My Other Closet the Cabaret

Coming to Geelong; unique one-man show raising awareness of domestic violence in LGBTIQ relationships

After sellout seasons in Sydney & MelbourneMy Other Closet, the Cabaret, a raw, personal and deeply affecting true-life account of domestic violence in a same sex relationship, has begun touring regional Victoria. 

Described as “moving”, “brave” and “wonderful”, the one-man show features Russ Vickery, who developed the performance piece with partner Matthew Parsons, Manager of LGBTIQ Intimate Partner and Family Violence at Rainbow Health Victoria, to highlight the little-known reality of violence in same sex and gender diverse (LGBT) relationships 

 

After sellout seasons in Sydney & MelbourneMy Other Closet, the Cabaret, a raw, personal and deeply affecting true-life account of domestic violence in a same sex relationship, has begun touring regional Victoria. 

Described as “moving”, “brave” and “wonderful”, the one-man show features Russ Vickery, who developed the performance piece with partner Matthew Parsons, Manager of LGBTIQ Intimate Partner and Family Violence at Rainbow Health Victoria, to highlight the little-known reality of violence in same sex and gender diverse (LGBT) relationships 

Russ says he wants to dispel the myth that domestic violence doesn’t happen in LGBTIQ relationships. “At first I couldn’t comprehend what was happening. It was so unexpected. It took some time for me to realise that this was abusive, this was manipulative. And it seems that this is a common reaction for LGBTIQ survivors.” 

Matthew points out that the 2016 Royal Commission into Domestic and Family Violence found LGBTIQ people experience the same or higher rates of intimate partner violence than heterosexual couples and yet are severely undersupported by professional services.   

It also found the issue is so poorly understood that even LGBTIQ victims often don’t recognise the abuse when it is happening to them—and it’s often also unrecognised by their families, colleagues and friends,” Matthew says. 

Providing insight through powerful storytelling and songs, My Other Closet, the Cabaret is Russ’s account of his journey to domestic violence survivorRuss, a father of three now in his 50s, takes us on a musical journey through the story of his life. It begins in Melbourne’s gay clubs in the 70s, follows Russ through a 17-year straight marriage, then sees him coming out of the closet and into his first same-sex relationshipa relationship marred by extreme physical violence and emotional abuse.   

And now this same successful format is rolling out to benefit more parts of regional VictoriaAlong with training events, public performances of My Other Closet, the Cabaret will be held in Geelong in November 2019 to educate local professionals and audiences on a topic they’ve likely never even considered.  

One part entertainment, one part education and awareness campaign, this production gives powerful and moving insight into the causes of domestic violence and how to end it. 

My Other Closet, the Cabaret www.myotherclosetthecabaret.com will be showing at 7pm on November 29th & 30th at Courthouse Youth Arts, 60 Little Malop St, Geelong 

Produced by MAROPA Productions, in partnership with City of Greater Geelong and Bethany Community Support Services. With funding from the Victorian Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet, Equality Branch and support from Courthouse Youth Arts, Rainbow Health Victoria and Switchboard Victoria.