Maeve Marsden

is creating Queerstories, cabaret, theatre & other good stuff

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$1 per month helps me cover the costs of doing business as a producer - admin, accounting, office expenses. You’ll get a shout out on social media and a subscription to the patron-only feed.

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$5 per month helps me with the costs of producing, editing and hosting the Queerstories podcast. You’ll get a shout out on social media and a subscription to the patron-only feed. I'll also offer occasional perks like discount codes, afterparty invites and more.

Ruthless People

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$10 per month helps me with the costs of producing live shows, so I’ll give you a 25% discount code to most Queerstories gigs, and to cabaret shows I produce.

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About Maeve Marsden

Hi, I’m Maeve. I’m a writer and theatremaker, and if you’re reading this it’s probably because you’ve seen, read, listened to or experienced something I’ve made – and hopefully you’ve loved it.

The work I make is grounded in community, joy and humour, in sharing stories, in music, and in challenging myself and my audience to think about difficult things in new ways.

Most of my work is framed by queer or feminist lens, and I am passionate about creating an arts industry that is progressive and fair, that celebrates difference.

My work has often been described as ‘wholesome’ which I think is cool young people’s way of saying ‘you’re in your late 30s and not very edgy but we think you’re quite charming’.

Over the past decade I’ve written, directed and produced a bunch of shows, I’ve toured internationally, I’ve curated events and cabaret nights and talks and ideas festivals, hosted panels and parties, edited a magazine, published a book, made a few podcasts, written a bunch of opinion pieces and satire and, of course, an important piece of journalism about the fact that I hate pavlova.

I’ve been a full time creative – without a ‘day job’ – for five years, and I am really proud of how far I’ve come as an artist and producer.

The funds donated by excellent people on Patreon help to cover the costs of maintaining my business, things like web hosting and development, accounting and legal fees, rehearsal space, graphic design, office expenses and tour costs. This helps me keep ticket prices reasonable (offering free tickets to those who can’t afford them) while allowing me to pay everyone fairly – everyone I book to perform, write, sing, strip, take photos, edit, make posters, you name it.

Importantly, Patreon also covers the cost of producing the Queerstories podcast, which now boasts more than 250 true stories from LGBTQI+ storytellers around Australia, an incredible archive of queer community and culture. I do not post ads on the podcast or derive income from it. You make it happen!

If all this sounds good to you, consider signing up to support my work. I post here about process and seek feedback from my community, and I offer perks like cheap tickets, mentorship, merch, or other stuff my patrons ask for.

What do I do, though, really?
  • I produce and host Queerstories, a national LGBTQI+ storytelling project, with live events, a book and an award-winning podcast.
  • I produce and perform in Homage a live music 'spin off' of Queerstories.
  • I’m currently writing a play about lesbians getting divorced as part of Belvoir Theatre’s Phillip Parson’s Early Career Playwrights Lab.
  • I’m also writing a one-person show about surveillance capitalism with my partner, Nikki. 
  • And an absurd play about the dog park, the place I have spent most of 2020 with my dog, Dottie (see insta for a great deal of Dot-content).
  • I direct and perform in feminist cabaret act Lady Sings it Better.
  • I wrote and perform in Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, directed Anthea Williams, which toured extensively for four years. I produce and perform in its spin off variety night, Hot Gin Punch.
  • I wrote and perform in Fat Musicals: A Body of Work, a satirical take on musical theatre and body positivity. After premiering in 2019, our 2020 tour was cancelled due to covid, but here’s hoping we’ll be able to tour again soon.
  • I do a LOT with Libby Wood (all of the above feminist cabarets), we sing, host, tour and know more about each other’s day to day needs than most people who aren’t siblings or lovers. 
  • I made My Mother's Kitchen with Google Creative Labs in 2019, a cool interactive podcast exploring nostalgia, family, tradition and food culture through a queer lens.
  • I curated Queer Thinking for Sydney Mardi Gras 2019 – 2020.
And what do you get?
The main ‘perk’ of this Patreon is the Queerstories podcast and my continued existence as a creative, but, different pledge levels get other rewards, which include discount tickets, personalised videos or other content, performances and more. Oh, and if you tell me something you want, I’ll probably give it to you!

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING CURRENCY
Patreon is a US site, so it works with US dollars. You'll be charged in US$ so an odd amount will come out of your account each month. I've set the pledges at approximate conversions. Contact me if anything is unclear.
Goals
105 of 200 patrons
With 200 patrons, I could increase performer fees for Queerstories, and I could supplement tour budgets allowing Lady Sings it Better to tour more.
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