Saturday, 10 September 2016

Quippings Criptopia - Fabulously Disabled Cabaret

For the Quippings crew, Criptopia is a red light district, featuring diverse, different, disabled, non-normative people on display, doing unusual things...

Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra did our first gig, many years ago, on the Quippings stage. Now we're back to perform with our favourite group of freaks and weirdos. Quippings is Melbourne's wildest all-disabled cabaret, and this season takes us into their home territory: Criptopia, the stomping ground for all that is fabulously different and diverse. Quippings Criptopia stars and is directed by comedic legend Sue-Ann Post and features Emma J Hawkins, Kath Duncan, Carly Findlay, Sugar St Claire and Rowan White.

Please note: Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra will only be playing on 17th and 25th September, but all of the shows feature fabulous acts.

*** This show is not appropriate for children ***

Event: Quippings Criptopia

Where: Richmond Theatrette, Upstairs, 415 Church St Richmond

When: Sat 17th Sept Opening night 730pm-830pm
Sunday 18th Sept 5pm-6pm
Sat 24th Sept - AUSLAN INTERPRETED SHOW 730pm-830pm
Sunday 25th Sept Closing Night 5pm-6pm
*** Bearbrass will only be performing on Sat 17th and Sun 25th September ***

Tickets: $15

Access: Wheelchair accessible. Auslan interpreter on Sat 24th September.

The Cast of Quippings Criptopia
Image Description: A group of people with various disabilities sit and stand in rows against a black background. They are dressed as if they are visiting a red light district. Below them are the words Quippings Criptopia.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Enunciations - Starring Jess Kapuscinski-Evans

Our gorgeous lead singer, Jess Kapuscinski-Evans will be starring in a new play called Enunciations by Raspberry Ripple Productions.

Have you ever felt that you don't belong? Ever told anyone?

In Raspberry Ripple's first show, eloquent words - and some not so eloquent! - will be spoken by disabled and able-bodied performers to the the 21st century story of being in the soup together.

Classic text will tug at your heart strings, new words discomfort you, both will make you fall off your seat with laughter and re-evaluate living in an ableist world. A discombobulation of thought, mind and matter!

Written and directed by Kate Hood.

Event: Enunciations
Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray
When: 7pm, Friday 19 August and Saturday 20 August. 2pm Sunday 21 August
Tickets: $25/$20
More Information:
Access: Wheelchair accessible, for more details email:

Enunciations starring our lead singer Jess.
Image description: A young woman with glasses sits in a manual wheelchair. She has a baby's pacifier in her mouth and is starring directly at the camera. The word enunciations appears behind her in shiny red lights.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Let's Talk About Sex!

We love talking about sex, it's one of our favourite topics, but not everyone has equal access to a quality sex education. Come and join us for a half-day forum on sex and relationships for people with intellectual disabilities and those that support them. It will be an entertaining and informative session, followed by refreshments and music (that's us).

Event: Let's Talk About Sex: Relationships and Sexuality Forum
Where: Maidstone Community Centre, 21 Yardley St Maidstone
When: Friday 17 June, 1.45pm to 6pm.
Tickets: Free, but you must register your attendance.
Access: To discuss your access requirements contact Jess Smart, Health Promotion Officer, Cohealth: 9680-1136 or 
For More Information or to Register:

Friday, 1 April 2016

Yarra Valley Music Festival - Sunday 24 April

Bearbrass is going to be performing at the first ever Yarra Valley Music Festival. It'll be a whole day of music and market fun at the Yarra Junction Oval.There'll be food and market stalls, a bar, jumping castles and heaps of activities for the kids. Other acts include The Flaming Moes, Joel James and Alazarin Tribal Belly Dance. If you're very lucky we might even show off our own bellies.

Event: Yarra Valley Music Festival
Date and Time: Sunday 24 April, 12.30pm-9.30pm (Bearbrass plays 1pm-1.30pm)
Venue: Yarra Junction Oval, 1 Park St Yarra Junction (Note: this is an outdoor gig).
Tickets: or (tickets also available at the gate may be more expensive)
Kids under 11: FREE
11-15 yrs: $10
16+ yrs: $18
Concession/Senior: $15
Family (2 adults, 2 kids): $45
More Information:

The Yarra Valley Music Festival: 24 April 2016

Friday, 25 March 2016

PAVE Festival - Saturday 16 April

Come and see us strut our stuff at Emerald's PAVE Festival. Emerald is a beautiful little town situated at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges and the PAVE Festival features some of the hills finest performing and visual artists. We'll be performing thanks to a brand new ramp built especially for us by the Emerald Men's Shed!

Event: Music at the Cave, PAVE Festival
Date and Time: Saturday 16 April, 2pm
Venue: Men's Shed, Main rd, Emerald

Pave Festival - 10-17 April 2016,

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Star in Our New Music Video!

We're making a new music video and we want you to star in it! We are currently looking for actors and extras, with and without disabilities to star in our new music video. No experience necessary, you just need to be in Melbourne in August. We're still finalising the venue, but it will be wheelchair accessible.

For more details:
Or contact Jess: or 0403899023

Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra perforing You Can't Save Everybody

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Bearbrass on TV!

Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra will be making their very first television appearance on No Limits on Channel 31 at 9pm on Friday 2nd January 2015. No Limits is an institution in Australian disability culture, and features all the latest news, views and events from the disability world. This episode features footage from the Quippings Freaktastic Fringe Show and will include the band playing One of Us, the awesome poetry of Andy Jackson and stand up comedy from Jarrod Marrinon. If you miss it, don't worry, it will be repeated at 11pm on Wednesday 7 January or you can catch up online:

Bearbrass performing at Quippings Freaktastic Fringe Show. The performance will be featured on No Limits on 2 January.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Tribute to Stella Young

This Friday, we will be performing at a very special Quippings dedicated to the irreplaceable Stella Young. Stella recently passed away, and proceeds from tickets at the door will go to Domestic Violence Victoria, which is the chosen charity of Stella's family.

We will be joined with friends of Stella, and they will read selected works and provide tributes. Make sure you come along to celebrate the life of Stella in a manner we know that she would love.

Date and time: Friday, 12 December, 7:30 PM
Venue: Hares and Hyenas, 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Cost: Nominal ticket price plus donation

Friday, 7 November 2014

Emerald Hill Festival

The Emerald Hill Festival is a collaboration between Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Arts Access Victoria, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre, Multicultural Arts Victoria and the South Melbourne Police. The one day event takes place in and around South Melbourne Town Hall. We'll be performing at the Nebula performance space (pictured), a unique portable venue designed specifically with disability access in mind. We're on at 10am, so we'll see you all bright and early.

Where: Nebula Performance Space, near Arts Access Victoria, 222 Bank St South Melbourne.
When: 10am, Sunday 9 November 2014.
Tickets: Free!
Access: Wheelchair Accessible.

Nebula is a fully accessible, portable performance space. We'll be performing there as part of the Emerald Hill Festival at 10 am on Sunday 9 November.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Quippings Freaktastic Fringe at the Spiegeltent

We are going internally berzerk at the thought of playing at the Spiegeltent with out mates from the Quippings crew. We'll be exploring all things freaky from the 1-5 October as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. All your Quippings favourites will be there, including host Jax Brown, Stella Young, Emma J Hawkins and Carly Findlay. So come and get your freak on and join us at the fabulous Spiegeltent.

When: 1 - 5 October
Where: The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston st, Collingwood
Cost: Full Price $21, Concession/Groups $16
Access: Wheelchair accessible, Auslan interpreter on Friday 3 October, Companion Cards accepted.

The cast of Quippings.