For the first time in Sydney, join us for LIVE recording sessions of the STAGES podcast hosted by Peter Eyers. Come and hear from some of Sydney’s leading...

STAGES Live Show


500 Harris Street
2007 NSW

Powerhouse Museum


Peter Eyers

Peter Eyers

Peter is a graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He is a passionate advocate for the Arts in education and a keen proponent of Australia’s rich Arts heritage. These qualities have all contributed to the evolution of the STAGES podcast and a quest to record oral histories from the artists, the creatives and the ancillary roles that have contributed so vividly to what we relish on stages and screens. As producer and host, he features an array of guests that range from the elders who rightly wear the mantle of legend and star, to the emerging talents, set to shape and define the content of the future.

Carmen Pavlovic

Carmen Pavlovic

Carmen Pavlovic is a Director, Producer and CEO of Global Creatures. The company creates original works and produces internationally. Carmen co-founded Global Creatures with Gerry Ryan OAM and has produced the original works Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, King Kong, Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical and Moulin Rouge! The Musical. 2019 represented a milestone year for Global Creatures with King Kong already running on Broadway, Moulin Rouge! The Musical made its Broadway debut and Muriel’s Wedding the Musical launching to critical acclaim in Australia. Moulin Rouge! The Musical was honoured with 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and is now playing on Broadway, the West End and in Melbourne.

Julie Lynch

Julie Lynch

Julie has worked extensively as a costume and set designer in Australian theatre and was Head of Costume at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) between 2000 and 2005. Julie has won three Sydney Theatre Awards and two Helpmann Awards for Best Costume Design. These awards were for: Travesties (Sydney Theatre Award 2009) for STC; The Bourgeois Gentleman (Sydney Theatre Award 2006) for STC and Festen (Sydney Theatre Award 2005) and The Rocky Horror Show (Helpmann Award 2007) for Dainty Consolidated Entertainment and The Way of the World (Helpmann Award 2003) for STC. Julie was the recipient of the Woman and Arts Fellowship and the Rex Cramphorn Scholarship in 2010. She lectures in Costume Design and History of Costume at NIDA, UTS and Ultimo Institute of Technology. Julie is the 2011 winner of the Australian Production Design Guild Awards for Costume Design on La bohème (Opera Australia).

Jennifer Irwin

Jennifer Irwin

Australian costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s career spans 36 years designing for drama, opera, dance and ballet as well as the largest spectacular events ever staged in Australia. Jenny designed the costumes for Dirty Dancing, the musical, still playing to packed audiences worldwide after 16 years. Costume commissions in Australia include 36 ballets for Sydney Dance Company, 26 years of repertoire for Bangarra Dance Theatre, multiple works for Sydney Theatre Company, The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre Company, Australian Dance Theatre, West Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet and Opera Australia. Jennifer designed costumes for the Awakening segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, co-designed all the costumes for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony and the official ceremony commemorating the Federation of Australia in 2001.

Declan Greene

Declan Greene

Declan Greene is the Artistic Director of the Griffin theatre Company. Alongside Ash Flanders, Declan founded queer independent theatre company Sisters Grimm, and has directed and co-created all their shows to date – including Little Mercy, The Sovereign Wife, Summertime in the Garden of Eden and Calpurnia Descending.
As a playwright, Declan’s original work includes Moth, Pompeii LA, Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography, I Am A Miracle and The Homosexuals or ‘Faggots’, which have been produced across Australia, Europe, the US, and the UK. As a director, his work includes Wake in Fright, Blackie Blackie Brown, Zoey Dawson’s Conviction, and The Listies’ Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark. Declan has won numerous awards including the Green Room Award for Best Original Writing, an AWGIE for Theatre for Young Audiences, the Malcolm Robertson Prize, and the Max Afford Playwright’s Award.

Event Details

For the first time in Sydney, join us for LIVE recording sessions of the STAGES podcast hosted by Peter Eyers. Come and hear from some of Sydney’s leading creatives on what it takes to shape wildly successful performances. You’ll meet musicals super-producer Carmen Pavlovic, costume designers Jennifer Irwin and Julie Lynch, and artistic director Declan Greene over three nights at the Powerhouse Museum as part of Vivid Ideas Up Late series. Stay after each session for more fun that traverses the fashion, queer and ballroom scenes.

Over its five-year history, STAGES has become a vital chronicle of oral histories from across Australia’s rich arts landscape. In 2019, it was awarded Best New Podcaster and continues to build a loyal following.

Thursday 2 June - 6.30pm

GLOBAL STORIES with The Producer – Carmen Pavlovic

Global Creatures has made its mark around the world with inventive productions of stage musicals adapted from the hit films Strictly Ballroom, King Kong and Moulin Rouge. These adaptations are vivid in their flamboyance and visual impact. CEO of Global Creatures Carmen Pavlovic shares the story of the company and its world domination with current hit show, Moulin Rouge.

After the talk, stick around for a night of vibrant fashion with Beautiful Freak in the Machine – a celebration of Sydney Style curated by David Bonney.


Thursday 9 June - 6.30pm

FLAIR with The Costume Designers – Jennifer Irwin and Julie Lynch

Theatre costumes are a vital element in the communication of narrative. They complete characters, offering an aesthetic which informs the audience and providing a vivid insight to the world of the play.

Join two leaders in the field of Costume Design – Jennifer Irwin and Julie Lynch – creative women who have conquered world stages. Together they enable an easy, thrilling, and powerful access point into the art of costume design in the theatre.

After the talk, stick around for a night of Ballroom bliss curated by Father Silky Xander and Jamaica Moana. Celebrate Western Sydney’s creativity and the ballroom scene as a place of self-expression, identity, inclusivity and family.


Thursday 16 June - 5.30pm

DRAG ROYALTY with iconic drag queens Miss 3D and Cindy Pastel

Miss 3D and Cindy Pastel are two of Sydney’s most iconic drag queens, originating in the 70’s and still performing today.

Miss 3D came from Ballarat to Sydney in time to join the cast of Synthetic Diamonds, the last performance of the legendary radical drag troupe Sylvia and the Synthetics, at Paddington Hall in 1977.

Cindy Pastel debuted in 1979 at a talent quest at Patches in Oxford Street. She didn’t win, but hostess Trixie Lamont offered her full-time work, and she soon gained fame as the original foul-mouthed drag queen.

3D and Cindy performed together in The Showbags at the Albury Hotel, and both went on to have legendary careers as icons of the Sydney drag scene. The main character in Priscilla Queen of the Desert was modelled on Cindy, and Miss 3D starred in countless shows, as well as becoming the cake queen of Sydney, with her designs for the baking competition fundraisers for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation out-ranking all competitors.

Expect some fur to fly as the two grand dames of drag feed off one another in this unique interview.


Thursday 16 June - 6.30pm

QUEER with The Artistic Director – Declan Green

Declan Greene is the Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company. This champion of new Australian works has made a vivid impression through his contribution to the field, employing dazzling command and invention to make ‘queer theatre’.

In 2006, Declan co-founded Sisters Grimm, a resonant company that has cultivated a unique style of queer experimental theatre renowned for its accessibility. Sydney audiences may recall his productions of Calpurnia Descending, Summertime in the Garden of Eden, Little Mercy, La Traviata, and The Homosexuals or ‘Faggots’.

After the talk, stick around for a night of queer history and celebration curated by Johnny Allen, C. Moore Hardy and Dino Demetriades.

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