John Waters: Make Trouble

John Waters: Make Trouble


The one and only film director, writer and artist John Waters returns to Australia with his world acclaimed one-man show, Make Trouble to inspire, challenge and excite audiences, and encourage us all to grow old disgracefully!

When John Waters delivered his gleefully subversive advice to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the speech went viral, in part because it was so brilliantly on point about making a living as a creative person. Now we can all enjoy his sly wisdom in a live event that reminds us, no matter what field we choose, to embrace chaos, be nosy and outrage our critics.

With his pencil-thin moustache, Hollywood smile and trademark flamboyant suit, John Waters has forged an unwavering path in his quest to give bad taste a good name. Known for his early subversive work such as Pink Flamingos (1972), as well as box office hit Hairspray (1988), the eccentric filmmaker has pioneered transgressive movies.

Hysterical, shameless and revelatory, Waters serves up salty reflections on the world today, his camp obsessions and life lessons such as the downsides to being famous (none), all studded with cameos from his larger-than-life stars, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner and Patricia Hearst.

Joyously devious, Waters elevates all that is trashy in life into a call to arms to “filth followers” everywhere.

Writers + Ideas is supported by EY and O’Neill Architecture. 

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