Fringe World 2016: Mâché – A Drag Performance Showcase review

For one night only, Mâché took drag out of the gay clubs and put it on centre stage at Fringe World much to the delight of one of the most vocal and supportive crowd’s I’ve ever seen.

In a high energy feast for the eyes, Perth’s best drag stars came together for an electric, feel-good showcase of club kids expressing themselves through music, movement, killer costumes and makeup.

Mâché – presented by Gendermess Productions and starring Ginava (The Court Hotel’s Queen of the Court 2011), Katya Kokov, Vaboux, Flo Reel, Donna Kebab, Perri Oxide (Winner of Mr WAAPA 2015 and the reigning Queen Of The Court), Jason Green, Kodi Pendant, Harvest Dubois, Ana Falacksis, Rachel Discrimination and special guest, Melbourne’s Karen from Finance – aimed to bring a different side of drag to the forefront and I think it did just that.

While it certainly still had campy, trashy and ridiculously fun dance numbers, this show was filled out with humour, emotional scenes, political and social commentary, and acts designed to mess with the status quo.

From the prerequisite school-girl costumes and snippy Edward Scissorhands number, to the tale of a sad and lonely mermaid and a quick-talking bride with cold feet, Mâché had something for everyone. The costumes dazzled and the vibrant personalities shone strongly, making for one of the funnest hours Fringe is likely to offer this year.


Special guest Karen from Finance was an absolute standout, marrying together a creative performance with social commentary to give drag a bit more depth. In a feat of genius she mashed together Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 and The Offspring’s Why Don’t You Get a Job with Julia Gillard’s infamous and passionate misogyny speech – which for those of you who don’t remember, goes a little something like this: “I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not. And the Government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever.” – and brought the freakin’ house down.

Mâché might have been for one night only, but I sincerely hope the impression it made on the audience and support it garnered for queer performers shines long and bright beyond the Fringe World.


If you missed out on this, why not check out Gendermess’ next show – C.D, which strips away the costumes, backup dancers and rhinestones to present drag in its most minimal form. It’s on 27, 28 and 31 January at the Laneway Lounge.

*I received tickets for this show in exchange for my review (thanks Fringe World Festival). All opinions are my own.

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