Six Hidden Gems You Have to See
These are the shows you'll hear about from a savvy friend and think, 'I can't believe I missed that!'.
Well we're telling you about them now! Check out these six hidden gems at Perth Festival 2023 – you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss out.
The opposite of background music – Mykki Blanco’s music commands your full attention.
Captivating and genre-blurring, Mykki Blanco is bringing their trailblazing talent to Perth. The hyperactive lyrics in their hybrided hiphop address sexuality, partying and bravado from a queer perspective.
Simultaneously an artist who is always true to their inner language and a sponge for the culture they surround themselves with. Cited influences include Lil’ Kim, Rihanna, Marilyn Manson and the Riot Grrrl movement at large.
Come and bask in their exuberant presence, and celebrate queer and trans experiences.
Fri 24 Feb, The Rechabite
A beautifully mesmirising new piece of theatre created by young people to be enjoyed by everyone.
This is a response to the Noongar story of the Seven Sisters, made in consultation with Noongar Elder Roma Yibiyung Winmar. It’s not a retelling, but rather explores the meaning of the very human need to tell stories about the stars and what it is to be young at a time when we’ve never had more access to information old or new.
See this show staged in four open different locations across Perth, all in the open air under the stars.
Fri 10 Feb - Sat 4 Mar, Various Venues
When Nakhane speaks, the world listens.
This magnetic musician has the style and voice to stop you in your tracks, with a gender-transgressing sound that’s been championed by Madonna, Elton John and Black Coffee.
Have a listen for yourself – they’ve just released a new EP! Then come and immerse yourself in the dazzling world of Nakhane’s music, live.
‘Nakhane makes the dance floor a place of tenderness.’ VICE
Sun 5 Mar, The Rechabite
Francis Alÿs - films
A different short film every week!
Remember hopscotch? Musical chairs? Chasey? Cops and robbers? Explore what is universal about childhood through a collection of scenes of children at play around the world.
You won’t be able to stop yourself smiling hearing children laugh and watching their imaginations run wild in play. See these any (or every) night at Lotterywest Films before the feature.
Until 9 April, Lotterywest Films
The perfect way to start your Perth Festival season, with love.
In this adorable and camp rom-com, follow Alec and Bette who meet online when they’re kids and, over about 10 years, fall in love, come out and experience all the joys and wonders of being trans.
In the words of playwright Tabby Lamb, ‘this ISN’T a show about how hard it is to be trans, it’s about two trans people being happy and falling in love. We need more stories that centre joy and give a little bit of hope to the community.’
9 – 11 Feb, The Rechabite
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Find us a smoother voice, we’ll wait.
Continuing on from a huge year of touring in 2022, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks are bringing their electrifying show to Perth. A match made in heaven, the group were first brought together by a shared love of classic American soul and the protest music of Indigenous Australia.
This will be a night of optimistic and impassioned lyrics backed by funky and raw music. Not to be missed.
Sun 12 Feb, The Rechabite