Queerstories is heading to Riverside Theatres for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ 40th anniversary celebrations on February 9th.
The highly anticipated LGBTQI storytelling night will be host to a diverse line up of stars and strangers that will highlight tales of battles fought, and lives lived with pride, prejudice, love and humour.
Written and produced by Maeve Marsden who also joins the line-up of storytellers, Queerstories has enjoyed sold-out shows for over a year; with the show providing LGBTQI people with the ability to ‘hear our own stories, celebrate our lives and experiences’ as Marsden describes.
Special guests include Karen Therese, a famed theatre-maker hailing from Mt Druitt in Western Sydney. Therese has a plethora of curatorial and artistic conquests under her belt, such as artistic directing the Powerhouse Youth Theatre in Fairfield, as well as curating the MCA ArtBar in 2015 for an all-western Sydney focused night. Her experience and success will provide insightful stories that will enhance Queerstories authenticity and relatability, with Karen’s practice being grounded in performance, political activism and community building.
Also among the line up is Western Sydney Writer/Director Vonne Patiag. With his short films such as ‘Window’, ‘Yang’ and ‘The Dead Man’s Face Was My Own’ winning multiple awards at local and international film festivals, Patiag’s body of work on issues of masculinity, racism and queer identity in Western Sydney. Having faced and dealt with issues of racism and geographical prejudice, the filmmakers insight into what it means to be queer in a contemporary Australia will surely enlighten the Queerstories stage.
Prominent Sydney act ‘2 Boys in Saris’ will also feature on the Riverside stage, with their comedy and theatrics that will start a dialogue about tradition, culture, gender norms and LGBTQI pride. Alongside these acts are many more excellent speakers and performers such as activist Mel Gardiner and author Peter Polites to share stories about their own histories and narratives.
This event is an important part of the 2018 Mardi Gras celebrations, with Queerstories providing a platform for the LGBTQI community to share stories that they have been creating and living for centuries. Queerstories will disrupt conventions and give rise to new perspectives; ensuring audiences will have a moving and surprising night out in Sydney’s West.
This show is one night only; so, make sure you get your tickets here: https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/queerstories