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I attended my first drag show on Valentine’s Day.
The play was titled: “Big Screen Small Queen” – Everything I Didn’t Learn At Film School was held at a little known independent theatre on the second floor of a hotel cum pub.
The theatre itself was very small and intimate, even smaller than the setting at the Library in Newtown, Sydney and also all patrons were required to wear face masks.
I came unprepared but thankfully the venue had given out free masks for patrons like me.
Another thing I did wrong was coming late to the 7.30pm show.
Unfortunately, they do not let in late comers.
So, I waited outside until the first interval was up in order to get in.
This means, I only managed to catch the second half of the show.
Despite that, I was still mesmerised by it.
For the record I have never been to a drag show but had a vague idea on such shows.
The show was also another new concept in the acting world that I had been exposed to.
The stage area was very small.
There was one main character, Etcetera Etcetera who was supported by two backup dancers.
Drag shows are mainly mimes of them singing over other people’s music.
But this show had a twist, instead of going and changing costumes behind doors, Etcetera would do it in front of us, the audience.
She would strip to her underwear and change her clothes in front of us before going on to sing the next number.
Once again, if you have a close mind, do not attend this show.
I had fun nonetheless.
I teared a bit, because during the intervals when she was changing costumes, she would speak to us about her life, straight from the heart.
Some of the anecdotes were rather sad, and nope I don’t think those dialogues were scripted.
Patrons were also allowed to take photos and videos during the show.
This was refreshing because the last two events that I attended had barred me from taking any photos.
I loved the theatre and the fact that it was at King Cross made it extra interesting as I had never been there since my last visit in 2014.
The theatre is easily accessible from the King Cross train station and if you are driving there, there is ample two-hour street parking nearby.
My advice would be to not come late for any shows showcased at the KXT theatre because they will lock you out.
Below are details of the show if you’d like to check it out for yourself.
Big Screen Small Queen
EVERYTHING I DIDN’T LEARN AT FILM SCHOOL
11 – 23 FEBRUARY 2023
A One-Woman-Show by Etcetera Etcetera
Etcetera Etcetera is a drag superstar on the rise – but there’s some unresolved artistic conflict in her past. It’s time for her to open up about her struggles at film school and breaking into the film industry as a gender rebel and less-than-mainstream artist. Come along and discover everything she didn’t learn at film school in a hilarious and jaw- dropping interpretation of the history of cinema. Watch as she plays characters straight from the silver screen and shows some of her own films she made in film school. Life is a movie – and she’s the star. Get the popcorn ready!
Writer / Performer Etcetera Etcetera
Previews: Sat 11 Feb 3.00 pm; Sun 12 Feb 7.30 pm;
Week 2: Mon* 13 Feb 7.30 pm; Tues 14 Feb 7.30 pm; Sat 18 Feb 3.00 pm and 9.30 pm; Sun 19 Feb 7.30 pm
Week 3: Mon* 20 Feb 7.30 pm; Thurs 23 Feb 7.30 pm
Please note that this show plays at KXT in the X, Level 2 KX Hotel.
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