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qtopia and the launch of the loading dock theatre

Carly Fisher, David Polson, Johan van Vloten, Michael Kirby, John Graham MP

John Graham, Minister for the Arts
Michael Kirby & husband Johan van Vloten
CEO Greg Fisher
Carly Fisher, Artistic Director Loading Dock Theatre

In a piece of irony, the old Darlinghurst Police Station, which held many LGBTQI activists was transformed in to the largest museum of queer History, culture and creativity in the world.

As well as outlining queer history from the colonial times to more recent protests and activism,it also features an intimate theatre which was launched by QTopia’s patron the Hon Michael Kirb. He also announced that due to the change in the laws that he recently married his long time partner Johan van Vloten who have been in  a relationship for over fifty years.

Minister for the Arts John Graham was on hand to indicate his government’s support and curator Carly Fisher outlined a series of year long plays which will premiere at the Loading Dock Theatre and the Bandstand venue in Green Park, Darlinghurst.

The Taylor Square Darlinghurst substation will open to the public for the first time in thirty years and will also feature an intimate theatre.

The first play in the Loading Dock season will be Michael Gow’s A TOY SYMPHONY which runs from the 18th to the 27th April. 

Performers from the production entitled A GAY ESCAPADE, which will open at the Loading Dock in late August, entertained the launch audience with a song from this musical.

Text and photos by Ben Apfelbaum

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