This Pride Month, Mitch Whelan has all the hairy questions for some of the most exciting LGBTPQIA+ artists and producers in Perth.
This is a chance to pick the brains of some of Perth’s incredible Queer Artists. Join us for an evening of discussion as we check in with the LGBTPQIA+ community almost a year on from the initial plebiscite proposal and tackle the big question, “What does it mean to be a Queer Artist?”
The panel features Sally Richardson, Nicholas Tan and Veronica Jean Jones.
Veronica Jean Jones also know as VJJ is a loud, proud, curvaceous and flirtacious drag queer from Perth. Coming from a performing arts background at John Curtain in Fremantle, VJJ started her drag career in 2010 after graduating with dance, music and acting training.
Winning Queen of the Court in 2011 was a huge push which helped her make her way into being a regular at The Court and Connections, hosting Drag Factory, Bingay, and performing in production shows across both venues. Since then she has worked for Fringe Festival, WA Aids Council and TAFE WA just to name a few.
She run her own cosmetic glitter line (VJJ Glitters) and is also transgender.
Sally Richardson creates socially and politically charged performances.
Through her company Steamworks Arts, Sally has created, presented & produced over 30 new Australian works in collaboration with artists working across theatre, contemporary dance, circus, new music, film & hybrids. Her productions have garnered critical acclaim & toured regionally, nationally & internationally.
Sally is committed to shaping an Australian performing arts culture that reflects and engages with our changing society and our region, while championing the voice & presence of women in performance. Sally is the Artistic Director of WA circus company MAXIMA.
Works currently in development include: GUI SHU (Belong) with Performing Lines WA, FLESH & BONES, #thatwomanjulia & Catch!
Nicholas Tan is an emerging playwright, dramaturg and producer. His introduction to the creative aspects of theatre started when he was invited to participate in ATYP’s National Studio 2014. He then became a member of WAYTCo’s 2015/2016 Ensemble. During his time at WAYTCo, he was the assistant director for On the Face of Things (written by Alicia Osyka and directed by Dominic Mercer) for FRINGE WORLD 2016. As a playwright, he has taken part in WAYTCo’s 24 Hour Play Generator (Set to Public, 2015) and recently Tantrum Youth Arts’ ten-minute festival, Hissyfest 2016 (Five,Six) and Hissyfest 2017 (Melted Butter). In 2017, he completed a dramaturgy course that was presented by the national playwriting organisation, Playwriting Australia, and The Blue Room Theatre. He recently made his directorial debut in directing a version of Five, Six for FRINGE WORLD 2018, which he also produced. Currently, he is the part-time production manager for Modicum Theatre’s A Butler Did It!, which will be performed at Heathcote Cultural Precinct in late June.
Image Credit: Marshall Stay