Riverside Theatres presents Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival
Featuring Raveena Grover, Charles O’Grady, Laura Hart, Brandon Bear, Dibs Daniel Barisic Šprem and Steven Lindsay Ross
Sydney’s favourite LGBTQI storytelling event returns to the West for one night only!
Join host Maeve Marsden and an eclectic line-up of stars and strangers for an evening of our city’s queerstories. The unexpected tales of lives well lived, battles fought and pride, prejudice, love and humour.
The LGBTQI+ community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating our own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family and community. In its usual home in Redfern, Queerstories has been selling out every month for two years, bringing storytellers from all walks of life to the stage. Funny, moving, surprising and engaging, the stories from Queerstories are also available on the podcast and in a collection of stories published by Hachette in 2018.
Dates & Times
Saturday 9 February 2019 at 8pm
This event is Auslan interpreted
Laura Hart has been performing for over ten years, focusing on improvisation, comedy & drag. She performs regularly around Sydney, and has been in shows such as ITS the News, Variety Fair, Heaps Gay, Comedyish & Comedians Talk Over Movies. She has trained at Impro Australia, Improv Theatre Sydney & UCB. She is a Raw Comedy State Finalist, and in 2017 travelled to New York to perform in shows Confetti Gun, and Queer Far Wherever You Are. She has worked creatively with not for profit organisations such as Camp Quality, The Starlight Children’s Foundation, Ted Noffs & Milkcrate Theatre. Laura was a 2017 Young Social Pioneer with the Foundation for Young Australians – developing and sharing her improv comedy program for people with anxiety. Laura is a member of the Improv Theatre Sydney Faculty & Ensemble and is the company’s Outreach, Diversity & Inclusion Officer.
Raveena Grover is a multidisciplinary creative who has written for Sweatshop Western Sydney, UTS Vertigo and Hijacked. She has also performed poetry with Bankstown Poetry Slam and Between Two Worlds. She is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of how South Asian culture and queerness intersect as a diasporic Punjabi.
Dibs Barisic Sprem is an energetic and avid queer rights enthusiast who identifies as non binary. Since their early teens Dibs has advocated solidly for the sex and gender diverse community. They have volunteered for LGBTIQA not for profits Wear It Purple, ACON and the Pinnacle Foundation, where Dibs is alumni. In 2017 Dibs co developed a transgender and gender non conforming language guide for the general public, businesses and journalists. An engaging and inspirational speaker Dibs has presented to hundreds of individuals in the business community over the years.
Charles O’Grady is a queer transgender theatremaker, poet, and journalist, who lives between Sydney and Melbourne. As a playwright he has written multiple works focused on intersectional queer and trans storytelling, including Kaleidoscope, Telescope, and Are We Awake? He has worked on productions with such mainstage companies as Griffin, Malthouse, Belvoir, and STC. Charles is a fierce advocate for nuanced trans representation and trans stories that are told by trans people, and has worked for the last four years to bring other trans and queer artists into the theatrical conversation. When he’s not doing All Of The Theatre, Charles enjoys horror films, neckwear, and dancing it out.
Steven Ross is Wamba Wamba man from Deniliquin in southern NSW and has cultural and familial connections to the Wiradjuri, Mutthi Mutthi and Gunditjmara peoples. Throughout his life, Steven has been a dancer, singer, actor and storyteller, and has designed and delivered cultural events and cultural education projects. Steven has worked in the public service in Indigenous policy, environmental affairs, LGBTQI projects, cultural and arts coordination, and local government. Steven has sat on the board for Murray Catchment Management Authority, Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre and South-West Regional Arts. He is currently a board director for Inner City Legal Centre and sits on the Advisory body for the NSW State Library.
Brandon Bear was born in Penang, Malaysia but moved to Western Sydney as a nine-month-old baby. After growing up and spreading his wings he began a career working with marginalised community members including managing a sexual health project for homeless and at-risk young people and managing a mental health storytelling program. Unable to enjoy spare time, he also began volunteering with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Camp Goodtime, a camp for HIV+ young people from across Australia and New Zealand. Brandon has recently stepped down from five years on the board of Mardi Gras, and continues to attend Camp Goodtime, while struggling through the last year of a Bachelor of Arts and working as the Manager of Policy, Strategy and Research at ACON.