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Queerstories Comes Back Out


Confessions, obsessions, love, loss and fierce resistance – you never know what will happen next at Sydney's legendary LGBTQI+ storytelling event.
Hosted by Maeve Marsden.
In the Joan Sutherland Theatre | View Seat Map | Talks & Ideas

Keeping you safe

  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • We strongly recommend that patrons over the age of 12 wear a face mask while attending a performance inside one of our venues.
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 meters whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage. 
  • Within venues, please adhere to our spaced seating plans and always take your allocated seat.
  • There are new COVID-specific conditions of entry for audiences attending performances. This includes the circumstances under which you must not attend the Opera House, and what’s required of you when you visit. Please read about them here.

“This is a chance for queers to share the story they want to tell but are never asked –away from mainstream expectations.”

Maeve Marsden

Radical, moving, and wildly funny storytelling

There is more to being queer than coming out and getting married. Come on in, grab a seat, and listen to an unexpected tale or two from some of Sydney’s finest storytellers. Vulnerable and powerful, hilarious and heartbreaking, Queerstories celebrates the culture and creativity of the LGBTQI+ community, one true story at a time. A national storytelling project directed by Maeve Marsden, Queerstories has sold out at festivals and independent venues around the country, with a book and an award-winning podcast boasting nearly 250 stories. After a long and lonely 2020, don’t miss this triumphant return to the stage.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

More about Maeve Marsden...

Maeve Marsden is a writer and theatremaker who makes work that centers joy, community and resilience. A well respected cultural commentator, her writing has been published by the Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian Australia, Junkee, and Overland, among others. In 2020, Maeve is a member of Belvoir Theatre’s Philip Parsons Early-Career Playwrights Lab. She has toured internationally with critically acclaimed cabaret, comedy and theatre productions, and is a regular on festival stages around the country.

More about Queerstories...

Queerstories explores the breadth of the queer experience, delving deeper into community and identity, reflecting on our histories, and contending with the potential of our futures. 

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This year you will have the option to purchase digital tickets to experience the festival online. More information to be released soon. 

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Venue Information

In-line with current NSW Government advice, all venues will have a reduced venue capacity of 50% (or a maximum of 1000 guests).

In order to maintain physical distancing within venues, tickets to this event will be sold in a single seat pattern. At all times, we will do our best to support your needs, but please bear in mind that this will be subject to the restrictions in place at that time.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in designated foyers spaces. For select shows, drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues. Please check specific event information closer to the performance date.

An example of COVID safe seating (single seats) with physical distancing

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Wilson car park is open and available to use. Wilson Parking is currently offering a $10 discounted rate if you book ahead, please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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