M/S EX­TRAV­A­GANZA

Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne and Mid­summa Fes­ti­val with Trevor Ash­ley En­ter­prises and Thomas Jaspers present Mid­summa Ex­trav­a­ganza

Q Magazine - - Arts Centre -

Af­ter last year's sold out Com­edy Ex­trav­a­ganza, we've up­sized to an all-star va­ri­ety show of epic pro­por­tions! Set in the grand dame that is Hamer Hall on 29 Jan­uary and hosted by Rhys Ni­chol­son, the Mid­summa Ex­trav­a­ganza will fea­ture Zoe Coombs Marr, Trevor Ash­ley, Car­lotta, Joel Creasey and more.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Aus­tralia's amaz­ingly di­verse and tal­ented LGBTI artists; the 2019 Mid­summa Ex­trav­a­ganza is set to be the queer event of the year. Hosted by Rhys Ni­chol­son (Gay Crash­ers, MICF Barry Award Nom­i­nee) with fab­u­lous guests in­clud­ing YUMMY (Bank SA Best Cabaret, Ade­laide Fringe), Beccy Cole & Libby O'Dono­van, Geral­dine Hickey, Steven Oliver (Black Com­edy), Shel­don Ri­ley, Mama Alto (GLOBE Artist Of The Year), Joel Creasey (Take Me Out, Show Me The Movie), Trevor Ash­ley (Les Mis­érables, Fat Swan, Di­a­monds Are For Trevor), Zoe Coombs Marr (MICF Barry Award Win­ner) and the divine Car­lotta (what hasn't she done?!).

“I'm thrilled to be back at both Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne and Mid­summa! It's go­ing to be a spec­tac­u­lar night full of laughs and great mu­sic. I can't wait to share the night with both this great lineup and you!” said pro­ducer and per­former Trevor Ash­ley.

Trevor Ash­ley is one of Aus­tralia's most sought-af­ter and suc­cess­ful per­form­ers. He has built a ca­reer as an ac­tor, writer, di­rec­tor and in­ter­na­tional queen of cabaret. Ash­ley re­cently starred as Thenardier in Cameron Mack­in­tosh's Les Mis­er­ables for which he re­ceived a Help­mann Award nom­i­na­tion. Pre­vi­ously, Trevor played the lead­ing role of Edna Turn­blad in David Atkins' Hair­spray (Syd­ney The­atre Award nom­i­na­tion), and was also an orig­i­nal cast mem­ber of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Mu­si­cal, cre­at­ing the role of Miss Un­der­stand­ing.

But it is in the works of his own cre­ations that he truly shines in­clud­ing, Fat Swan (Help­mann nom­i­nee), Lit­tle Or­phan TrAsh­ley, Di­a­monds Are For Trevor (Help­mann nom­i­nee), I'm Ev­ery Woman (Syd­ney The­atre Award - Best Cabaret), and Liza (on an E), a show which has taken him around Aus­tralia and the world, cul­mi­nat­ing with a sea­son in Lon­don's West End. Trevor re­cently toured Aus­tralia with his hi­lar­i­ous new adults-only pan­tomime The Body­bag and starred as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl with the Syd­ney Sym­phony Orches­tra.

It is clear to see that Trevor Ash­ley has made quite an im­pact on many the­ater­go­ers over the years, in­clud­ing co- pro­ducer of Mid­summa Ex­trav­a­ganza Thomas Jaspers.

“For my 18th birth­day, when I was just com­ing to terms with my sex­u­al­ity and start­ing out as a per­former, my par­ents bought me tick­ets to see Trevor Ash­ley in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and to this day, it re­mains one of my favourite the­atre ex­pe­ri­ences. I am so hon­oured to now be col­lab­o­rat­ing on this line-up with Trevor and all of these amaz­ing per­form­ers who have made Aus­tralia's LGBTQIA+ arts scene so rich and di­verse,” Jaspers said.

The Mid­summa Ex­trav­a­ganza will be the high­light of the Mid­summa Fes­ti­val, which is Vic­to­ria's premier LGBTQIA+ cul­tural fes­ti­val, made for and by com­mu­ni­ties who live with shared ex­pe­ri­ences around di­verse gen­der and sex­u­al­ity. Mid­summa works year-round to pro­vide artists with sup­port and tools to cre­ate, present and pro­mote their work at the an­nual fes­ti­val.

Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne and Mid­summa Fes­ti­val with Trevor Ash­ley En­ter­prises and Thomas Jaspers present Mid­summa Ex­trav­a­ganza 29 Jan­uary 2019 Book at www.arts­cen­tremel­bourne.com.au or 1300 182 183

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