Event Showcase: Anywhere Festival

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There’s something about Dara

AS THE name suggests, the Anywhere Festival is bringing theatre, spoken word, art, cabaret and other forms of performance to ‘anywhere’ but a theatre within local nooks, crannies, businesses, spaces and unique locations across the southeast and Coolum will play host to the unique work – ‘There’s something about Dara’ on Wednesday May 4 in the industrial estate and the Advertiser has a double pass to give away to this performance.

Anywhere Festival is a globally unique and local cultural experience for locals and visitors alike: where local businesses and homes host performances so artists can creative incredible work without all the financial burdens that are often placed on them when presenting independently.

Shed Talks: Human Stories from the Heart is a new performance concept devised by Peta O’Hara (The Butiner), supported by local performing arts company Red Chair. Presented as an immersive storytelling experience, Shed Talks are about creating a space to share unique stories of extraordinary human experience – the stories that set us apart, the stories we keep close, the stories that connect us. 

Dara Donnelly is a non-binary human channelling the spirit of Take That’s Gary Barlow. 

“I wasn’t in love with Gary Barlow, I wanted to BE Gary Barlow”.

Whether you love boy bands or not, Dara will have you on the edge of your seat, wanting to know more, during their Shed Talk at this year’s Anywhere Festival. 

In the waking hours, Dara identifies as a BRAND DOULA – a trained companion who champions and guides businesses through a significant identity-related experience.

By night, the anguish of growing up as a queer, non-binary boy-band aficionado in a sea of Camilla Kaftans and private school formals is gently cradled by the artful strumming of their acoustic guitar.

Dara says their Shed Talk is “a story of gender identity and how Boybands played their part in that discovery, with the universally relatable theme of the struggle to claim boldly who you are, whilst fighting the enemies of conformity”.

A unique and immersive production that is not to be missed. If you would like to be in the running for the double pass that the Advertiser has to give away, please email your name, address and phone number with the subject heading ‘Dara’ to michelle@coolumadvertiser.com.au by 5pm this Saturday April 30.  A winner will be randomly selected and notified by phone.

 Show Details:  

Date:        Wednesday 4th May, 2022

Time:        6pm – 8pm

Venue:     The Butiner Studio at 3/56 Lysaght St, Coolum Industrial Estate

Tickets:    $25 with a licenced bar onsite

Tickets:    anywhere.is/event/dara/

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