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JUTE opens up the discussion around the hot topic of gender identity with its presentation of sunny drakes romance-aholic show Transgender Seeking
Cairns 21 January 2015 Transgender Seeking by Sunny Drake 19 – 21 February 2015, JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott St, Cairns.
JUTE Theatre Company is excited to bring to Cairns, Transgender Seeking by Sunny Drake. Sunny Drake, a Transgendered* Brisbane native who now calls Toronto home, is the Writer and Performer of a funny and moving piece that tackles one of today’s hot topics, gender and the relationship between Queers* and the rest of the world.
A hilarious and tender multimedia confessions of a queer romance-aholic. “I think Sunny’s show is something we can all relate to, most of us have been romantic fools at one time or another. Sunny lets us laugh at the situations we find ourselves in, he’s very funny!” says Suellen Maunder, Artistic Director/CEO of JUTE Theatre Company.
An exposing, funny and tender look at relationships, the bold visions we have and our often hilarious struggles to live up to them. Run-ins with the anti-monogamy police about jealousy, online dating mishaps and figuring out whether to throw out or reinvent mainstream relationship ideals all combine in a smart, fast-paced take on dating in an age of social media and technology.
This accessible piece of theatre features visually stunning, highly interactive projections and sound. Sunny Drake is thrilled to bring this international hit back home for its Australian premiere. “Charming and disarmingly clever… Drake is one of those rare provocative performers who are uber smart but ultra cosy at heart…”(Gscene, Brighton UK)
Transgender Seeking is on for 3 nights only, 19-21 February. Tickets are available from $25 at jute.com.au.
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Transgender Seeking by Sunny Drake DATES 19-21 February 2015
VENUE The JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott St Cairns
TICKETS $25-$39 – on sale from www.jute.com.au
About JUTE Theatre Company Established in Cairns in 1992,
JUTE Theatre Company is a significant regional theatre company driving the development, co-production and national touring of contemporary Australian plays from the regions. JUTE is a house of ideas and action that exists to fan the fire in the bellies of regional theatre artists. JUTE inspires and supports these artists to create new stories that contribute to its regional identity, social history and future possibilities. Passionate, dynamic and savvy JUTE will not rest until all of the stories have been told, until there is no regional artist needing support and the audience and community need for stories is fully sated.
About Sunny Drake A Sunny Drake is an Australian queer and trans writer, performer and producer. Now based in Toronto, he has performed in theatres, festivals, streets, deserts, schools, basements & backyards in Australia, the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and Europe. For “X”, he won the 2013 SummerWorks RBC Arts Professional Award, as well as being named by NOW Magazine for “Outstanding Performance” and “Outstanding Design”. He’s currently in the midst of a 27 town tour across Canada and Australia with two of his one person shows, “X” and “Transgender Seeking…”. Previous festival highlights include: San Francisco International Arts Festival (2010), NACL Festival (New York, 2010), three shows in the USA National Queer Arts Festival (2008, 2010, 2012), plus numerous Australian festivals including New Mardi Gras (Sydney 2009 & 2010), Midsumma (Melbourne 2009 & 2010), Metro Arts Independents 2012, the Brisbane Festivals UNDER THE RADAR (2009) and Feast (Adelaide 2009 & 2010).
Sunny was born and grown on Indigenous Jaggera-Turrabul land (Brisbane, Australia) and comes from English and Irish ancestry. Sunny is the author of a blog which uses personal story to explore queer and trans* politics, with over 70,000 readers in the past year. He is currently working on a book project. www.sunnydrake.com What does it mean? Transgender: Identifying as or having undergone medical treatment to become a member of the opposite sex. LGBTI: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transexual and Intersexed Queer: A formerly offensive term, now reclaimed for someone who self-identifies as being ‘not straight’ by society’s conventional definition.
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