Beast (Midsumma) [Melbourne]
Friday February 1, 2019 - 8:30 PM
Arts House North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne, VIC 3051
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About the Show
Welcome to Beast, a comedy show by the world-famous transgender performer, Krishna Istha. Just kidding, trans people don’t get to be world famous, that’s not how this works.
Directed by the inimitable Zoe Coombs Marr, Beast is a comedic exploration into the life of a trans person in 2019 – what it means to be trans ‘masculine’ without becoming the men we hate and how taking testosterone can transform you into a social renegade, a beast. Using avant-garde comedy and experimental theatre Istha tackles issues of stereotypes, hormone replacement therapy, sexual fluidity and the reality of living while trans head on with heart and humour.
While maybe not world famous, Istha is renowned internationally for work that looks at transformations, gender politics and queer culture using subversive text, cabaret and comedy. Part stand-up comedy and part performance art, Beast is self-help comedy for the oppressed.
‘The remarkable Krishna Istha.’ The Monthly (for Wild Bore)
‘Krishna Istha is cute, fiery, and cheeky and has a lot to say on the subjects of queer culture and gender politics.’ Theatre du Jour (for Wild Bore)