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Woolf & Wilde: A Queer Party


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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

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Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of the acclaimed memoir The Hate Race, the award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the poetry collections Carrying The World and How Decent Folk Behave, and many other books for adults and children. Her forthcoming poetry collection is It’s The S... Read more

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 Frin... Read more

James Andrews

James Andrews is an Australian dancer and dance maker with a broader practice spanning sound, costume and visual design. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, James is an Artistic Associate of 2NDTOE – presenting collaborative work, as well as his own solo work, in various forms around ... Read more

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 participator... Read more

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. Recent theatre works include: Box Me (AIDS 2014), Iron Man: ... Read more

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. With a Helpmann Award 2014 and ten Green Room gongs, Yana Alana and Tha Paranas is cabaret at its very be... Read more

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. ... Read more

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... Read more

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is the author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia (2012), the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic (2017) and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019). He’s also an AWGIE Award-winning screenwriter who created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning TV series The Family Law (SBS... Read more


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