Saturday 1 October 7.30pm
Start your engines Australia!RuPaul, the world’s most famous drag queen, has brought her hit competition franchise to Australia and New Zealand with RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under, and now the queens of season 1 and upcoming season 2 are hitting the road! Prepare for an evening of eleganza extravaganza as this brand-new tour takes on venues across the country this September and October. In 2009 RuPaul’s Drag Race, a show that celebrated the art of drag, debuted on a small LGBTQ+ network, and has since shattered all expectations by becoming a major influence in mainstream pop culture - having launched the careers of over 150+ drag queens around the world, inspired top fashion designers, consistently trended #1 on Twitter, and attracted mega-talented guest stars like Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and many more. Get ready to witness the Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent of the RuPaul’s Down Under Queens LIVE on stage as they sashay into a venue near you! (Please note, all dates will feature a selection of Queens from season 1 and 2 with line-up to vary by location.)
The RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under - Live On Stage performance on Saturday 29 January 2022 at 7.30pm has been rescheduled to Saturday 1 October at 7.30pm. We’re working on rescheduling this performance, ticketholders have been contacted with details. If you have any questions, please email CanberraTicketing@act.gov.au.
Saturday 1 October
Start your engines Australia!
RuPaul, the world’s most famous drag queen, has brought her hit competition franchise to Australia and New Zealand with RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, and now the queens of season 1 and upcoming season 2 are hitting the road! Prepare for an evening of eleganza extravaganza as this brand-new tour takes on venues across the country this September and October.
In 2009 RuPaul’s Drag Race, a show that celebrated the art of drag, debuted on a small LGBTQ+ network, and has since shattered all expectations by becoming a major influence in mainstream pop culture – having launched the careers of over 150+ drag queens around the world, inspired top fashion designers, consistently trended #1 on Twitter, and attracted mega-talented guest stars like Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and many more.
Get ready to witness the Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent of the RuPaul’s Down Under Queens LIVE on stage as they sashay into a venue near you!
(Please note, all dates will feature a selection of Queens from season 1 and 2 with line-up to vary by location.)
The RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under – Live On Stage performance on Saturday 29 January 2022 at 7.30pm has been rescheduled to Saturday 1 October at 7.30pm. We’re working on rescheduling this performance, ticketholders have been contacted with details. If you have any questions, please email CanberraTicketing@act.gov.au.
Season One Queen Bios
Anita Wigl’it: Anita is the owner and resident queen of Auckland’s famous Caluzzi Cabaret and the host of the TVNZ show ‘House of Drag’ as well as the monthly comedy show Drag Wars. Over the last decade she has wiggled her way into the hearts of many, winning both Vancouver’s next top Drag Superstar and Drag Entertainer of the year in 2013, before returning to Auckland. Her favourite performances to date include Mardi Gras (Sydney 2016 and 2019) as well as Adele’s world tour after party in 2017.
Art Simone: Art Simone is the current reigning “Queen of Australia” and has played roles in Australian feature films, theatrical shows, television programmes, and commercials; as well as being awarded Drag Performer of the Year for the last two years running. Last year, Art travelled to Los Angeles and New York, representing Australia in the world’s largest drag convention, RuPaul’s DragCon.
Coco Jumbo: Coco has performed on the Mardi Gras party mainstage many times and is a multi DIVA (Drag Industry Variety Awards) award winner most prestigious Entertainer of the Year in 2017, Sydney’s Favourite Showgirl in 2016-2019 and Rising Star in 2015. Coco has worked with Absolutely Fabulous’ Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst, with Australia’s very own Sandra Sully.
Elektra Shock: Elektra Shock is the Dancing Queen of Tāmaki Makaurau! Runner up on Season 2 of TVNZ House of Drag and; Star of Pleasuredome The Musical, the NZ Herald describes her as “utterly charismatic”. Starting Drag in 2012, she is now a resident performer at a number of venues on Karangahape Rd. Her amazing dance ability, shocking high kicks and live vocals, puts her in high demand for corporate events and theatre performances around Aotearoa.
Etcetera Etcetera: Etcetera is a striking non-binary drag artist, who at only twenty-two years of age has already made a splash within the Australian drag community for her aesthetic and activism. Known as the ‘glamour bug’, she runs the shows at one of Sydney’s iconic establishments: The Imperial Erskineville!
Jojo Zaho: In 2015 Jojo started her drag career as a political response to a council member stating that homosexuality is not part of the indigenous culture. So for Dubbo’s first annual Central West Pride March she walked the parade in a costumes she made with both the indigenous and gay pride flag and she hasn’t looked back since. Since then, she has made her first television cameo on Get Krackin, competing in the inaugural Miss First Nation Indigenous drag queen pageant, the documentary Black Divaz, and hosting the VIP party for the Newcastle leg of Cher’s Australian tour.
Karen from Finance: One of the most renowned drag artists in Australia; Karen was one of the original members of the award winning, cult queer cabaret ‘YUMMY’ and has built an international fan-base, touring the world with her singular brand of office-themed character drag. At the beginning of this year, Karen was appointed as an Ambassador for DragExpo in Melbourne. She has appeared at RuPaul’s DragCon in LA in 2017, 2018 and 2019 in headlining performances, as well as headlining shows all over the US, including the Austin International Festival in Texas.
Kita Mean: Kita started drag when she dressed up for a New Year’s Eve party and wowed all her friends. Before long she found herself in the thick of the nightlife, firmly making her mark on the Auckland scene. A few years down the line she joined Anita Wigl’it as a drag duo where the two started a monthly event which gave local kiwi drag artists a platform to perform on called Drag Wars. Kita now co-owns the iconic Caluzzi Cabaret and Phoenix Venue in Auckland and has since hosted two series of TVNZ’s House of Drag as well as maintaining her position as resident Drag Queen at Family Bar and Club.
Maxi Shield: Maxi has been a drag artist for twenty- three years, and is noted for her work within the community, including “Drag Storytime” where drag artists read stories to children, engaging them in fun and creative ways and conveying the overall message of inclusion. Maxi won “Entertainer of the year” at the Drag Industry Variety Awards in 2015, has been names Madonna’s national Hostess for her Australian Rebel Heart Tour and has closed both a straight Olympics (Sydney 2000) and opened a gay one (Gay Games 2022).
Scarlet Adams: Scarlet is a burlesque performer, pole dancer, costume designer and self-proclaimed “party girl.” Since she turned eighteen, Scarlet has worked tirelessly to build her reputation and brand as a drag artist. After only a year of doing drag, Scarlet won the prestigious title of queen of the Court and ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 2016 at the annual PROUD Awards.
Season Two Queen Bios
Aubrey Haive (Bailey Dunnage): Aubrey Haive is no stranger when it comes to being in front of the camera, already a budding actor and musical artiste, this fashion forward queen originally hails from Timaru, New Zealand (now based in Melbourne, VIC).
Aubrey is relatively new to the artform of drag, first dabbling in 2020 – and during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. After recently moving to Melbourne, Aubrey found herself enduring one of the longest lockdowns in the world, however, she took this as an opportunity to practise her make-up and develop a drag aesthetic with the encouragement of her partner.
It wasn’t long until Aubrey made her debut, and when she did – she made a real impact on the Melbourne drag scene. Aubrey is now booking gigs left right and centre, and her dream of doing drag as a full-time career is coming to fruition.
Beverly Kills (Reece Jackson): Beverly Kills started doing drag within just a few months of turning eighteen. After entering a local drag competition, Beverly managed to take out first prize and within a year she secured a weekly residency at one of Australia’s most renowned nightclubs, Fluffy (Brisbane) – which is no small feat for a new queen on the scene.
Since then, Beverly has established herself as one of Brisbane’s most noted up-and-coming drag performers. Not just a pretty face, Beverly Kills offers something a little extra with her burlesque and sideshow style performances in which you can expect a good whipping, or even some fire breathing!
Faúx Fúr (Tommy Tran): Faux Fur has been a regular face, and the loudest voice, among the Sydney Drag scene for the last seven years. Few Queens in Sydney can rival the on-stage presence of Faux, known for her high energy performances that leave the crowds screaming for more.
Faux has always been proud of her Asian heritage and noted the lack of Asian Queens in the Sydney scene. In 2020 she started her popular weekly IGTV show ‘Faux Mondays’, a platform where she strives to give not only other Queens, but all members of the Queer and POC Queer community, a voice to share their stories in the hope of inspiring others.
Whether hosting an awards night as emcee or simply killing it on stage at the club, Faux is a Queen with the biggest of hearts that aims to touch and uplift others in all she does.
Hannah Conda (Christopher Collins): After conquering the Perth drag scene, Hannah Conda took a leap of faith and made her way to Sydney in 2015. Here, she cemented her drag status by being the only queen to have ever won both ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the Drag Industry Variety Awards (DIVAs) all in the same year (2016).
Hannah has been a featured face numerous times at many iconic Sydney Mardi Gras Events, opened for Bianca Del Rio on her Australian tour and even made the journey across the pond to appear at RuPaul’s Drag Con in Los Angeles.
As well as being an award-winning entertainer, Hannah co-founded ‘Drag Storytime’ in 2016, an initiative whereby reading to young children while in drag helps to educate them about inclusion, acceptance and love – as well as allowing them to dream big and use their imaginations.
Hannah has had a string of silver screen appearances, most notably on an episode of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ (Season 11) and on Netflix’s ‘Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father’ (Series 4).
Kween Kong – (Thomas Fonua): Kween Kong is originally from New Zealand, and of Tongan and Samoan heritage, currently residing in Adelaide SA. Known for her powerhouse performances; Kween is a renowned dancer and choreographer within the queer community, frequently touring internationally with the Australian Dance Theatre.
At just sixteen years old she was offered a two-year apprenticeship with Black Grace (one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance companies). Kween is also the matriarch of Haus of Kong; a drag collective that aims to change the lives of its young recruits both on and off the stage.
In 2019, Kween won the title of ‘Miss Drag Nation’ Australia, representing Adelaide SA. Drag Nation is a national competition in which drag talent from each state competes locally before getting the opportunity to represent their state and compete at a national level.
Minnie Cooper (Aaron Farley): Minnie Cooper is considered drag royalty among the Sydney circuit, with a glittering career that spans over twenty years and having entertained audiences from Oxford Street in Sydney to Oxford circus in London.
In 2016 Minnie was semi-finalist on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ combining her drag and musical theatre talents. Minnie has performed for gay icons such as Cher at the 2018 Mardi Gras parade, and Kylie Minogue the following year.
Minnie has won more DIVA awards (Drag Industry Variety Awards) than any other drag artist in Australia, including taking the title of ‘Entertainer of the Year’ four times, as well as winning ‘Sydney’s Favourite Drag Queen’ and ‘Choreographer of the Year’, just to name a few.
In 2018, Minnie moved into the world of Cabaret with her one woman show ‘From Chorus Boy to Leading Lady’ which was the winner of ‘Best in Cabaret & Musical Theatre Award’ at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2019. Minnie also appeared in the Netflix series ‘Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father’ (Series 4).
Molly Poppinz (Ricky Eldridge): Molly Poppinz originally made a name for herself in Vancouver after struggling to find the confidence to do drag in her hometown of Newcastle (NSW). Often referred as ‘The Thunder from Down Under’, Molly was embraced by the queer community in Canada, finally enabling her to find the assurance she needed to perform for the crowds.
During her time away (2016-19), Molly worked as a full time drag performer, known for her fun and campy numbers, but also lending her talents as a Drag DJ, MC/Host, and live rapper. In 2018 Molly was crowned as Vancouver’s most ‘Fierce Queen’, receiving her award from Drag Race Alumni, Aja (Season 9 & All Stars 3).
Arriving back in Australia in 2019, Molly found herself back in her hometown of Newcastle, which was still yet to offer any queer venues or safe spaces. This inspired Molly to cultivate her own shows in hopes of building a thriving drag community in Newcastle.
Pomara Fifth (Brad Kennedy): Growing up in the suburbs of Western Sydney, Pomara Fifth always stayed true to herself and never let the bullies and naysayers keep her down for long. Thankfully her amazing mother and four sisters provided a very open home environment which nurtured her natural exuberance and love for performance.
Pomara represents both First Nation and Māori queens. She has a reputation as being a versatile, multi-talented performer and host, first beginning her drag career in 2014.
In 2018 Pomara won the coveted ‘Rising Star’ award at the DIVA Awards (Drag Industry Variety Awards) and worked for Netflix on their Mardi Gras float that same year. Pomara has gone on to work for numerous companies and has performed all around NSW, working corporate events and entertaining the masses at drag brunch, bingo… you name it!
Spankie Jackzon (Blair Macbeth): Spankie Jackzon is a New Zealand drag performer best known for competing on original Kiwi series House of Drag (Season 2), where she came in as an intruder in Episode 4 and was eventually crowned as the winner, taking home the 10k cash prize.
With over fifteen years of experience, twelve of which were spent amongst Melbourne’s competitive drag scene, this Palmerston North (NZ) queen admits she isn’t here to play games as she vies to take another crown.
Spankie Jackzon is the official host and roving reporter of The Wellington International Pride Parade, bringing drag to small towns across Aotearoa. With buckets of charisma, a vivacious personality and cheeky sense humour, Spankie has it all covered!
Yuri Guaii (Elliot Ireland): Starting out at the age of eighteen, Yuri Guaii has been doing drag for going on eight years, however making her start on the Auckland drag scene was not easy ground to break.
Despite spending six months developing her make-up and sewing skills within the confines of her bedroom, Yuri was known for her spooky aesthetic which only got her booked for gigs taking place on Halloween.
Yuri really had to try hard to get herself out of the “spooky girl” box – and that she did – now living up to the reputation of being one of Auckland’s most talented drag make-up artists, and so it’s no surprise that she has finds herself here on the mainstage of RuPaul’s Drag Race to show the world what she’s made of.
Having studied Fashion Design, Yuri’s secret weapon is her sewing skills and she’s known for creating all her own show-stopping drag looks.
List of inclusions:
- One (1) Premium Reserved Seat in the first ten (10) rows
- Enjoy a private meet & greet with the queens before the show (please arrive by 6pm)
- Customised VIP laminate
- Designated VIP check-in and onsite staff
Live Nation VIP Package Terms and Conditions:
- Please note that the contact details provided at the point of purchase (email, mobile, mailing address) are the details used to communicate all VIP information.
- A TEXT with a link to VIP instructions OR an EMAIL, will be sent 3-5 business days before the event with timings and additional information. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if this is not received. We also send reminder texts the day of the show detailing the time and location of check in.
- VIP purchasers may need to arrive 1-2 hours before doors open to ensure delivery of all benefits.
- Original purchasers name must be known in order to check-in and receive your benefits.
- VIP inclusions (e.g. laminate, drink voucher or merchandise item) will be redeemed and collected on the night of the show (unless otherwise advised).
- Given the dynamic nature of live events, we may need to make changes to parts of your VIP Package including seating arrangements, start times, merchandise, food and beverage service arrangements and other things. Where we do this, we will ensure that you will be provided with alternatives that overall have an equivalent value as your package.
- If applicable, Early Entry refers to first access onto the floor, there is no sectioned off area (unless otherwise stated).
- If applicable, collectible laminate is commemorative only and does not gain or authorise access into the venue or backstage areas.
- Choose carefully as we will not provide refunds for a change of mind or because you can’t make the event. Refunds will only be paid where required by applicable law, including the Australian Consumer Law.
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Approximately 120 minutes, including interval.
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