Brisbane’s very own celebration of all things queer is back – and with last year’s historic yes vote, there is plenty to celebrate (and dissect) at the upcoming MELT Festival. In its fourth year, MELT now opens on IDAHOT Day (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia).
Over 11 days of cabaret, comedy, musical theatre and talks, MELT celebrates the vibrant diversity of the LGBTI+ community. With drag, parties and pride galore, the culture-fest is unlike anything else on the annual calendar. Get involved at these must-see events.
Remembered for being the first to speak so openly about life as a gay man, Quentin Crisp defied those who had come before him. In Resident Alien, Helpmann Award-winner Paul Capsis pays homage to Crisp by stepping into his shoes. As Crisp, he invites you into his New York apartment for a frank chat about life – and no topics are off limits.
MELT Beauty Pageant
Which drag queen, drag king or trans beauty is the fairest of them all? The annual MELT Beauty Pageant returns to crown the worthy winner; but first, glory must be earned. Contestants will compete in three rounds – Graceful Glamourzons, Tremendous Talent and Costume with a Message – with Miss Tina Bikki as host.
Love anthems for same-sex couples are few and far between, but that doesn’t mean the great love duets can’t be given a MELT-style makeover. Coupling will see Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Camerata, take music from the 70s, 80s and 90s to create a pop-filled love-fest the LGBTI+ community will relate to.
How Not To Be A Boy
Australia’s ideas around masculinity are deeply entrenched into our culture. But what happens when you don't live up to society’s ideas of what maketh a man? For How Not To Be A Boy, comedian Robert Webb will sit down with writer Benjamin Law to reflect on the expectations they faced as boys and men, and how these experiences affected them.
Incorporating comedy, burlesque, cabaret and circus into a single dizzying performance, Briefs defies male gender stereotypes. The troupe is always popular when they perform in Brisbane, and this show has a futuristic theme that wraps around Briefs’ signature witty social commentary.
23 May to 2 June
Though it’s a contemporary pop rock LGBTI+ musical, Bare is set in one of the most traditional and conservative environments of all: a catholic boarding school. Students Peter and Jason have fallen in love in this setting that is anything but conducive to their relationship. As they struggle to find a way to come out, tensions begin to simmer and popular athlete Jason worries how he will cope with the fallout.
24 May to 2 June
Power and identity are the themes of Turbine – a searing ballet and live music performance by Collusion. Together, dance and music work together to pose the question: what price are we willing to pay for certain freedoms?
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