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Entertainment, Queensland

People of Colours bringing queer share house stories to Brisbane

A fresh, wild new theatre piece, People of Colours is set to be a hit at this year’s Melt Festival in Brisbane.

Produced by Naavikaran and Grace Edward, the show follows four messed-up queer folks in a run-down share house who decide to throw a house party instead of preparing for the next day’s property inspection.

The development of the show involved a community-driven process of storytelling that aimed to promote the notion of BlackIndigenous, and Brown solidarity and joy.

The creators said that producing the piece involved realising that familiar concepts such as share houses, community, and chosen family exist all over the world.

“It would therefore be incredible to develop People of Colours as a franchise in various parts of Australia (if not wider) and sustainably pay local artists, choreographers, clothing-makers, and songwriters so that we can continue telling stories that continue to thrive within walls of households,” they said.

The performance brings together a “shockingly queer” cast and crew in a unique, funny, and complex exploration of individual realities that goes beyond highlighting the trauma faced by marginalised people.

“We focused on creating a work that did not rely on trauma as experienced by people of colour,” said the creators. 

“There was no set script or agenda for People of Colours, and the entire work was created in collaboration with each other.”

They said that it is “a constant work in progress” that will “never capture the multitude of experiences” of people of colour across the world.

The new theatre piece is set to impress audiences, boasting a talented and intersectional cast portraying characters they have created, along with “a fun mix of humanity and off-the-chart Aussie humour”. 

People of Colours is playing at the Brisbane Powerhouse from next Thursday 27 May to Saturday 29 May.

Tickets are available online now and selling out fast.

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