer Week

We’ve come a long way since the bad old days when any sexuality that wasn’t heterosexual, monogamous and sealed by marriage was kept behind the bedroom door and between the sheets (or up against the wall). In a week of open discussion and joyous celebration, we’re exploring sexuality and identity in all their alternative forms.

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