Producer: BEAT Entertainment & Performing Lines
Writer: Samuel Gaskin
Directed By: Samuel Gaskin & Johnny Hamilton

A cabaret and party celebrating Blak excellence - EVERYONE is welcome at AUNTY'S house.

Synopsis

AUNTY has ARRIVED! And she’s bringing you BLAK EXCELLENCE! Step into the ultimate celebration of self-expression, diversity, and unfiltered fabulousness as AUNTY takes over your venue for one glorious night.

She’ll be serving up an exciting showcase of Naarm’s BEST: cabaret and performance artists, DJs, pop-up performances, impromptu vogueing sessions, and uninhibited Black Queer JOY from the stage to the dancefloor.

Part show part party, it’s a jubilant homage to Black Women, Queer Icons, Indigenous Royalty, and every breathtaking expression in between. And it’s all hosted by a gang of larger-than-life aunties who’ll be working their magic and making you feel right at home.

AUNTY is brought to you by Beat Entertainment and RECKŌNING SOUNDS who specialise in spectacular celebrations of Queer, BIPOC & First Nations excellence, with producing support from Performing Lines.

This beautiful night can include your local Queer and POC talent mentored by our superstar AUNTIES.

The party version has been presented previously (as seen in promo video). Further creative development is occurring in 2024 to incorporate more and longer performance elements. This new version will be available for touring March-July or November-December 2025, and flexible dates in 2026.

Short Reviews

Thank you for creating such an amazing event it was SO much fun. The whole set up took us back to the 90’s ballroom.
Sasja Sÿdek Digital creator - Melayu Indigenous Singapore
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Samuel Gaskin and Johnny Hamilton for this magical night that you both created and for giving us all a safe space to dance and party like nobody’s business.
Ms Katalyna - DJ /Presenter / Activist / Proud Transwomxn / Fa’afafine
Performing in QTBIPOC spaces just hits different - thankyou AUNTY
Lion - Emerging BIPOC Artist signed to Tomboi records

Video

Technical Information

Touring Party: 7-10 negotiable
Bump-in Time: 4 hrs
Bump-out Time: 1 hrs
Interval: Yes

Lighting

Standard wash w LED colour change, mirror ball, 8 specials, haze

Audio

High quality PA with foldback and minimum 3 handheld mics

Staging

Minimum stage dimensions 8m x 6m

A catwalk or thrust is ideal for adding more variety to the staging – optional

Hanging point for LED circle

Crew Notes

LX operator required

Company supplies sound engineer to work with venue sound tech

Transport Notes

1 tonne van and 8-seater people mover

Audience & Marketing Notes

Experience shows that AUNTY appeals to:
+ Queer community across ages from 18-25 right up to Queer Elders
+ BIPOC community, similarly across ages, especially Pasifika and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
+ Allies also feel very welcome and included at AUNTY
+ Cabaret lovers
+ Music lovers
+ Audiences seeking “a good night out”
+ Friends and family of participating community members

Selling Points

  • Inclusion of local artists fuels audience engagement | With the two-day model of AUNTY that includes 2-4 of your local artists/groups, our artistic leads mentor your locals and build their acts into the show. Local artists bring their friends, family & community along with them.
  • Broad audience appeal across live music lovers, BIPOC, Female, Queer and Allies| Our entire cast and creative team is BIPOC, Female or Queer – some of us are many of these! Presenters can target via social media or team up with any queer/BIPOC groups or prominent community members that move in those circles who can help advocate for and promote the show. The company can assist with this.
  • Party AND Performance |AUNTY is a flexible event that can incorporate more party and dancefloor time, or be more in a performance format depending on what your community and audience are seeking. It’s appealing whether you want to hit the dancefloor or just sit back with a drink and enjoy.

Community Engagement

  • With the two-day model of AUNTY that includes 2-4 of your local artists/groups, our artistic leads mentor your locals and build their acts into the show.

Content Warning

Occasional strong language

Details

Audience

Venue Format

Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Thrust, Flat Floor, Hall

Duration

Between 1.5 - 3 hours including performance and party elements, depending on presenter needs and whether community performers are included Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

01/03/2025

20/12/2025

Budget & Fees

What are these? Find out more.

In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $TBC

Weekly Sell Off: $0

Per Performance: $19,500 - 2 day model

Royalties: 14%
Apra Obligations: BEAT Entertainment

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