Lose Your Inhibitions At Brisbane’s Gender-Bending Cabaret BOY&GIRL


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Racy queer cabaret BOY&GIRL is coming back to Brisbane for a third season.

Following two sold-out runs at Brisbane Powerhouse, Oscar Theatre Company are bringing the home-grown BOY&GIRL back to Brisbane with a brand new seductive season of musical theatre, pop music and spectacle where “genders are bent, rules are broken and wine is encouraged.”

The show is an adult themed cabaret of musical theatre and pop where gender is flipped. BOY&GIRL’s artistic Director Emily Gilhome says that while audiences can expect to see boys in heels busting out show tunes like ‘Big Spender’ and girls dropping it just like the boys in Magic Mike, the show also features a stunning diversity of performers.

“We’ve assembled the most exciting range of artists in the show’s history – singers, dancers, burlesque artists, acrobats, fire-breathers, gymnasts and our very first BOY&GIRL Drag Queen – all world-class and all local,” she said.

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She said the new BOY&GIRL show brings together the most diverse cast of locals who have performed internationally – acrobats, fire-breathers, burlesque artists, singers and dancers – including gymnasts Ben and Chris, who are making their debut, and the show’s very first drag queen, Miss Poodle, a.k.a. Steven Bishop.

Boy&Girl - Gymnasts Chris and Ben

And fresh from placing fourth on Channel Nine’s The Voice earlier this year, Brisbane girl Ellen Reed is returning for her fourth appearance with the Oscar Theatre Company team.

“I’ve been with this project since the very first workshop in a warehouse in Fortitude Valley in 2013,” Ellen said.

“It’s honestly so exciting to create with this calibre in and for my hometown. Nothing beats it.”

Boy&Girl - Ellen Reed

Gilhome said that after three seasons of the show they’ve built a strong following.

“It’s a really immersive world where we genuinely throw rules out the window. It’s naughty and crude and gender bent, but it’s also got real heart. They’re our stories. Love is equal, and love is also the same – just as beautiful, complex, crazy and difficult as the next person’s,” she said.

“I think many of our patrons consider BOY&GIRL to be the salacious one night stand they can relish repeatedly and not regret in the morning, with or without the hangover!”

BOY&GIRL is playing at the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm for three weeks, from September 23 to October 8. Tickets are available to purchase at Brisbane Powerhouse on (07) 3358 8600 or online from the Brisbane Powerhouse website. See a sneak preview of the show in the trailer below:

(Photos by Joel Devereux)