artists and events

We work with irreverent and playful sorts who reinvent popular tunes, tales and tropes, who use considerable skill and artistry to entertain, push boundaries around gender and sexuality and, most importantly, to tell a story.

The jewel in our crown is Lady Sings it Better, our four woman cabaret troupe, who sing songs penned and sung by men, turning them upside in a feminist, high-femme explosion of sound. After a month-long season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012, performing at Gilded Balloon, Lady have been hitting the Australian festival circuit, performing at Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Mardi Gras, and Sydney Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Festival of Voices.

In 2015, we’re producing the first Sydney Pushy Women, an event that combines cycling, women and comedy, the brainchild of writer, comedian, atheist postergirl and commuter cyclist evangelist, Catherine Deveny. We’re also curating a soon-to-be-announced season of Late Night Library for the City of Sydney. And we’re in development for new shows to be toured in 2016.

In March 2012 and 2013, we produced seasons of cabaret for Sydney Mardi Gras, featuring a variety of local queer musicians and their collaborators, blackcat lounge. The blackcat lounge took over the Sidetrack Theatre in Marrickville from Feb 14 – March 10 2012, and then graduated to The Factory Floor in 2013, featuring international cabaret sensations Frisky and Mannish.

In 2013, we produced a sold out launch event for 55Upitty, an online project celebrating the stories of older LGBTQI women.

We also produced, Beauty and the Bastard: A Spoonful of Disney, the brainchild of Sydney musicians, Maxine Kauter and James Edgar Francis. These two (and their band) toured to the Adelaide Fringe 2012.

…and we produce HOMAGE, a cabaret tribute night, at which a selection of young queer musicians play HOMAGE to their GLBTQ musical heroes, from Etheridge to di Franco, Village People to Queen, Ricky Martin to the Indigo Girls, Antony to the Gossip…

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Parties, Tassie & Money raised for charity

unnamedWe’ve had a wonderful few weeks and we’re pretty thrilled about the weeks to come. We write a lot asking for support, but we were thrilled to be able to support LGBTQI charity, The Aurora Group, by performing at their Annual Ball at Sydney Town Hall and offering private performances as auction prizes. Two attendees were sufficiently wooed by our Disney/Sondheim medley (the theme was Once Upon a Time) that they purchased the private gigs, raising more than $5000 for Aurora, an organisation that supports LGBTQI community groups including Twenty10 and the Gay & Lesbian Counselling Service. The whole evening raised more than $70,000!

Libby, Hayden and MaeveFor photos of the Aurora Ball make sure you check out the Star Observer and SX albums. Luckily they didn’t capture Maeve’s drunk Snow White arguing with a bouncer at an unnamed Newtown Hotel, but they DID get some snaps of Hayden’s army of handsome fans who trailed him throughout the night.

We realise we’ve launched our Patreon crowdfunding site and promised all sorts of new projects but haven’t told you what they are so a few are outlined below. We are up to $609 per month but we need to hit $1000 per month in order to finish our EP. If enough people pledge $1 (or more if you can), we’ll get there and send some of our favourite tunes to your earholes! Other projects include:

Mother’s Ruin
Maeve & Libby are working hard with Musical Director, Jeremy Brennan to write a history about the cabaret of gin. That doesn’t sound right…but you get the picture! It’ll be a departure from Lady Sings it Better, equal parts historical and hysterical, complete with a gin tasting experience with The Ginstress, Elly Clough.
Costs we need to cover: We need to pay a dramaturg and director, we need to get costumes made and photos taken.
What you get if you donate: Downloads of some of our songs, discount tickets to shows once they’re announced, warm glow of giving! Donate here.
Pushy Women
We’re bringing Catherine Deveny’s wonderful Melbourne comedy+women+cycling event to Sydney! One afternoon only for the Sydney Fringe, you can catch Tracey Spicer, Wendy Harmer, Dee Madigan, Mariam Veiszadeh, Nakkiah Lui and Zoe Norton-Lodge telling tales of their life on two wheels.
Costs we need to cover: Regular event costs like marketing, tech equipment and artist fees.
What you get if you donate: Discount codes for the show! Anyone who pledges over $8US (ie $10AUS) per month gets discount codes to our shows, including this one! We’ll offer reserved seating to all Patreon donors.
Supported by The Squeaky Wheel in Melbourne!
Late Night Library
We’re curating a season of Late Night Library in Kings Cross for the City of Sydney. We’re got 6 amazing shows including Queerstories (a killer line up of local LGBTQI leaders), Library Love Songs with Maxine Kauter, Archer: In Conversation, a Mother’s Ruin work-in-progress showing and more. Feat. Matthew Mitcham, Zoe Coombs Marr, Georgia Rose Cranko, Annaliese Constable, Jeeves Verma, Penny Greenhalgh, Jekyll X James, Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Liz Duck-Chong, the list goes on…
Costs we need the cover: City of Sydney have actually contracted us to do this! Amazing! But Patreon support helps with our company’s ongoing costs.
What you get if you donate: The shows are already free for the audience, but City of Sydney have agreed to let us reserve premium seating for our Patreon supporters.Please consider pledging to support our growing work. If everyone who subscribed to this enews pledged $1 per month, we would reach our next target! Click here

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

unnamed (3)We got the old gang back together to sing a few tunes for Maeve’s mum, Teresa’s 60th birthday party, themed Mods vs. Rockers! The night was a crazy queer celebration with far too many amusing tales to fit here, so read Maeve’s Happy Birthday blog!

Lord knows if any of you are still reading! This Saturday we’re road tripping to Canberra to play a sold out show at Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, then next week we’re off to freezing, wonderful TASMANIA for our Festival of Voices debut. We can’t wait! Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for silly photos and tales from the road.

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