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THIS AIN’T NO PUSSY SHOW

THIS AIN’T NO PUSSY SHOW

THIS AIN’T NO PUSSY SHOW

By Kate Harman with Toby Angus

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Ever wondered if patriarchy was a pyramid scheme for men?

Kate has, and she ain’t pussying around; she has a boy to raise and he has questions.

Why are you shouting?

Am I really toxic?

How come you can say dick but I can’t say pussy?

Using text, movement, skateboarding, map-making and rap music This Ain’t No Pussy Show takes a poetic and personal dive into the relationship between mother and son.

It’s a messy, wild, unpredictable, and sometimes foolish terrain – this is their map, a navigation of danger and misunderstanding.

 

DATES

Thu 16 – Sat 18 Sep, 2021

NEW SHOW ADDED: Thu 16 Sep

TIMES

Thu + Fri 7:30pm
Sat 3pm + 7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Groups 6+
$35*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

Includes ticket + pre-show dinner at our partner restaurants Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Baazar:
General $70 / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains course language, strobe lighting and haze.

THE ARTISTS

Kate Harman – Concept/Direction/Performance
Kate Harman is an Australian dancer and choreographer. She has created and performed in dance, theatre, circus, performative installation and in projects created with amateurs and young people. She is a core member of The Farm, collaborating on works such as Cockfight, The Ninth Wave, Throttle and Helpmann Award winning TIDE. Her practice currently focuses on the notions of authenticity and connection, in the context of performance. Her works have been presented nationally and internationally in the contexts such as Dance Massive, Darwin Festival, Bleach Festival, Festival 2018 (for the Commonwealth Games), the United Kingdom through Dance Touring Partnership and GAM, Chile. As a performer she has been nominated for a Greenroom Award and with The Farm won a Helpmann, Drovers and most recently an Australian Dance Award.

Toby Angus – Performer/Collaborator
Toby Angus is an active 16 year old, with a wide range of interests including music, skateboarding, boxing and performing. He trained with The Farm through the Greenhouse program, performing in several projects, the most notable being The Ninth Wave, as part of Bleach Festival 2018. He performed in the opening of Bleach Festival 2017 in the work Horizons with Angels as part of the children’s chorus and his first professional performance was in the work Sundowner by Kage Physical Theatre, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in 2012. He also featured in the music video, Paint this Land by Busby Marou in 2017. Outside of school he is currently learning guitar, training in boxing and taking voice/singing lessons.

Gavin Webber- Writer & Director
Gavin started dancing late after many lost years spent hitch-hiking, skiing, writing, camping and studying. Eventually he decided to start making art instead and joined Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre and following that Belgian company Ultima Vez. Throughout his career Gavin has worked between Australia and Europe and was Artistic Director of Dancenorth from 2005 to 2009. His present role is as co-Artistic Director of The Farm. He was awarded the Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award in 2017, and with The Farm a Helpmann, a Drover’s Award and an Ausdance award. He also had a sandwich named after him in Lucia’s Cafe in Adelaide. Gavin has written text for a number of works over the past 15 years including Cockfight, Lawn, Food Chain & Remember Me as well as for Letzte Welten and You’re a Winner for Theatre Freiburg, Germany. Gavin completed a screenwriting course for AFTRS in 2020.

Min Collie-Holmes – Dramaturg
Melinda (Min) Collie-Holmes graduated from the NIDA Directing Course in 1997 and has worked in a diverse range of roles in both performing arts and community engagement, nationally and internationally over a 20 year professional career. She has worked as an Artistic Director, Director, CEO, Producer, Dramaturg and Strategic planner for a number of Australia’s leading arts and cultural organisations including Shopfront Theatre for Young People, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, Big h’Art, Contact Inc, Australian Art Orchestra, Darwin Festival, City of Gold Coast, Circa ( Festival 2018) and Bleached Arts. She has extensive directing and dramaturgy experience working with theatre and young people, having worked as the AD/ CEO for Shopfront Theatre for Young People in Sydney. She has delivered a vast range of projects and programs from international collaborations and commissions; to large-scale community projects; to projects that have developed and profiled local artists and arts organisations.

Kate Harman Concept/Direction/Performance

Gavin Webber Writer & Director

Toby Angus Performer/Collaborator

Min Collie-Holmes Dramaturg

Anna Whitaker Composition & Sound Design

Chloe Ogilvie Lighting Design & Production Management

Rozina Suliman Costume & Set Design

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. This Ain’t No Pussy Show is produced by The Farm with development support from La Boite as part of HWY 2020, and supported by Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance through The Makers Program – a commissioning project assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Regional Arts Development Fund which is a partnership between the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland; and proudly supported by HOTA Home of the Arts. Additional support from WOW Australia.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

By Jenny Wynter

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Four hilarious Mamas. One Rocking Show.

Jump aboard the life-raft of laughter with award-winning comedian and mother of six, Jenny Wynter, for a smashing evening of comedy.

Launched with a mission to improve mothers’ mental health through laughter, Wynter has assembled some of Australia’s funniest comedians who also happen to have birthed loin fruit.

Joined by Kat Davidson, Bron Lewis and Jo Gowda, it’s tales of epic mothering fails, the crap parts of parenthood, and ever-relatable domestic dramas in two hours of comedic relief.

You’ll cackle, you’ll shriek, you’ll make like Patrick Swayze and have the time of your life.

DATES

Wed 22 – Sat 25 Sep, 2021

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Groups 6+ $35*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

Includes ticket + pre-show dinner at our partner restaurants Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Baazar:
General $70 / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.

THE ARTISTS

Jenny Wynter
Jenny Wynter is an award-winning comedian who has performed at festivals and venues all over the world. She got her start training in improvised comedy with some of the greatest teachers in the world including with Second City USA and Loose Moose Theatre in Canada. Her awards include Best Variety Show at United Solo Festival NYC, the Award for Excellence in Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe She won the ABC iView Pitch Perfect Award for her web series concept “Viking Mama!” (based on her live show of the same name), and is a Green Room Award nominee for Best Cabaret Writing. Jenny is a passionate mental health advocate and the founder of Funny Mummies™.

Kat Davidson
Seeing Kat on stage is like visiting an old friend you haven’t met yet. She’s shared the stage with the world’s best comics (Stephen K Amos, Steven Wright, Dave Hughes to shamelessly name drop a few), tamed a shed full of drunk miners, kept a 17 year marriage off the rocks and is currently being parented by her five year old. She can be heard regularly across Queensland ABC radio and has headlined the best clubs in Australia and Canada. She is also the co-producer of the highly successful Ladies Comedy Nights in Brisbane, can regularly be found at sea performing for huge crowds on P&O Cruise ships and enjoyed sell out seasons of her original show Untidy at the 2012 Brisbane Comedy Festival and husband and wife co-production He Said, She Said (with husband Stav Davidson) at Wonderland Festival.

Bron Lewis
Bron Lewis has recently escaped the bin-fire that is Melbourne, and has taken the Brisbane comedy scene by storm. A state finalist for Raw Comedy, and a four-time champion of The Moth Storytelling competition, Bron is a natural on the stage. Her passion for comedy is palpable, as is her sheer relief of having a night off mothering her three small kids. This woman will make you laugh – you can bet your bottom dollar on that.

Jo Gowda
Jo is an Indian born Australian stand up comic. As a RAW comedy finalist in 2019 and 2020, Jo will disarm you with her quick wit and cheeky sense of humour. Jo uses her humour to break barriers, shatter stereotypes and incite thought. you’ll find her humour relatable, amusing and sprinkled with dry wit. She describes herself as Australia’s second best import (after cricket of course).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. 

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

Presented by Pink Matter & Metro Arts

We’re celebrating Pink Matter’s 4th birthday with a kick-ass party!

Presented by Pink Matter and Breakin’ Events, we bring to you 1v1 Womxns’ and 1v1 Open style categories.

Dress fresh, hit the bar and get ready for a wild night of performances, cyphers and battles.

DATES

3pm, Sat 23 Oct, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Spectator Admission $20 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

debase productions

Presented by Metro Arts 

Grab your pals for a rollicking night out, this festival-fav is back with a nostalgia-blaring homage to the humble leotard and its epic transformational possibilities.

Vintage leotards, glittering with sequins, Lycra in every colour of the rainbow. One by one, the performers pull on the Lycra and are transformed. Who were the women who wore these leotards? What were their secrets? And how many interpretive dance routines will there be?

Two of Australia’s most fearless physical comedians, Bridget Boyle and Neridah Waters, present this joyous celebration of performance, body-positivity and glitter.

“A true master-class in physical comedy and storytelling.
Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

“…funny and surprisingly poignant …Neridah Waters and Bridget Boyle made an unmatchable duo.”
– Theatre Haus

DATES

Thu 9 – Sat 18 Dec

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Preview Thu 9 Dec / $35 + booking fee
Concession
$35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.

Image by Jade Ellis.

THE ARTISTS

Neridah Waters (Performer/Creator) is a choreographer, performer and theatre maker. She’s toured her work extensively in Australia and overseas with Lala Parlour, Common People Dance Project, Brides of Frank and The Escapists. She’s worked as an actor/choreographer for La Boîte, Queensland Theatre, Imaginary Theatre, DeBase, Metro Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, PlayLab and NORPA. She’s choreographed large-scale community projects for Queensland Music Festival and QPAC’s Out Of The Box Festival. She runs an ironic Eisteddfod with a regular outcome at Brisbane Festival. She recently performed Boyle and Waters in LEOTARD at Metro Arts, ran the Common People Dance Eisteddfod and Socially Distanced Dance Club at Brisbane Festival and directed the Flipside Circus show for HOTA’s Scoop Festival.

Dr. Bridget Boyle (Performer/Creator) is a co-founder of debase productions, winner of the 2018 Gold Matilda award for special contribution to Queensland theatre. She has worked extensively in the field of clowning as a director, performer and teacher, having studied with Philippe Gaulier in 2001. With debase productions she has been involved in the creation (writing, directing and performance) of many new works, including The Longest Minute (co-production with Queensland Theatre and JUTE), co-winner of Best Mainstage Production Matilda Awards 2018. For Queensland Theatre she has appeared in The Works: Taking Aim, The Estimator, Lily Can’t Sleep, Europe, The Venetian Twins, Scapin and Backseat Drivers. For La Boite theatre, she appeared in Romeo and Juliet and He Died with a Felafel in his Hand (with Someone Productions). Directing credits include, for JUTE theatre: To Kill a Cassowary, for Queensland Theatre: The Holidays, The Longest Minute (co-pro with JUTE and debase), Rice (QPDA Finalists reading), The Landmine is Me and Hurry up and Wait. For Flipside Circus and Metro Arts: We Live Here (co-directed with Natano Fa’anana, Winner, Best Direction 2018 Matilda Awards).

Lucas Stibbard (Director / Creator) makes theatre and performance work as an actor, performer, director, designer, dramaturg, writer, educator and producer. With The Escapists, a multi-disciplinary collective he co-founded, he co-wrote, co-directed, produced and performed in the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, nationally and internationally touring boy girl wall (for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination) Elephant Gun for the World Theatre Festival 2011 and 2012, Attack of the Attacking Attackers!, Packed and Suburbia for the Brisbane Festival. Lucas’ performing work both nationally and internationally has included: Bell Shakespeare (Richard III and The Alchemist national tours), La Boite (Straight White Men, The Danger Age, Zig Zag Street national tour), Queensland Theatre (Constellations, The Seagull, Macbeth, Hamlet, Fractions, Grimm Tales, Real Inspector Hound, Black Comedy, Eating Ice Cream With Your Eyes Closed, Richard II), The State Theatre Company of South Australia (Hamlet), Melbourne Theatre Company (North by Northwest), Shake n Stir (A Christmas Carol), and Windmill Theatre (Grug including IPAY Florida and Imaginate Edinburgh and China in November/December 2017). Film and Television appearances include Hoges, Harrow, Wanted, Prank Patrol, Kokoda and The Great Raid. This year Lucas was invited to join the UK cast of North By Northwest for their UK premiere season as well as their Canadian Premiere season. 

Neridah Waters Performer / Creator

Bridget Boyle Performer / Creator

Lucas Stibbard Director / Creator / Sound Designer / Scenic Designer

Cameron Clark Scenic Designer / Design Realisation

Christine Felmingham Lighting Designer

Nathan Sibthorpe Video Designer

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

PINK INC

PINK INC

PINK INC

Presented by Pink Matter & Metro Arts

Join the Pink Matter team and say bye-bye to 2021 with this end-of-year party like no other!

Fresh from a massive year as Metro Arts’ 2021 Company in Residence, Pink Matter are inviting a cavalcade of guests to join them for one of the hypest dance events of the year.

Grab your posse and get ready for this mind-bending evening of entertainment, as some of the fiercest dance talents in Queensland set the tone to welcome 2022 with an effervescent bang.

 

DATES

6:30pm, Mon 20 Dec, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $10 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information.