Taylor Mac Comes To The Melbourne Festival

Taylor Mac Comes To The Melbourne Festival

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music


Taylor Mac is one of American theatre’s most loved performance artists.

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is Taylor’s epic 24-hour show which charts a history of the United States from 1776 to present day, told through popular music of the time. Performed over four six-hour Chapters, the show has only ever been performed twice before, and comes to Melbourne direct from sold-out audiences in San Francisco. More than just a concert, each show features glitter, blindfolds, a gay and lesbian choir, a war re-enactment with ping pong balls, circus strong women and more.

Alongside 150 local and international guests—including Australia’s favourite queer stars: Karen from Finance, Agent Cleave, Dandrogyny, Kindred Surprize, Mama Alto, Miss Ellaneous and others—Taylor Mac will sing 246 popular songs in this extravaganza which celebrates the stories of marginalised communities, using what brings us down to build us back up.

Buy a single Chapter or save more than 10% when you buy all four.

“Taylor Mac’s 24-hour concert was one of the great experiences of my life.” —The New York Times

Chapter I: 1776—1836
Wed 11 October, 5.30—11.30PM
The American Revolution from the perspective of the Yankee Doodle Dandy, the early Woman’s Lib movement, an epic battle between drinking songs, early Temperance songs, a dream sequence where you are blindfolded and the heteronormative narrative as colonization.

Chapter II: 1836—1896
Fri 13 October, 5.30—11.30PM
Walt Whitman and Stephen Foster go head-to-head for the title of Father of the American Song, culminating in the queerest Civil War reenactment in history. Plus a production of The Mikado set on Mars.

Chapter III: 1896—1956
Wed 18 October, 5.30—11.30PM
A Jewish tenement, a WWI trench, a speakeasy, a depression and a zoot suit riot all make the white people flee the cities.

Chapter IV: 1956—present
Fri 20 October, 5.30—11.30PM
Bayard Rustin’s March on Washington leads to a queer riot, sexual deviance as revolution, radical lesbians and a community building itself while under siege.