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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 the author of six books, including the ABIA and Indie award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil (2014), and the critically acclaimed memoir The Hate Race (2016), which is currently being adapted for the Australian stage. Her poetry collection Carrying The World won the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry.

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 ‘Thy Neighbour’ 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 is a journalist, columnist, screenwriter and author of two books – The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). Both were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now in its fourth reprint, and has been translated into French and adapted into an AACTA-nominated SBS TV series.

He's the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014), with his sister Michelle, and Law School, with his mother Jenny Phang. He also wrote the September 2017 Quarterly Essay, 'Moral Panic 101'. He is a frequent contributor to Good WeekendFrankie and the Monthly.

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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