The creative team at Gasworks Arts Park have programmed an entertaining array of events that lives up to their claim of being Melbourne’s Rainbow Arts Hub where ‘every colour of the queer rainbow is covered for Midsumma 2013.’

The launch of this year’s season last Thursday evening unveiled an internationally acclaimed all naked musical, a verbatim style piece based of personal travel stories, excellent visual arts, a return of a popular play to do with the highs and lows of using Grindr and an intriguing look into the little-known world of Victorian Roller Derby League amongst other things.

Roller Derby Saved My Soul by artist Zina Sofer is a photographic exhibition which takes up the Foyer gallery space. Sofer gained full media access to many of the Roller Derby events during the last 12 months. She has taken action-packed pictures of super fit and passionate women who are adored by their fans taking part in this fast paced sport. Close-ups of the joy and athleticism of the female players make for an interesting viewing. It is a fascinating exploration of camaraderie, female empowerment, group participation and passion and pride of this sport. You can read about the history of the game and its rules as you follow the photos.

In the Angela Robarts-Bird gallery space hangs the bold colours of Mark Clough’s painting exhibition called Wisdom 101. Painter, writer and spoken word performer Mark Clough presents a roomful full of striking paintings which have been described as a stunning collection, emblematic of mankind’s search for wisdom across the ages. The works aim to meditate on the exploration of ‘man’s sacred fascination with man’ through philosophy, spirituality, literature, art and science of the dreams & imaginings, ‘Wisdom 101’ is a unique debut exhibition from this talented artist.

Both of these exhibitions run to February 3rd. The galleries are opened daily from 9am to 4pm.

After a sell-out 2012 season, Grindr : A Love Story? returns for three evenings only to Gasworks Studio Theatre. Comedian Nath Valvo, addicted to Grindr, explores the highs and lows of using this gay dating device.  The Gasworks team asks you to join this award-winning comedian as he dives head first into the most influential application to hit the gay scene since fake tan. Audiences have raved about this controversial, brutally honest and hilarious show.

Dates: 17 to 19 Jan 2013

We all like a good travel story and Transit will provide this. It is a unique live theatre experience that uses verbatim style narrative to share a collection of international travel stories. The brainchild of writer and producer Troy Nankervis, Transit contains a selection of travel stories compiled by Nankervis while travelling through Europe. Each travel anecdote is based on real life interviews that Nankervis has seamlessly intertwined into Transit’s narrative, showcasing a very special snapshot of overseas adventures.

Dates: 23 Jan to 1 Feb..

If stories about Grindr or travel don’t hit the mark for you this Midsumma a bunch of very attractive men dancing on stage in the buff may. Celebrating the male body in all its glory, this all Australian production of Naked Boys Singing will include an all Australian, all singing, all dancing, and all naked cast of boys to take you through an entertaining evening. Naked Boys Singing has been hailed in over 27 cities worldwide and comes to Melbourne for a very short time following its highly successful national tour. It has been a long running Off Broadway hit and is not to be missed!

Dates: 30 Jan to 1 Feb 2013

As well as dancing boys there are also a bevy of dancing girls to admire. Created by respected director, actor, producer Cathy Adamek, Polecats features some of Australia’s best pole dancers and contemporary dancers including a world pole doubles champion, Chinese pole and acrobatic exponent and a former Australian Dance Theatre star. With its unique marriage of contemporary dance, ballet, physical theatre and pole dancing, this remarkable performance showcases the strength, flexibility and endurance of the performers, embodying a message of female empowerment.

Dates: 6 to 9 February

The final performance on offer is Melbourne’s Low Rez in their very first show as part of Midsumma entitled Some Are Dreams. This bunch of talented male singers takes us through an evening of tunes all to do with summer, heat, dreams and the simple pleasures we indulge in when the sun is shining. They will present songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s, with some dancing and lots of drama.

Dates: 2 to 3 Feb 2013

Gasworks Backyard Cinema is also being used for Midsumma with a one night only screening of Albert Nobbs, a witty period drama about the lives of staff at one of Dublin’s most luxurious hotels and the hotel’s butler, Albert Nobbs, a woman who disguises herself as a man to survive. Glenn Close stars in the title role of Albert, an award-winning role she played on stage more than twenty years ago.

Dates: 25 Jan 2013

Get your roller skates on and head down to Gasworks this Midsumma and enjoy what’s on offer.

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