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A Royal Hoopla

You’re invited to an outrageous party!

Friday 10 June 2022
A Royal Hoopla

Calling all glam-punks, royal-rebels and glitzy-queens! You’re invited to an outrageous party at ours!

Join us for a late night of frivolity and fun with live music from the uncompromising Glitoris, performances by burlesque queens Jazida and Rosie Rivette, musical compositions by Tanzer, a bunch (a flap? a tuck?) of roving fashion, a drag queen act by our MC Aaron Manhattan, and dance your butt off to DJ Charlie Villas! This 18+ event supports sequins, chains, extreme theatrics, glamour, bright lights and good vibes. Think Westwood and Bowie in a ‘lip sync for your life’ showdown. If we haven't already convinced you, best dressed will win a custom Doppelganger piece of jewellery by Doodad and Fandango! (yes, really).

Your ticket includes all of this AND entry into Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London anytime over that long weekend, (during normal, non-party hours), just show our super sweet staff at the exhibition entry when you return. If the exhibition is getting too busy you may need to wait a little while before admission.

OK, clear your calendar and grab your ticket, 'cause you won't want to miss this!

Glitoris Photo: Martin Ollman
1 Glitoris Photo: Martin Ollman

Loud, hilarious, unapologetic, frenetic, fierce, fun and femme! Glitoris is more than just a band. They blend genre-defying, art-rock musicianship with tongue-in-cheek humour and call-to-arms empowerment, to reflect the politics of women forcefully gate-crashing spaces they were never supposed to be in. Formed and based in Canberra, they meld punk provocation, metal prowess, classic rock riffs, pop harmonies and a dash of theatre, together with badass attitude and indelible song-writing, resulting in a unique, powerful and unrelenting musical force.

Charlie Villas is one of Sydney’s favourite party starters and most in-demand DJs. She’s a vibe maker, dance floor legend and master of combining styles in unexpected ways. Think disco and Prince, Paradise Garage, Glitterbox with 80s boogie, global heaters and memories from the best house party you’ve ever been to. This is the spirit of Charlie Villas!

Charlie Villas Photo: Chloe Paul
Rosie Rivette Photo: Georgia Moloney
1 Charlie Villas Photo: Chloe Paul. 2 Rosie Rivette Photo: Georgia Moloney.

Rosie Rivette is Sydney’s comedic queen of tease who bursts onto the stage with colour and flair. Heavily influenced by the legends of quirk, such as Lucille Ball and Dame Edna Everage, she has taken her mischievous self around the world. From Tokyo to New York, Ms Rivette is predominantly known for her animated and comedic style of tease—she loves to build a fantasy, and then when you least expect it, she'll punch it where the sun don't shine!

Jazida is one of Australia’s premiere burlesque performers. She represented Australia at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, is listed in the Top 50 most influential burlesque industry figures across the globe, and won the Canberra Local Business Awards for Outstanding Performing Arts. Her creativity, cheeky, and fun performance style (with a specialty in fan dancing) has won the heart of audiences.

Jazida Photo: Joel Devereux
Tanzer Photo: Jo Duck
Aaron Manhattan Photo: Rosie Cremer
1 Jazida Photo: Joel Devereux 2 Tanzer Photo: Jo Duck. 3 Aaron Manhattan Photo: Rosie Cremer.

Musician and performer Tanzer delivers culture-clash, disco-dramarama and hyper-colour haughtiness with a voice from another dimension. Known for her cinematic, high-glamour, escapist works – that are at once intensely powerful, deeply fragile and darkly humorous – her work spans stages, clubs, galleries and festivals; and fuses musical forms to an array of performative and artistic offerings.

Sydney drag queen Aaron Manhattan is a regular and much-loved face in the queer underground, and will be bringing their signature style of performance mayhem to the Gallery.

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