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Queer Lit Double Bill

Mixed Metaphors | On Queer East Asian Pride

Sydney Opera House and Sydney WorldPride present an evening of queer literary excellence with an unmissable double feature of panels packed with leading writers, poets, musicians and authors.

In the Utzon Room | Talks & Ideas

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Pre-sale timings:

  • Insider member priority: Wednesday 9th November 2022 at 9:30am
  • What's On pre-sale: Wednesday 9th November 2022 at 12:00pm

General public on sale: Friday 11th November 2022 at 9:00am

Thursday 23rd February 2023

Thursday 23rd February 2023, 6pm - 8:20pm

The duration of this event is 2 hours and 20 minutes

The performance will be 2 hours with a 20 minute interval.

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

All tickets $35 | Booking fee applies per transaction

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.

The only authorised agencies for this event are Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.

Recommended for 13+ years

This performance is recommended for young people and adults aged 13+.

Wheelchair accessible and audio loop available | In English

There are a number of wheelchair and companion seating locations in all theatres. To book accessible seating, call the Box Office on 61 2 9250 7777 or email bookings@sydneyoperahouse.com.

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A queer literary double-act

Don’t miss this evening featuring Australia and South East Asia’s finest queer literary voices in this two-act evening.

Part 1: Mixed Metaphors

6pm - 7pm

Mixed Metaphors sees a handful of poets, musicians and authors (Omar Sakr, Marcus Whale, Patrick Lenton and Ellen van Neerven) discuss poetry & metaphor to express the ineffable nature of queer life. Expect jokes, absurdity, eroticism, yearning and vampires. Hosted by Patrick Lenton.

Part 2: On Queer East Asian Pride

7:20pm - 8:20pm

On Queer East Asian Pride, sees a collection of Australia and South East Asia’s leading queer writers (Jason Om, Shawna Tang and Hendri Yulius Wijaya) discuss the joys and nuances of queer East Asian identities both in Asia and the diaspora. Hosted by Benjamin Law.

Presented by Sydney Opera House in association with Sydney WorldPride

Meet the Speakers

Part 1: Mixed Metaphors

Omar Sakr is an Arab-Australian poet, essayist, and novelist. He is the author of These Wild Houses (Cordite) and The Lost Arabs (UQP), which won the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry. A widely published essayist, Omar’s creative and critical non-fiction work has featured in The Saturday Paper, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Meanjin, and Kill Your Darlings, and been anthologised in Fire, Flood, Plague (Penguin Random House), Meet Me at the Intersection (Fremantle Press) and Going Postal: More Than Yes or No (Brow Books). His debut novel, Son of Sin (Affirm Press, 2022) is out now.

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Ellen van Neerven (they/them) is an award-winning author, editor and educator of Mununjali (Yugambeh language group) and Dutch heritage. They write fiction, poetry, and non-fiction on unceded Turrbal and Yuggera land. van Neerven’s first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), a novel-in-stories, was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. van Neerven’s poetry collection Comfort Food (UQP, 2016) won the Tina Kane Emergent Award and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize. Throat (UQP, 2020), the recipient of Book of the Year, the Kenneth Slessor Prize and the Multicultural Award at 2021 NSW Literary Awards and the inaugural Quentin Bryce Award, is now available. They are the editor of three collections, including the recent Homeland Calling: Words from a New Generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices and are co-editing an upcoming collection of Blak + Black Visionary and Speculative fiction Unlimited Futures with Sudanese multilingual writer Rafeif Ismail.

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Marcus Whale lives and works on Gadigal land in Sydney, Australia. His work across music, performance and writing focuses on the haunted intersection between desire and religious devotion, often with reference to the poetics of memory, horror and ghostliness. As a musical artist under his own name and with groups Collarbones and BV, his recorded output primarily forms an electronic world around his singing. Solo album The Hunger (2021), a vampire story, was nominated for the Australian Music Prize. Recent performance works Possession, Lucifer, The Hunger and Praise! have been presented by Performance Space, Asia Topa, Next Wave, Sugar Mountain Festival, Underbelly Arts Festival and Art Month Sydney. His poetry has been published in two volumes, Devotionals (2015, Ruin Press) and wheeze (2019, subbed in)

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Patrick Lenton is a writer, journalist and editor living in Melbourne. He is the author of three books, including the recent short story collection ‘Sexy Tales of Paleontology’. He writes across arts and pop culture, with regular bylines in The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald/ The Age, Junkee and more. He writes the TV recap newsletter ‘All The Heterosexual Nonsense I Was Forced To Endure’ with Bec Shaw. He is the deputy editor, arts & culture at The Conversation.

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Meet the Speakers

Part 2: On Queer East Asian Pride

Jason Om is an award-winning television reporter with the ABC’s 7.30 program, and author of his memoir All Mixed Up. Released in 2022, All Mixed Up (ABC Books/HarperCollins Australia) is a powerful story about growing up in a multiracial, multi-faith family, being gay and Asian, rediscovering love, and finding resilience. In 2017, Jason attracted widespread praise for his personal story about his Cambodian dad’s sixteen-year struggle to accept him as gay. The article and TV piece ran Australia-wide, attracting a million views. Viewers were moved to tears, and the story earned Jason a nomination in the 2018 LGBTQ Honour Awards. In 2021, Jason won the Media Diversity Australia Award at the Mid-Year Walkleys, and in 2022, the media accolade at the LGBTQ Honour Awards. Previously, he’s been a news presenter on the ABC News Channel and a reporter for ABC News Breakfast, ABC Life, Lateline and ABC Radio. He is a vocal advocate of gay Asians, Asian Australians and representation.

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Dr Shawna Tangis Lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research lies in the nexus of sexuality, gender and race, with a focus on postcolonial Singapore, and Asia. Specifically, she studies how queer identities, communities and politics need to take seriously questions of race, nationalism, capitalism and geopolitics. She is the author of Postcolonial Lesbian Identities in Singapore and co-editor of Queer Southeast Asia. Her theoretical and methodological investments in feminist, Marxist, critical race and queer cultural studies guide her research projects on sexuality studies in Asia; non-normative female sexualities and relations in Singapore; the globalisation of same-sex marriage and LGBT politics in Singapore and Indonesia; older lesbian sexualities in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore; gender and cultural politics in Australia as part of Asia; and transmasculine boyhoods. Shawna is a researcher in the Feminist Boys Studies Research group and brings to the project analyses of transgender boyhood from a critical race and queer studies perspective. Her twitter handle is @shawnatang.

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Hendri Yulius Wijaya is an Indonesian writer, author of Intimate Assemblages: The Politics of Queer Identities and Sexualities in Indonesia (Palgrave Macmillan 2020), and co-editor of Queer Southeast Asia (Routledge 2022). He completed a research master’s degree in Gender and Cultural Studies at The University of Sydney and a master’s degree in Public Policy at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He writes about gender, sexuality, popular culture, and sustainability for a mainstream audience in Indonesia. His writings have been published in the Indonesia and the Malay World, Laws, Art and Market (A&M), Jakarta Post, Esquire, TEMPO, Indonesia at Melbourne, and New Mandala, among others. He has also published a poetry collection, and co-edited a queer speculative short stories and a queer personal essays collection. All are published in Indonesian language. In his professional capacity, he currently works full time for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and sustainability with large businesses, SMEs, government institutions, and universities.

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Benjamin Law is an Australian writer and broadcaster. He’s the author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia (2012), the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101 (2017) and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019). Benjamin is also an AWGIE Award-winning screenwriter who created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning TV series The Family Law (SBS/Hulu/Comedy Central Asia), wrote the sold-out mainstage play Torch the Place (Melbourne Theatre Company, 2020), and is co-executive producer, co-creator and co-writer on the forthcoming Netflix comedy-drama Wellmania. He has a PhD in creative writing and cultural studies from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Every week, Benjamin co-hosts ABC Radio National’s weekly national pop culture show Stop Everything and interviews public figures for Good Weekend. He hosted ABC TV’s two-part feature documentary on Chinese-Australian history Waltzing the Dragon, and has appeared on TV shows like Filthy Rich and Homeless (SBS), Q&A (ABC), The Drum (ABC) and The Project (Ten). He has also written for over 50 publications in Australia and beyond—including the Monthly, frankie, Guardian, Monocle and Australian Financial Review—and is a literary scout for Hachette Australia.

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Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Concert Hall, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre, Utzon Room and Forecourt. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

Our foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking 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 six min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts. If you have already received your tickets, the venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Please take your seats as soon as you arrive. 

If you are late, we will seat you as soon as we can and, where possible, in your allocated seat. However, to reduce movement in the venue as well as minimise disruption to the performance and other patrons, ticketholders may be seated in an allocated latecomer’s seat. Please be aware that some events have lock-out periods. In these cases, latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. On occasions, this may not be until the interval, or at all where there is no interval. 

Details of our right to refuse admission can be found in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Events.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

In accordance with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Cloaking facilities will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 60 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. However it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly to minimise contact and queuing. Any bags larger than an A4 piece of paper will need to be checked into the Cloak Room.

Can my baby sit on my lap?

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Babies aged 0-2 years old at the time of a performance may be seated on an adult’s lap. Children 2 years and older will need to hold a standard ticket.

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event? 

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller, you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

What if I can't come to my performance?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Will there be food and beverages available for purchase in the venue?

Foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars.

The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances.

Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottle but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available for you to enjoy.

Will there be pram parking at kids performances?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House will become a smoke-free site from Saturday 1 January 2022.
  • By becoming a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment. 

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