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John Waters: Make Trouble

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

The one and only film director, writer and artist John Waters returns to Australia with his world acclaimed one-man show, Make Trouble to inspire, challenge and excite audiences, and encourage us all to grow old disgracefully!

When John Waters delivered his gleefully subversive advice to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the speech went viral, in part because it was so brilliantly on point about making a living as a creative person. Now we can all enjoy his sly wisdom in a live event that reminds us, no matter what field we choose, to embrace chaos, be nosy and outrage our critics.

With his pencil-thin moustache, Hollywood smile and trademark flamboyant suit, John Waters has forged an unwavering path in his quest to give bad taste a good name. Known for his early subversive work such as Pink Flamingos (1972), as well as box office hit Hairspray (1988), the eccentric filmmaker has pioneered transgressive movies.

Hysterical, shameless and revelatory, Waters serves up salty reflections on the world today, his camp obsessions and life lessons such as the downsides to being famous (none), all studded with cameos from his larger-than-life stars, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner and Patricia Hearst.

Joyously devious, Waters elevates all that is trashy in life into a call to arms to “filth followers” everywhere.

Writers + Ideas is supported by EY and O’Neill Architecture. 


Waters doesn't kowtow to the received wisdom, he flips it the bird… [Waters] has the ability to show humanity at its most ridiculous and make that funny rather than repellent.

The Washington Post

Waters is growing old in disgraceful fashion. Avid fans will know some of the shtick already but nothing can compare to hearing it from the horse's filthy mouth.


Waters's best bits are nostalgic, as he remembers his late friend and frequent collaborator Divine. Part memoir, part lecture, This show reaffirms what most of us already know from The Wire: In a town full of delightful misfits, Waters may be Baltimore's sanest citizen.

Village Voice

About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
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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 on performance days.

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. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

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