The Cat Eats

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Comedy, performance art and dance floor experience

Midsumma Festival and Boom Boom Bean Selecta present...

The Cat Eats is a hilarious, provocative and profound party experience—a feast for the senses with a menu for all tastes. We celebrate high-quality Queerness through a gastronomical theme that explores deliciousness and edibility. The line-up merges comedy, cooking, music, story and fine art performances with a cutting edge club experience. Our Special Guest is Boon Wurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung man, Uncle Jack Charles, a beloved and respected Elder, actor, musician, potter, gifted performer and now acclaimed author with the release of his memoir Born Again Blackfella. 

Your culinary MC for the evening is Radha, the Diva from India who stirs questions of race, gender, migration, and sexuality through the lens of food.

With a theme of nourishment, we cater sensual soul food to nourish mind, loins, heart and laughing lungs! We promise to get you dancing, whether it’s bouncing on your feet, clicking in time with the mood, bumping your booty in your seat or swivelling your chair as the beats make resisting the dance impulse impossible . Whetting your appetite is a starter by DJ HipHopHoe. No stranger to Hare Hole, this politically engaged DJ spans genres, decades and moods in one giant leg-spread.

We follow with a rich stew of stories by Uncle Jack Charles. A beloved and respected elder, an actor, musician, potter, gifted performer and now a renowned author with his acclaimed memoir, A Born Again Blackfella, Uncle Jack is gay Indigenous hero and ubiquitous Fitzroy local. Uncle Jack will enthral with tales of being a barefoot, skinny cat burglar with a drug habit, swanning around eastern suburbs mansions, sampling their  fare—collecting the rent, he described it once. Aboriginal lore demanded Jack confess his crimes, so he did his time, and has since become one of the state’s most powerful advocates for imprisoned Aboriginal people, working across every level of society with equal ease. 

The next dish is provided by Sammaneh Pourish, returning to Hare Hole after her previous serving of delicious comedy at the ridescent QPoC festival. A Queer Iranian Muslim who arrived in Au as a refugee, Sammeneh grew up on the problematic Gold Coast. Using comedy to address trauma, Poursh will stimulate thoughts on identity, ritual and diaspora.

"They do not make music, they are not musicians. They are The Architects of Sound." This electronic trash trio slurp us back into the music filling your orifices with their unique stripped-down vocals, and organic post-electro anthems. This is definitely a course you will find room for.

Before the evening's deep end dancing experience, Takashi Takiguchi will take us into the world of shadows with a vividly dark, artificially authentic Butoh based performance piece.

The evening climaxes in a deep and dirty post-gender dessert. Boom Boom Bean Selecta is a Non-Binary Cat DJ who sensitively bakes participatory sound experiences with underground ingredients. Heavy basslines with nostalgic and thoughtfully mixed selections engage every taste. They mix House, Techno, Swing, Bass and Disco in collaboration with absurd Non-Binary participatory projection artist Clunkk, who is exhibiting throughout the evening, and Non-Binary Mover Algal__Bloom, who moves for the Post- Anthropocene epoch.

This event takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung First Nation, who formed alliances with neighbouring First Peoples to form the Kulin Nations. We pay respect to elders past, present and emerging.

"My favourite DJ. They'll cater a mix that's challenging, funny and intelligent, with precision that utterly destroys the floor."
— MJ O'Neil

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English No Barrier
Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

When 7 Feb | Fri 8pm-1am


Full $30.00
Concession $25.00


Hare Hole (Hares and Hyenas)

63 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Get directions


11 to stop 16 | tram 96 to stop 15


200-207 to Brunswick/Johnston St

Event notes


New Work, Award Winning


Nudity, Sex scenes, Coarse language, Long Periods of standing, Reference to drug use

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