Ode to Joy (Sydney Festival) [Sydney]
Ode to Joy (Sydney Festival) [Sydney]

Event Information


Sunday January 21, 2024
6:00 PM


The Neilson Theatre, ACO
13A Hickson Road
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

Auslan Interpreter/s

Yasmin Dandachi & Will Tapp

Language/ Cultural Consultant


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Gordon is a Scottish public servant living a sedate life and slowly coming to terms with the idea he might be deadly dull. All that changes when he meets a couple of fairy godmothers in Marcus and Tom, AKA Cumpig and Manpussy, at a sex party in Berlin.

Come away with us, they say, to Europe’s biggest gay-sex party at Berghain. Gordon is excited, curious… and freaked the f*ck out. Will stripping his homonormative behaviour and adopting an up-for-it alter-ego ‘Pig-Gordon’ be the ticket to a good time? Or the start of something more profound?

Created by writer-director James Ley, this riotous queer play about love, hedonism and sex was one of the succès de scandales of the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe. It even came with a handy glossary of terms – which are absolutely NSFW.

Featuring a pumping techno soundscape from DJ Simonotron (Hot Mess), Ode to Joy is a ribald rites-of-passage story, a finger raised to the rising tide of homophobia, a graphic celebration of kinky sex with strangers.


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