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Feb28

New LGBTI art gallery kicks off with U Picky Poof pop-art exhibition

POSTED ON // Saturday, 28 February 2015 Written by // Garrett Bithell

New LGBTI art gallery kicks off with U Picky Poof pop-art exhibition

A building that was once the site of a high-profile murder, a renowned HIV clinic, a drug trafficking base, and a sex dungeon is now home to a new GLBTI art gallery, showcasing works for the Mardi Gras Festival.

Feb27

Review: Mother Clap's Molly House

POSTED ON // Friday, 27 February 2015 Written by // Veronica Hannon

Review: Mother Clap's Molly House

Mark Ravenhill is a contemporary playwright like no other. Not all the British writer’s works have been successful, but he’s never been afraid to say what he thinks needs to be said. Mother Clap’s Molly House, first performed at The National, London, in 2001, is a riotous play with songs. It quite rightly has got another outing at the Newie for Mardi Gras.

It’s London in the early 18th century. Mrs Tull has got a few problems, and a straying husband is just one of them. The local prostitutes and main customers of her frock hire business are proving a headache. The apprentice Martin keeps taking off and won’t say where he goes when he’s “a-wandering”. Then Mr Tull up and dies. There’s little mercy on streets of this town and losing a husband can mean a bleak future. Still chancing upon Martin and his mates in skirts, Mrs Tull becomes aware of the gay subculture and has an idea to set up a “molly house”. And so Mrs Tull becomes Mother Clap and in doing so provides a safe-haven for all. Meanwhile in the new millennium a few wealthy gay Londoners are planning an orgy.

Louise Fischer’s production makes great use of the large stage area, and the scene shifts to modern London and back are well handled. This work dictates a no-holds-barred approach and the energetic cast prove up to the task. The action is played in front of and sometimes behind, designer Bethany Sheehan’s set of large scrim screens, an arresting feature being four suspended period underdresses.  

Music plays an important part in the show and everyone seems to enjoy the songs (by Matthew Scott) including the fine ditty ‘Come Let Us Fuck Finely’. Lord Lovaduck accompanies on piano.

There are lots of larger than life characters.  On opening night, in the pivotal role of Mrs Tull, I thought Deborah Jones still had some way to go. There is already great work from Steve Corner as the transvestite seamstress Princess Serafina and Chantel Leseberg in the dual roles of Amy, an eager whore and Tina, a drug dealer’s homophobic girlfriend.

I enjoyed this immensely. The first half has some brilliant moments. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions about the writer's thoughts on the commodification of sex.

Mother Clap’s Molly House is on at New Theatre until 7 March. Bookings at www.newtheatre.org.au

[Top image] broadwayworld.com

Feb27

Pride & Prejudice: Rhys Nicholson's open letter to Brisbane

POSTED ON // Friday, 27 February 2015 Written by // Rhys Nicholson

Pride & Prejudice:  Rhys Nicholson's open letter to Brisbane

Comedian Rhys Nicholson shares his thoughts in this open letter to Brisbane ahead of his Powerhouse appearance...

Feb26

Morrissey confirmed for Vivid LIVE

POSTED ON // Thursday, 26 February 2015 Written by // Garrett Bithell

Morrissey confirmed for Vivid LIVE

British music visionary Morrissey will perform four exclusive shows at Vivid LIVE during Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Feb26

Lady Gaga to star in American Horror Story – Will her meat dress be resurrected?

POSTED ON // Thursday, 26 February 2015 Written by // Sabine Brix

Lady Gaga to star in American Horror Story – Will her meat dress be resurrected?

Lady Gaga is the latest celebrity to step into the dark disturbing world of American Horror Story.

Feb26

Looking for Sydney's best pub food? Look no further...

POSTED ON // Thursday, 26 February 2015

Looking for Sydney's best pub food? Look no further...

From mega pubs to intimate wine bars Sydney has some fabulous venues to enjoy a tipple and some grub. Gourmet burgers, wagyu beef, yum cha and lobster rolls are common fodder on menus from Potts Point to Bondi. Here are some of the finest bar food that Sydney has to offer.

Feb26

Review: Pride

POSTED ON // Thursday, 26 February 2015 Written by // Andrew Shaw

Review: Pride

Andrew Shaw looks at Pride, a film about struggle and solidarity in an era when communities both gay and straight were under attack. 

Feb26

Francis Bacon’s artistic nightmares on stage

POSTED ON // Thursday, 26 February 2015 Written by // Andrew Shaw

Francis Bacon’s artistic nightmares on stage

Francis Bacon painted some of the most striking images of the 20th century and now a one-man show about his life is coming to Brisbane after winning critical acclaim in Edinburgh and London.