Queer Nu Werk

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Jacinta Larcombe
Phil Walford
Max Burgess
Ian Ramirez
Andrew Batt-Rawden
Gary Paramanathan
Anastasia Beasley
Lay the Mystic
Sarah-Jayde Tracey
Tia Mavanie

Dates & Session Times

Thursday 23 Jun - 6:00pm
Friday 24 Jun - 6:00pm


PACT Centre for Emerging Artists
107 Railway Parade,


PACT is a fully accessible space with a small ramp at the entrance, flat floors throughout and dedicated wheelchair accessible toilet and accessible street parking (non-dedicated). The closest accessible train station is Newtown Train Station (15 mins).

Thursday June 23 event will have Auslan interpreters. 

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This event is sold out.

Experience an evening of performances, experiments, installation and celebration at Queer Nu Werk!

Across two big nights we unleash a piping hot program of Queer art created by the next generation of artists from across Australia. The culmination of Performance Space's Queer Development Program, Queer Nu Werk is a much-loved performance night in which Workshop and Residency artists can present their works-in-progress to a live audience of queer community and allies. 

As the sun sets on the Inner West wind your way through PACT Centre for Emerging Artists witness a series of short performances served up fresh from development. The 2022 Program spans across the mediums of Puppetry, Installation, Mixed-Media, Movement, Sound, Live Art & Visual Art. 

Our amazing 2022 Queer Nu Werk Artists are: 

Stephen Cummins Residency awarded to:

Jacinta Larcombe, The Girlfriend Experience

GFE (Girlfriend Experience) is a new project born out of isolation and hard border closures, that examines the social and anti-social animal in all of us. Drawing on experiences in the sex work industry, living with BPD and managining lonlineless, GFE merges together child-like visual aesthetics, Full-Body-Puppetry, Body-Masks and the rules, regulations and rituals of sex work and client interactivity.

Queer Workshop Intensive participating artists:

Imbar Amira Nassi aka imbi, ~*ViRtUaL SaNcTuArY*~

An immersive and interactive new work that blends together natural elements and sound-waves in a modern take on a mindfulness maze. ~*ViRtUaL SaNcTuArY*~ utilises a combination of voice, poetry and movement, offering a new ritual in our current times: the reminder of our need for closeness and interpersonal connection. 

Max Burgess, synthesise me

An introspective exploration of the psyche and body of one queer dancer, separated from the community. This new solo contemporary dance work is a deep dive into relational proximities, queer identity and the re-animation of past identities. Can we find cohesion in this one body?

Ian Ramirez, Baklang Kanal!

Bakla is a gender identity-construction in the Philippines. Baklang kanal (literally, bakla from the canal or gutter faggot), in the context of the digital space, is used as a pejorative to call out groups of bakla who are against bad governance. In response, these groups of bakla reclaimed the term to mean outspoken, candidly raw, and warriors of social justice. "Baklang Kanal!" experiments with personal narratives, current affairs, popular culture references, viral social media videos, and many more unknowns that may relate to being bakla and of being kanal. 

Andrew Batt-Rawden, Theare

‘Theare’ pronounced in any way you wish is a conceptual creative gender-non conforming identity. This identity will be developed through an improvisational method, featuring 11 core symbols to represent fragments of self, unintegrated self and the completely integrated self. Each of these fragments hold a set of parameters that translate into modes of performance.

Gary Paramanathan, Space Time

A one man show about Gary’s own experience of growing up Tamil, Sri Lankan, Queer and Sexy in the stolen lands of Sydney. Fusing astrophysics, space time and personal narratives, this new storytelling work explores otherness, time travel and forgiveness.

Anastasia Beasley, The High Church of Boog

An interactive, roaming performance spectacle that preaches its message of care and camaraderie through drag and burlesque performers. The High Church of Boog’s founding principles are Look Hot and Look After Each Other; two things that every human being is capable of. In this church together we will dance for freedom, connection, and unity. An ode to creating a healthier, stronger nightlife, knowing we always have each other’s backs.

Ileini (Lay) Kabalan, aka Lay the Mystic, Papa

An audio-visual installation and music performance work spanning across song, spoken word and projection. Papa draws on Tongan interpersonal, social and emotional technologies that have practical and tangible applications, in fantasy spaces. The work explores moments of emotional intensity being saved in our bodies, and experienced by ‘others’ in the past and future. These nonlinear moments of empathy, intimacy and disdain aim to evoke the genetic relation between humans today and our  current level of electronic waste.

Sarah-Jayde Tracey, Are you Better Yet?

An experimental performance work exploring disability through lived experiences, examining the intersections of systemic oppression, queer identity, and the labour of illness. Sarah-Jayde uses her own body as the medium to convey the dichotomy of disabled/chronically ill experiences as being uniquely personal, while also being collectively familiar. Part love letter, part break up note, Are You Better Yet? is packed full of both humour and grit.

Read more about all the artists here

Unfortunately, due to illness Tia Mavanie and Phil Walford are unable to perform in Queer Nu Werk, despite being part of 2022 Queer Development Program.



The health and safety of all patrons is our top priority.

If you have experienced cold or flu like symptoms in the past 7 days, are isolating as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, please stay home and take care.

Masks are required to be worn at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists. 

All ticketed events in theatres are sold to 100% capacity. Patrons may not be socially distanced from other audience members within the theatre. 

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