Today is the beginning of the tonguesiclelipcious Gay* celebarations in Melbourne, known inclusively as Midsumma.
Over the next three weeks, the queer community is going to give a whole lotta entertainment the way Gays intended. Showcasing these are your friendly theatres at Gasworks Art Park, Theatre Works, La Mama, Chapel off Chapel and Revolt.
Of particular note is the Men at Work triptych at Theatre Works, programmed by their new artistic director Daniel Clarke. On offer are; Internationally acclaimed Mother/SON, originally directed by David L. Carson in New York, The Year of Magical Wanking, written in lyrical verse and performed by Neil Watkins (WERK at Abbey Theatre,) and the co-founder of Sisters Grimm Ash Flanders’ Negative Energy Inc.
At La Mama, catch the scrumptuous absurdist tragicomedy, The Pineapple Sorrows, while down the road, Carlton Courthouse is presenting Landscape Dreaming, a Will-and-Grace type domestic physical theatre directed by Damien Alexander Bernardo.
Gasworks Arts Park’s season includes the popular and easy to love Spontaneous Boradway, ‘lesbitarian’ comedian Urzila Carlson’s A Whole Lotta Woman and Melbourne Ballet Company’s very athletic In One Day, Prologue: Infinite Space.
And don’t scoff at Chapel off Chapel’s Britney Spears: The Cabaret, written for Christie Whelan, directed by Dean Bryant. I will quickly be getting a ticket, before it sells out again.
Other genres are available, ranging from visual arts, live music, film, sports (Check out The Australian Same-sex Dancesports,) to spoken word and literature, catered predominantly by Hares and Hyenas’ 20th Anniversary Word is Out season which boasts a breathtaking 20 events held in that little bookshop.
And amongst these there will be parties. Of course.
So get your bony ass down to Midsumma. Your gay side needs a bit of tending to.
*Queer, or LGBTI