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Published January 15th 2017
A smorgasbord of delights
The Midsumma Festival is a smorgasbord of delights as the LGBTI community celebrate their unique and essential place in the community. Of course, there are so many amazing and outstanding offers sometimes we all just need a little help to sort through them all and decide what to see, so here are my picks for Midsumma 2017. Let's see if you agree.
A NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS STARRING LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT AND JONNY WOO
Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo
Two of the best cabaret artists belt out ballsy ballads, delightful duets and slaughtered show tunes in a back catalogue of musicals like no other. Hilarious hijinks and shady shenanigans abound as these two massacre the musicals you know and love. A Night At The Musicals is a tortured love letter full of high glamour, divine costumes and raggedy choreography.
It's a family dinner and sex is on the menu.Sunday's Roast is the story of a family coming together, testing relationships and discovering new ones. Everyone is struggling with secrets and when they family come together they discover they may not know each other very well at all. This show is a hilarious comic-drama which explores sexuality and diverse family dynamics.
18 - 29 January at La Mama Courthouse
FINUCANE AND SMITH'S GLORY BOX: LUCKY 13!
Finucane & Smith's Glory Box - Lucky 13!
This rock and roll Russian roulette is chock full of dice-rolling divas, ace-in-the-hole aerialists, poker-faced primadonnas and backroom ballerinas.Glory Box: Lucky 13! is a melting pot of cabaret, dance and tricks by notorious divas including Rhonda Burchmore and Robyn Archer led by none other than the glorious Moira Finucane herself! Everyone's a winner so take a gamble on these glamazons.
24 - 29 January in the Fairfax Studio
ASH FLANDERS: PLAYING TO WIN
Ash Flanders blends song, story, pop culture and personal tragedy to create Playing To Win - a show of unrivalled acerbic humour. The night is full of hilarious rumination on show business, broken dreams and human desperation. It is an exorcism of shame.
27 - 29 in the Fairfax Studio
URSULA MARTINEZ: FREE ADMISSION
Ursula Martinez is a first-rate provocateur and she is on her dirty soapbox, baring her soul. In Free Admission she builds a wall (literally) between the audience and herself as she reveals her hopes, fears, frustrations, delights and disappointments. With her tongue firmly implanted in her cheek, Martinez celebrates the contradictions and inconsistencies of the human condition.