One of the most exciting venues during Sydney World Pride will be the House of Hornecker, a pop-up queer theatre and drag hotel which launches on the 9th of February on Flinders St, Darlinghurst – and runs until March 5th. Two unpredictable shows will run every night in a ground-floor theatre space reminiscent of after-dark 1980s New York and London. There will also be interactive tours of the drag hotel.

House of Hornecker is the creation of acclaimed artist and set designer Tony Hornecker, who has previously worked with Kylie Minogue. A continuation of the hugely popular Pale Blue Door concept which originated in his London home studio before touring six countries, Hornecker is bringing his ‘gypsy vagabond speakeasy’ drag and queer performances to Sydney from East London. 

The inspiration behind the performance and set dressing are from the old Molly Houses of East London. The eighteen rooms of the 1850s Manor House building on Flinders Street will be completely transformed with items of curiosity salvaged and collected from all over Australia. The Manor House building is located adjacent to the now-demolished Taxi Club, which was an iconic queer institution and the newly reopened Arq nightclub. The House of Hornecker makes nods to its location while also showcasing some Australian talent.

The House of Hornecker will offer guests a glimpse into Tony’s topsy-turvy world of colour, creativity and hospitality which he once provided from his East London home. Guests will imbibe plates of hors d’oeuvres along with fanciful cocktails while drag queens perform throughout the Victorian building.

Performance artists include A Man to Pet, Fancy Chews, CHRJA, Gaffy Gaffiero and more fabulous talent.

Expect to see cool, madcap kids of drag from Australia and East London who aren’t your usual. The House of Hornecker is throwing a chaotic cast together in honour of queer history!

Tickets are $120 including one cocktail per guest and a plate of hors d’oeuvres. Guests can also purchase tickets to tour the makeshift drag hotel, featuring set design by Tony Hornecker and performances from a changing cast of resident drag queens. 

For more information and to book tickets, click here.