Wonderland Festival In Brisbane: Queer Shows And People Involved

Wonderland Festival has returned for its sixth year in Brisbane, and is promising nine nights of decadence and debauchery at the Powerhouse.


Featuring a line-up of 30 hand-picked performances, Wonderland Festival is a celebration of fearless physical feats, captivating live music, won’t-believe-your-eyes magic and laugh-out-loud comedy.

The whole venue takeover is an end of year carnival of comedy, burlesque, circus, music, magic, and more.

The festival features a line-up of local, national, and international talent to deliver a wide range of explosive entertainment.

Within that line-up, of course, is a bunch of talent from our community, giving it their all. Keep reading to learn a little bit about queer-centric shows, and people, participating in this year's Wonderland Festival.

Baby Got Back: 'Size Queens' (show/performers)
A show of flesh, sex, profanity and comedy chaos, this all-girl cast will take you on an exploration of the female form in all her glory. A wildly funny, energetic cabaret riot, performed by an ensemble of comedians, dancers, burlesque artists and puppeteers from around Australia. Discover a brand-new psychosexual adventure of projection mashups, burlesque shakedowns, stripper anarchy, absurdist performance art and naked circus.

'Awesome Ocean Party' (producer, Matt Seery)
'Awesome Ocean Party' is a magic-realism-cabaret cross birthday party hosted by a woman who believes she is half octopus. She invites you into the depths of her three hearts. Through song, storytelling and ocean-themed everything, she weaves together a tale of love, loss, longing and legends of amphibious family histories. This is a fun, quirky and poignant adventure that will blow your expectations out of the water.

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'Size Queens'

'Leather Lungs: Son Of A Preacher' (show/performer)
A master of falsetto and stiletto with a phenomenal vocal range spanning over four octaves, this daring deviant Jason Chasland marries savage wit and outrageous innuendo to drag you screaming with laughter into a world of pleasure, amusement and challenge. 'Leather Lungs' crosses with religion, fist fights with anxiety, scissors with sexuality and discos with dildos, among an explosion of songs.

'Railed' (show)
From the creators of the smash hit 'Elixir' comes 'Railed', a western-themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely-chiselled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the Head First Acrobats. Prepare yourself for when bare-chested circus meets bare-knuckle bar fights. A racy, heart-stopping display of the finest acrobatics by the most ridiculous storytellers in the circus.

'Feeling Good: Mama Alto Sings Nina Simone' (show/performer)
Dr Nina Simone was one of the most important and unique voices in music history. In this stunning tribute to the High Priestess, jazz singer and cabaret diva Mama Alto performs selections from Nina Simone’s vast songbook to illuminate her fire, her power, her genius and her anger. Channelling a gift for interpretation and a hunger for equality, 'Feeling Good' is a spellbinding evening not to be missed.

Wonderland Festival is on from 21 November-1 December.


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