Created and Performed by Emma Maye Gibson AKA Betty Grumble

If you compost a sex clown, what remains?

"The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. It is an internal sense of satisfaction to which, once we have experienced it, we know we can aspire. For having experienced the fullness of this depth of feeling and recognising its power, in honour and self respect we can require no less of ourselves..." - Audre Lorde 

Bury The Beast is about fire. It is about learning how to tend to a fire that can crack open, light the way and create life. A fire that has assisted in cauterising wounds, but threatens to implode, burn out or rage uncontrollably if mismanaged or insulted.  Bury The Beast is an ongoing ecosexual wish towards flesh, force and the fecund.


EMMA MAYE GIBSON (AKA Betty Grumble) is a Sydney/Warrane based performance artist. Largely through the avatar/war mask/love letter/critter of Grumble she engages her body as a hopeful and medicinal site for catharsis and pleasure. Often moving in a genre smash of ritual theatre, autobiography, cabaret, performance art and multi-media, she is a proud ecosexual and believes in art as an action of her spirituality. She has her Masters in Fine Arts/Arse and has presented work at The Sydney Opera House, Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe, Perth & Adelaide Fringes, The Melbourne Comedy Festival, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Griffin Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, The Bearded Tit, Red Rattler Theatre, OUTsider Festival (Austin, Texas), MoMA (NYC), Joe’s Pub (NYC), The Glory (London), LiveWorks, AsiaTOPA, Dark Mofo, Mona Foma, Berlin Fringe and beyond. She believes in the flesh riot, leads Grumble Boogie ‘Thank You Body’ aerobic psychic love energy dance classes and is currently engaged in developing a new work under the guidance of mentors Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Burton and Victoria Spence. Major works include: Sex Clown Saves The World, Love & Anger, The Unshame Machine, Grumble n’ Friends, Grumble Boogie, Goddess – The Elizabeth Burton Story & Enemies of Grooviness Eat Shit. 


Dates: Friday 19 January and Saturday 20 January @ 8pm

Price: $25 or $20 with an Artist Pass (contact for financial hardship and Mob Tickets)

Running time: 60mins


Discussion of violence, grief, death, ecogrief, nudity, loud noises


If you have access requirements for attending the show, please complete the access requirements box during the booking process. This includes booking companion card tickets. 

A Brand X team member will then be in touch to confirm your requirements.
For access information on the venue, please CLICK to watch this video explainer.


Car: On-street metered parking around the venue.
Bus: Oxford Street 2 minute walk (333, 373, 399, 392, 394 and M10 buses).
Train: Museum Train Station 10-minute walk.

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Ticket Quantity Price
Friday, January 19 - 8pm

Friday, January 19 - 8pm

Decrease Increase $25.00
Saturday, January 20 - 8pm

Saturday, January 20 - 8pm

Decrease Increase $25.00