So, there we sat, a middle-aged mother with her daughter behind another similar pair, near an elderly couple, close to a group of super fans, opposite some groupies, away from the drunk, loudly excited 20-year-olds, yes, a mixed bag of audience members all waiting, poised for the DIVAS to entertain us. Entertain us they did!
Led by the super multi-talented “Perthonality" Dean Misdale, the Divas are a glossy, groovy and faaaabulous cast of skilled performers. Sassie Cassie, Fay Rocious, Alex and Flynn all gave the show the style and dragalicious energy we were all there to delight in.
Their opening number dazzled us all like a bunch of brightly coloured dancing neon highlighters. Superstars of drag and dance, the whole cast lit up the stage (along with fireworks and a huge DIVAS sign) to the pumping ABBA track of “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” With a huge runway down the Main Hall of the Girls School, this show is all big. Big hair, big numbers, big laughs, and big costumes.
Whilst all the drag divas had their own sexy, sophisticated individual numbers they shone the brightest when working as a group. The Spice Girls medley number was a definite highpoint of the night, and the divine finale was a medley of numbers that everyone knew and loved. Personally, I love drag, I love its cheeky forcefulness and power, but underneath its vulnerability always peeps out. Dean Misdale’s little anecdotes in between acts gave us that hint of truth that really connects us to the performers.
We might not be able to nip over to Sydney to see the Mardi Gras, but we have our own Divas here to bring us all the same high kicking excitement, with “foul language and visual delusion!”
Well, were all those multi-faceted audience members entertained? We certainly were—we screamed with laughter, oohed and ahhed at the spectacular costumes, whooped with the sassiness of it all, sang along with the catchy songs and most of all, had a wonderful night out leaving with a jiggle in our wiggle and a huge smile on our dial.