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Krishna Istha

Presented in Season 1 2019

Presented by Arts House and Midsumma Festival

Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb
60 mins
$25 / $20

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Nudity, smoke effects, adult concepts, flashing lights and loud music


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Wheelchair Accessible
Auslan Interpreted –  Fri 1 Feb, 8.30pm

Welcome to Beast, a comedy show by the world-famous transgender performer, Krishna Istha. Just kidding, trans people don’t get to be world famous, that’s not how this works.

Directed by the inimitable Zoe Coombs Marr, Beast is a comedic exploration into the life of a trans person in 2019 – what it means to be trans ‘masculine’ without becoming the men we hate and how taking testosterone can transform you into a social renegade, a beast. Using avant-garde comedy and experimental theatre Istha tackles issues of stereotypes, hormone replacement therapy, sexual fluidity and the reality of living while trans head on with heart and humour.

While maybe not world famous, Istha is renowned internationally for work that looks at transformations, gender politics and queer culture using subversive text, cabaret and comedy. Part stand-up comedy and part performance art, Beast is self-help comedy for the oppressed.

‘The remarkable Krishna Istha.’ The Monthly (for Wild Bore)

‘Krishna Istha is cute, fiery, and cheeky and has a lot to say on the subjects of queer culture and gender politics.’ Theatre du Jour (for Wild Bore)

Writer and performer:
Krishna Istha
Director and mentor:
Zoe Coombs Marr

This event is part of BODY, a new major project from Arts House in partnership with Midsumma Festival amplifying the voices of trans, gender diverse and intersex peoples.

Supported by – Beast is supported by the City of Melbourne through Arts House and was developed through CultureLAB. It was supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
BODY is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Besen Family Foundation.
Image by – Cherry Auhoni