Perth Theatre Trust presents the world premiere of #VAL
A glittery ode to queer men and their mums
Written and performed by John O’Hara
September 13-15, His Majesty’s Theatre, Downstairs At The Maj
‘In a suit of indescribable colour, tall, bald and a touch cracked, O’Hara is a generous ringmaster and grand performer.’ – The West Australian.
Tour de force Perth export, John O’Hara (School of Rock, Priscilla – Queen of the Desert, Wicked) returns this September to Downstairs At The Maj in a brand new cabaret. In it’s world premiere, #VAL pays homage to the incredible women; the mothers of queer children, who continue to walk with and for the community in an ongoing quest for equality.
O’Hara says, “#VAL is at it’s heart a celebration… a fun, colourful and fabulous celebration of love. It’s cabaret in it’s truest form; big, bold and a little bit loose… and when Val is involved it’s always going to be a riot!”
Inspired by his own mum Val, O’Hara explores the role mothers play to children who are a little bit different, often before they know it themselves. Set against the pop-tastic hits of his own childhood, John will encourage his audience to relax, drink and kiki with him around the ‘camp’ fire, shining a spot light on the wonderful women we call ‘mum’.
“The show is a brand new one, I’ve written it specifically for the DSATM 2018 season, so I’m super excited to share it with a home town crowd, and of course Val. It’s very Perth-centric because Perth is where much of it is set! I wanted to write omething that was a nod to my mum, but also to all mothers. My incredible collaborators and I have celebrated my relationship with Val, we’ve delved deep into what being a mother to a queer child means on a broader scale and we’ve highlighted some moments in queer history that mothers were at the forefront of. I too have learnt so much in compiling this show. Backed almost exclusively by acoustic guitar, we do all this using an eclectic soundtrack of iconic pop songs that have influenced and led the way for change and diversity through the ages… Lady Gaga, Cher and George Michael but also Sam Smith, Adele and maybe even a little Farnsy. I keep saying to people, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll probably leave with glitter in your undies. HEAVEN.”
A graduate of both WAAPA and John Curtin College of Arts, John is well known to Perth audiences and aboard for his work in the theatre; particularly in juggernauts Cats, Rock of Ages, The Rocky Horror Show and the afore mentioned Wicked and Priscilla – Queen of the Desert. Later this year John is set to originate the role of Ned Schneebly in the upcoming Australian premiere of School of Rock ahead of an international tour.
John’s previous original works Dedications and A Very Merry Christmas Cabaret both played sold out seasons DSATM in 2015/16 respectively and have since toured nationally. John is a popular voice on radio for Melbourne’s Joy949.
#VAL is directed by Shaun Rennie with musical direction and arrangements by Andrew Kroenert. It will play as part of Downstairs At The Maj’s 2018 Live and Intimate season.
#VAL A glittery ode to queer men and their mums
Dates: September 13,14,15 7:30pm Duration: 60 minutes
Venue: His Majesty’s Theatre, Downstairs At The Maj
Tickets: visit www.ptt.wa.gov.au/val/ | (08) 6212 9292