The MECC Presents Misogyny Opus - Not Now, Not Ever

The MECC Presents Misogyny Opus - Not Now, Not Ever

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Student Preview Performance - Friday 28 April 2023, 10.30am
Q&A Session (Women in Leadership) - Friday 28 April 2023, 11.30am

Full Premiere Performance - Saturday 29 April 2023, 7.30pm  

“I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not.” – Julia Gillard

10 years have passed since the iconic speech by the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and as predicted by those attending parliament that day, history was made. Julia Gillard’s justifiable anger at the shocking misogyny she had experienced during her leadership, exploded into a speech which has survived the test of time.

Misogyny Opus, Not Now Not Ever celebrates the speech that sparked a conversation. This pop orchestral work is proudly composed by international songwriter Karen Jacobsen and accompanied by musicians from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Word for word, hear Julia Gillard’s historic speech accompanied by the powerhouse of these incredibly talented musicians, this April, live at the MECC.

What a powerful and EPIC piece. Needs to be shared far and wide. Thank you for raising your voice in such a creative way” - The Speakers’ Director

This project will transform the culture of prejudice against women in Australia and on a global scale” - Founding Director of Broken to Brilliant, Kate Crowley-Smith

Age Suitability: 13+

Student Preview Performance - Post show Q&A

Students attending the 1030am performance will have the opportunity to reflect upon and discuss the performance and this year’s IWD theme #EmbraceEquity via a post-show Q&A with some of Mackay’s most influential Leaders.

Students are encouraged to submit questions and discussion topics early by emailing - The panel will also be open to questions on the day.

Teachers are reminded that this performance is proudly supported by BMA via the Pathways to Performance program. With applications for funding closing on Wednesday 8 March(T1 W7). For more information please contact the MECC.

For teaching information and resources click here.

Make your experience complete and enjoy one of our delicious boxes.

Our boxes are available to pre-order online and limited boxes will be available to purchase pre-show, until sold out. To avoid disappointment, please pre-order.

Trio of Dips Box $11 (serves one)
Enjoy house made dips served with warmed naan bread

MECC Antipasto Boxes $15 (serves one)
Tantalise your taste buds with a selection of assorted cheeses, house made relish, gourmet danish salami, water crackers and seasonal fresh and dried fruits

Pre-order cut-off:
Boxes only available to pre-order up to 10am the day prior to event.  If event is on a weekend pre-orders close at 10am the Friday prior.

Buy at the event:
Limited boxes will be available to purchase at the event from the retail café until sold out.

Collection at the event: 
Boxes will be available for collection from the retail café 60 minutes prior to event, food can be taken into the Auditorium.

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Retail Café and Candy Bar - Join us 60 minutes prior to show and at interval (if applicable), we offer drinks, delicious food, and candy options.

Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre aims to ensure our venues and performances are welcoming and accessible. If you have any questions about access requirements, please contact the Box Office before purchasing tickets.


Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair seats/spaces are available for all events. These seats/spaces can be booked by contacting our Box Office on (07) 4961 9777.
All levels of the MECC carpark are fully wheelchair accessible.

Hearing Receivers are available in the Auditorium and a Hearing Loop is available in the Plenary Halls. To access this equipment simply enquire at the Box Office prior to event. Please contact the Box Office (07) 4961 9777 or visit us in person for more information.

Companion Cards
Companion Card holders are entitled to a complimentary companion ticket to all performances. The cardholder must provide their Companion Card details when making bookings and present the valid ID card to receive their ticket/s from the Box Office. To access this program, please contact the box office on (07) 4961 9777 or visit us in person.

Purchase Tickets

29 April, 2023
07:30 pm
MECC Auditorium
$42 Adult
$38 Friend/MECC Member
$38 Concession
$38 Pensioner
$22 Students (Highschool/Tertiary)
$22 Child U12
$38 Group 6+

$2.80 Phone Administration Fee

Tickets will be issued in a digital, PDF format and will be sent by email to the ticket purchaser, not to each individual.