JULIAN CLARY - THE JOY OF MINCING TO TOUR AUSTRALIA

Julian Clary – camp comic and renowned homosexual – is a British national trinket and a dear and faithful friend of Australia.  He is also, while we’re at it, a TV and radio star and author.

Following his sell out tour of the UK, he now brings The Joy Of Mincing down under, and will be performing in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.   He will perform at the iconic Sydney Opera House for the Just For Laughs Sydney Comedy Festival.

The Joy of Mincing is Julian Clary’s celebration of 30 years as a camp comedian.  There is so much to tell you; the ups and downs of his sordid love life, the true and heart stopping account of how he saved Dame Joan Collins’ life, and don’t start him on the perils of his DIY electrical home enema kit. 

On stage Julian will proudly wear his well-deserved M.B.E (Mincer of the British Empire).  It was the last thing he expected to receive when he knelt down in front of Prince Charles in the scullery at Buckingham Palace…

And because Julian gives and gives (until it hurts) he will be handing out honours to the lucky few in the audience too.  This is Julian at his filthy best. Live and unplugged. 

Come and witness a masterclass in camp comedy.

MELBOURNE     HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE    WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER

Book at Ticketek 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE – JUST FOR LAUGHS   THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER

Book at SOH Box Office 9250 7777 www.sydneyoperahouse.com/justforlaughs or Ticketmaster 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au 

PERTH    ASTOR THEATRE    MONDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

Book at Astor Theatre Box Office 9370 1777 www.astortheatreperth.com or Ticketek 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au


SPECIAL EVENT EXCLUSIVE TO SYDNEY - A CONVERSATION WITH JULIE ANDREWS & EMMA WALTON HAMILTON

On Sunday 28 August at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Opera Australia and Gordon Frost Organisation in partnership with the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW will present A Conversation with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton.

At this very special event, which is exclusive to Sydney, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton will share personal stories and insights into their careers. 

This special event will take place on the re-created stage set of My Fair Lady. 

Tickets to A Conversation with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton go on sale on Monday 18th July at www.myfairlady.com.au

The audience will engage with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton in an informal setting as they discuss Julie’s work as one of the world’s most loved performers and their work together as critically acclaimed best-selling authors and television creators and producers.  Together they have published 30 books and created several television projects committed to stimulating a sense of wonder and learning in children.  The evening will present an opportunity for the audience to participate in a question and answer session.

Julie Andrews said “It is a thrill for me to be in Australia and have the opportunity to direct the very musical that significantly launched my career. I hope our production brings great joy to our audiences and stimulates a whole new generation of musical theatre lovers. This unique opportunity of having my lovely Emma join me on stage for an open conversation with an audience prior to our opening warms my heart.”

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the event is an opportunity to gain insight into the stellar career of two of the most enduring figures in film and theatre.

“Dame Julie Andrews is an icon of the stage and screen and Emma Walton Hamilton has also had an incredible career in the entertainment industry. Audiences are in for an unforgettable night, and I encourage everyone to book their tickets when they go on sale next week. This unique event has been secured for Sydney by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.” 

This very special event is one not to be missed, it is an opportunity to get up close and personal with Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.


Cirque du Soleil to arrive in Australia next month with KOOZA!

Cirque du Soleil will arrive in Australia next month with KOOZA, a death-defying, colourful homage to the traditions of circus. The national tour will begin in Sydney on 25 August 2016, where KOOZA will be performed under the famous blue-and-yellow Big Top at the Entertainment Quarter, before moving on to Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

Tickets for the Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne seasons are on sale now at www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza or by phone on toll free 1800 036 685.

Since its world premiere in Montreal in 2007, KOOZA has been seen by over 7 million people around the world.  KOOZA is currently delighting audiences in Santiago, Chile, where the season will wrap up on July 31 2016. The tonnes of equipment and over 1000 costume pieces will then be loaded onto two 747s to make their way to Australia.


TROPFEST CELEBRATES 25TH BIRTHDAY BY BECOMING ‘NOT FOR PROFIT’

Australian cultural phenomenon, Tropfest, has today announced it will return in February 2017 to celebrate ‘25 years young,’ enjoying a bright new future thanks to a multiple-year partnership with CGU Insurance, and some exciting changes that herald a new era for the iconic event.

Changes announced today include a switch to a not-for-profit business model, a focus on attracting more women filmmakers, a first-time move for the ‘main event’ from Sunday to Saturday 11 February 2017, and the introduction of a board which will help oversee the longevity of the organisation.

Legendary Australian Film Director George Miller, a longtime supporter of Tropfest and one of the world’s most exciting storytellers, is the first to join the board. These people will meet regularly and bring a range of skills, talents and contacts to the emerging filmmaker institution.

Tropfest also announced the much anticipated ‘Tropfest Signature Item’ for the 25th festival: “PINEAPPLE”. The popular spiky fruit must be included in all 2017 entries by all would-be finalists.

After a bumpy road to the 2015 event, Tropfest received a financial lifeline from CGU Insurance to rise from the ashes and resurrect the event in February 2016. The event was arguably the biggest and best yet with over 90,000 punters converging on Centennial Park. Today, CGU Insurance announced they are back to ‘see it through’ as a Foundation Partner, signing a three year sponsorship deal to help the festival continue to thrive for years to come.

The event now attracts a live audience of around 150,000 with more than 1.6 million people having attended a Tropfest event since it was established.