The Search by Jess McAvoy

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Image: by Jen Macchiarelli

"A spine chilling talent" - Toronto Star

Pulled from the transformations of their own life as a Trans, immigrant artist, McAvoy weaves a lyric filled homage to the shifting selves in each of us and our quest for authentic self expression. "The Search", performed solo by McAvoy themself, is a contagiously vulnerable, genre-bending performance that asks the questions: Who do you think you are? And, what do you want to become?

Witness the inner work to recover one’s true voice in the face of alcoholism and complex post traumatic stress disorder, throughout a music career and through multiple states of consciousness leading to the eventual emancipation from binary gender constructs, presented by several distinct personality aspects within the protagonist.

About Jess McAvoy

Originally from Perth Australia, Jess McAvoy is a Brooklyn-based nonbinary multimedia artist with over 27 years experience as a singer/songwriter. Jess made a name for themself in Melbourne throughout the 2000s and most notably made the rounds with their song “The Sailor”, and their powerful solo sets performing alongside the likes of Liz Stringer, Clare Bowditch and many, many more.

"Absolute Banger of a show by Jess McAvoy. Joy Incarnate"
— Sara Brown, NYC
"Hypnotically Honest Material"
— Australian Musician Magazine

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Dates & Times

WHEN 22-27 Jan | Mon-Sat 8:30pm


FULL $45.00
CONC $40.00
GROUP $38.00 - (min 6)
COMPANION FREE - please contact [email protected] or 03 9663 8107 to arrange


The Butterfly Club - Upstairs

5 Carson Pl, Melbourne CBD

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Flinders Street


Any Swanston St tram to stop 11 (City Square) | tram 11, 12, 48, 109 to stop 6 (Melbourne Town Hall) | tram 86, 96 to stop 6 (Swanston St/Bourke St)

Event notes


Melbourne Premiere, Australian Premiere


Strong language, References to drug use, Mature themes

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