A bonanza of Adelaide’s brightest drag stars are donating their talent for first Feast fundraiser of the year - Dragorama at the gorgeous Paradiso Speigeltent. Margie Fischer tells us all.
Dragorama’s stunning line up includes Malt Biscuit, Tina Peechez, Hollie Graffix, Shimmer Chernobyl, Luci Furr, Oktavia, Scarlett Snatch, Rouge, Izzy Goode, Mercedes Benz, Rita Demore’e, Helga Handful,Desiree, Raven, Princess Laya, Moly Morphine, Marie Claire, Thaliah, Shelita Buffet, Bailey St Cream, Define Emotions, Eva Rose, Elektra plus a number of yet to be confirmed surprise acts.
Dragorama is second only to Feast’s annual Megadrag in showcasing the variety and talent of Adelaide drag. The line up is a very special treat featuring drag legend Rouge alongside newcomer Shelita Buffet (say it slowly to get the joke) and many more.
Drag performance is a feature of queer community. Drag is a fascinating form of creative self expression which takes talent, time and money in the creation of unique characters who strut their stuff in gay venues internationally. Drag artists visiting Adelaide often comment on the number and variety of home grown drag talent in Adelaide. We seem to have more drag queens per head of population that any city in Australia.
Catherine Fitzgerald, Feast’s new Artistic Director, has dabbled in drag. Her alter ego Ben Dover drove the crowds wild whenever he performed with his Beautiful Boys. Will Ben Dover return in 2013? Watch this space.
It is a coup for Adelaide drag to feature in the line up of stunning shows at the Garden of Unearthly Delights. Over the past 11 years, The Garden has established itself as one of the most innovative and dynamic festival precincts in Australia. It’s unique. It’s buzzing. It’s THE place everyone wants to be during the Adelaide festival season.
The Paradiso Spiegel Tent is an experience in itself. Spiegeltents, Dutch for "Mirror Tents", are large travelling tent, constructed in wood and canvas and decorated with mirrors and stained glass. Originally built in Belgium during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, only a handful of these remain in existence today.
Dragorama is billed as being a 100 minute show, that’s a lot of drag.
Dragorama is on for one night only Thursday 7 March 10.15pm. All this for $23/$18 and you’ll be supporting Feast 2013 at the same time.