Feast Director Daniel Clarke said, ‘Feast 2007 includes many firsts, including a wider and more accessible comedy, theatre, cabaret and circus program this year recognising the value and input of queer artists and performers across all artistic genres. The Festival marks the first time overseas performers have been presented and the first time Feast has partnered with local councils to extend the event outside the city of Adelaide. For the first time ever Feast will be presenting a season of work at McLaren Vale’.
Through funding from the South Australian Youth Arts Board and Office for Youth, Feast 2007 is presenting the largest youth arts program in Feast’s history. Four of South Australia’s leading youth theatre companies will be involved in Feast this year with young people travelling from Whyalla and The Riverland to be involved. Feast will also present for the first time ever a workshop program called ‘A Taster’ and this year will also include ‘Just a Nibble’ a works-in-development program. Another Feast 2007 first is the timely inclusion of a new piece of children’s theatre.’
Overseas highlights include Edinburgh Fringe hits The Wau Wau Sisters – a bawdy two girl circus burlesque from New York, and the UK’s acclaimed camp, comedy, cabaret duo Topping and Butch along with Japanese transgender, rockabilly, punk band Ikochi. The Wau Wau Sisters will present two shows at the Little Theatre: 12 Steps to Redemption and Turning Tricks from the Streets. Topping and Butch present Take It Up The Octave! at Caos Café throughout Feast.
Feast’s theatrical highlights include the premieres: Born to Be Wilde - four new pieces of theatre inspired by the love poems of Oscar Wilde: the romantic comedy Her Aching Heart by UK playwright Bryony (‘Frozen’) Lavery; My Left Shoe - a new youth community cultural development work about experiencing young love, and Two Old Queens - a new theatre piece with music celebrating the great friendship between the Queen Mother and Sir Noel Coward.
The Feast Comedy Gayla will include some of the best in queer stand-up from around Australia, including Monica Dullard and Selina Jenkins. The Feast Cabaret program will be one of the biggest Feast has presented and includes I Was A Teenage Dirty Old Man and Eight Hundred Shades of Beige: The Soundtrack of my Life.
Highlights of the Feast music program include performances by Ikochi, Claire Clarke, Aria Nominee Coco’s Lunch with Libby O’Donovan and Andrea Rieniets, Susie Keynes and the presentation of Sing Out – a unique live music event directed by Heather Frahn.
Feast Special Events include the 10 November opening night Pride March through the city streets followed by theFeast Opening Party at the Adelaide University Cloisters. On Sunday 11 November Feast visual artists and performers join the Rundle Street Market traders for the day.
Feast’s Spreading the Love program, in conjunction with local councils, will see Living Libraries (with ‘human books’) at Mt Barker, Hindmarsh, Unley and Carclew. Loved Up, the mass gay wedding of the year, will be held on Montefiore Hill on 18 November (patrons wanting to get ‘married’ at this event should call 8231 4322 to register intentions).
Feast Picnic in the Park moves to the Veale Gardens, South Terrace and on 25 November will include a ‘mass public hanging – of art’, queer arts and crafts, homemade produce and from Perth, Pet Photo Booth: a project documenting Australia’s love affair with pets, invites picnickers and their pets to be photographed against kitsch retro backdrops.
Feast moves to the great outdoor screen this year with two nights of queer cinema at Adelaide’s last remaining Drive-In, The Mainline Gepps Cross. 12 November sees the double bill screening of 2006 Sundance Award winner Quinceañera, USA MA by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, and Shortbus by John Cameron Mitchell. On 19 November Nina’s Heavenly Delights UK by Paribah Parmer screens with the modern vampire classic The Hunger UK by Tony Scott.
The popular I Can See Queerly Now 5 presented in conjunction with the Media Resource Centre screens four new films by local emerging filmmakers at the Mercury Cinema. The 2006 series of films from this project screened around the world, winning many awards.
Feast 2007 has a huge visual arts component; over 25 art exhibitions and more than 50 artists are involved from South Australia and interstate. This year artists have made use of both traditional gallery spaces and other venues such as night clubs, cafés and barber shops; yet another way that Feast is taking art to the people and increasing accessibility.
In another Feast first, live art will be created and artwork will be on display in council chambers and local libraries across Adelaide, including a spectacular photographic exhibition at the Hahndorf Academy. Art lovers in the East End are especially spoilt for choice with 6 exhibitions between Frome St and East Tce, not to mention Making Love in Rundle Street when Feast visual and performing artists will descend on the Rundle Street Market on Sunday 11 November, selling their work and performing for the crowds.
Feast visual artists have responded to the theme of Love in diverse and spectacular ways, resulting in a wide range of work by professional and emerging artists, from the traditional to the contemporary; art lovers will find there is truly something for everyone.
Feast is recognised nationally for its unique Forum Program and this year’s highlights include Parenting Challenges – Queer Style, and Journeys’ Made, which unveils the creative development of a sound installation piece created by Jason Sweeney and members of the queer community from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Feast 2007 will operate from four main performance hubs – The Little Theatre @ Adelaide University, Caos Café (Hindley Street),The Worldsend (Hindley Street) and La Boheme (Grote Street) although Feast events can be found in over 70 venues through the State.