Irregular Objects was an LGBTQAI+ variety production, showcasing the best of the next generation of queer artists out of Tāmaki Makaurau. Our goal was to portray queer bodies as high art, aiming to uplift multiple communities and cultures and to tell their stories. The production took place on February 18, 2023 at Raynham Park studio on Karangahape Road and was a part of the official Auckland Pride Festival, and was attended by a viewing audience of over 215 people.
Produced by Tom Burns & Jarrod Dobell, also known as Copper Mae Steal & Velvet Crush, the production consisted of 10 queer artists: Copper Mae Steal, Ego, Jonjon, Jordan, Manila Sativa, Misty Frequency, Mother Honey Givenchy, Silva Steal, Solari and Velvet Crush. Each artist had a moment to bring their authentic selves to the stage and perform a one-of-a-kind performance art piece.
The performers were accompanied by two sign language interpreters, as well as seating and event staff, to ensure the show was accessible to a wide audience that could share the experience and felt welcomed and included. From the beautiful event design, visual projections, and short film—to the unbelievable garments, stage decor, and performances, the event ended with a standing ovation.