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Theatre

Resident Alien

Presented by Cameron Lukey in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

ICON MEETS ICON – PAUL CAPSIS IS QUENTIN CRISP!

From his early years as an androgynous nude model in 1930s London, to finding fame as the first to speak so openly about life as a gay man, there was no-one quite like Quentin Crisp. In Tim Fountain’s Resident Alien, the legendary author of The Naked Civil Servant opens the door to his famously filthy New York apartment for an unforgettable heart to heart about life as only he knows it.

Oprah Winfrey, Princess Diana, oral sex – no topic is off limits as Quentin explains, in his inimitable way, how to be happy.

Starring five time Helpmann Award winner Paul Capsis as Crisp, and directed by Green Room Award winner Gary Abrahams, Resident Alien shares Quentin’s unforgettable philosophies, and asks, are they truer today than even he would have imagined?

Reviews

★★★★ Capsis' "fascinating performance comes from somewhere real..."

The Age

★★★★ "Capsis delivers a truly astonishing account, well realised at every level from the grandest flourish to the smallest gesture."

Limelight

★★★★½ "Resident Alien is engrossing and enlightening..."

ArtsHub

More Info

Quentin Crisp Paul Capsis
Director Gary Abrahams
Producer Cameron Lukey
Set and Costume Designer Romanie Harper
Lighting Designer Rob Sowinski
Sound Designer Daniel Nixon

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About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm every day.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant + Bar. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

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See an exhibition
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Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Accommodation
Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and Sofitel Brisbane