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
500 Harris Street
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.