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Queer as Flux

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Transitioning isn’t new – everybody’s always doing it: Drag Queens, babies, aging parents, superheroes…even clown fish! 

An intimate, uplifting solo performance by multi-award winning artists Stace Callaghan (trans-masculine writer/performer) and Leah Mercer (director), celebrating transitions of bodies, hearts and minds via stories of gender, sexuality, spirituality, near-death experiences, dementia, dying and interspecies love.

In the Studio | Theatre

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 – Tuesday 23 August, 9am
  • What's On Presale - Wednesday 24 August, 9am

General public on sale Friday 26 August, 9am

Season runs from Thursday 24 November to Saturday 26 November, 2022

Thursday 24 November, 7pm
Friday 25 November, 7pm
Saturday 26 November, 7pm

Standard tickets $35 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction

Ticket Description & price
Premium $45
A Reserve $35

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 authorised ticket agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.

This show runs for 70 minutes with no interval

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

Suitable for all ages This production contains coarse language and uses theatrical haze.

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times, and children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

This production contains coarse language and uses theatrical haze

★★★★★
“Embracing, powerful and captivating…deserves to be on the biggest stage we can offer. Go and see it!”

OUTinPerth

Wind the clock of queer history back and forth

Autobiography meets activism in this homage to queer ancestors who paved the way, not-so-queer folks who did their best and the finned and four-legged who depend on us.

Fresh from critically-acclaimed seasons at Brisbane Powerhouse and The Blue Room Theatre, Queer as Flux invites audiences to experience the world through the eyes of a grown-up tomboy, their Drag Queen Fairy Godmother and two wise old whales. 

In a world where political debates often demonstrate a strange fear of personal change and transformation, Queer as Flux sets out to show that, really, we’re all constantly in a neverending state of flux. 

Winner (Stace Callaghan): Outstanding Achievement by Interstate Artist (Theatre) at the Performing Arts WA Awards 2022

Photographer: Kaifu Deng

Creative Credits

Stace Callaghan

As solo writer/performer: still raw (La Boite Theatre, 1995); when i was a boy (Brisbane Powerhouse, 2000; Sydney Mardi Gras Festival, The Performance Space, 2001); between heaven & earth: a bootcamp for your soul (Metro Arts, 2002; Magdalena Festival, 2003; Brisbane Powerhouse, 2006); Queer as Flux (Brisbane Powerhouse, The Blue Room Theatre, 2021). Stace has also performed with QTC, Strut ‘n’ Fret, Zen Zen Zo, Rock’n’Roll Circus, Flipside Circus, The Party-Line and toured with the Queensland Arts Council. Awards include: 2022 Performing Arts WA Awards for Outstanding Achievement by an Interstate Artist (Theatre) for Queer as Flux; 2021 The Blue Room Theatre, Audience Engagement Award and Judge’s Award for Skillful Performance and a Touching Narrative for Queer as Flux; 2009 Matilda Award for Best “Actress” (playing a 9-year-old boy) in La Boite Theatre’s The White Earth; Matilda Commendation and 2001 Mardi Gras Festival Award for when i was a boy; Matilda Special Commendation with The Nest Ensemble for The Knowing of Mary Poppins; and the Philip Parsons’ Prize for Performance as Research twice (for still raw and Cracka Theatre Troupe’s Boneless Chicken Brecht). Stace and Margi Brown Ash are writing a new play (Wanderings) commissioned by APT and Pride Australia. Stace is currently the co-director of The Joy Dispensary and co-inventor of Oom-Pah! (a music theory board game!)

Leah Mercer

With The Nest Ensemble Leah directed Queer as Flux, Eve, Home, Joey: the Mechanical Boy, The Knowing of Mary Poppins, wrote/performed A Mouthful of Pins and won Best Director (Performing Arts WA, 2014) and a Silver Matilda (Directing, 2007). Her other directing credits include: The Hardest Way to Make an Omelette by Jessica Harlond-Kenny with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, (Fremantle Festival, 2013); The Physics Project, (Practice-led PhD at QUT), (Winner, Philip Parsons’ Prize for Performance as Research, 2008); between heaven & earth by Stace Callaghan, Brisbane Powerhouse, 2006. She coordinates Theatre Arts at Curtin University and is on the board of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

The Nest Ensemble

Co-founded by Leah Mercer and Margi Brown Ash in Brisbane in 2004 and working between Brisbane and Perth since 2007, The Nest Ensemble is a dynamic collective of theatre artists who generate performances and workshops that deal in ideas, imagination and transformation of ourselves and our environment. We seek to create a theatre of risk and compassion by engaging in constructive and generative conversations that build connectedness and sustainability for ourselves, our artists and our audience/participants. 

Queer as Flux was originally supported by The Blue Room Theatre, written and performed by Stace Callaghan, directed by Leah Mercer, stage managed by Maddy Mullins, and produced by Sam Nerida. Original lighting design was by Peter Young, original sound design was by Olivia Cosham, original puppetry consultancy was by Jessica Harlond Kenny and original AV production was by Alison Ross.

Original production funded by Arts Queensland and Curtin University. 

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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

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • 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 6 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

Can my family sit together?

Tickets purchased early will be sold in family groups within a designated seating zone, tickets purchased closer to the event will be sold in pairs. Please bear in mind that this will be subject to the restrictions in place at that time. Your confirmed seating allocation will be provided to you on the day of the performance when you receive your eTickets. To ensure correct capacities, all people in the theatre must hold a valid ticket. This includes babies aged 0-11 months who can be seated on a parents knee with the purchase of a Babes in Arm ticket ($10). Children 12 months and older will need to hold a standard ticket.

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 Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. It is encouraged that you 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. 

Ticketholders must comply with the directions of Opera House ushers to assist with contact tracing.

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 line 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 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?

  • All audience members, including babies, are counted toward the allowable capacity and must hold a valid ticket for admission.
  • A specific children’s price may be available on certain events. On others a standard ticket price may apply. 
  • For our Sydney Opera House Presents programming, babies aged 0-11 months at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap but they must hold a valid Babes in Arms ticket ($10) and children aged 12 months and older will need to hold a standard ticket. 
  • Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.

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 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 to be purchased in the venue?

  • Foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in designated foyers spaces. 
  • Drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues for most performances. 
  • The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. It is encouraged that you take your seats as soon as you arrive.
  • 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 in the Western Foyer adhering to COVID-safe rules.

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