Debuting at Fringe World last year with Mâché: A Drag Performance Showcase, Gendermess has returned with another hour of glittery cross-dressing and debauched drag.
HOME aims to take the audience back to a time when routine was key, ignorance was bliss and everything was right as rain, giving a drag queen makeover to the 1940s -1960s.
The show featured some of Perth’s most-loved drag performers – Donna Kebab, Perri Oxide, Flo Reel, Cougar Morrison, Vaboux and Ginava – in gorgeous costumes, killer heels and wonderful makeup working their way through a series of acts.
I had high expectations for this show given last years’ performance but unfortunately they were not met and I was in fact left quite appalled at two of the scenes.
The show started out on a promising note, introducing us to an idyllic family life before launching into a comical act featuring a cockroach singing Scissor Sisters Filthy/Gorgeous. We were taken on journey through experiences of the time, including a killer costume in an act that looked at LSD as a treatment for hysteria, a catty tribute to sisterly love, a scorned-lover being carted away to the nuthouse (honestly the lyrics in this were just perfect!), and of course the promised full-frontal glittery nudity.
However there were two acts that let down the rest of the show and left an awfully bad taste in my mouth. The joke at the centre of these two acts just did not fly with me, I found them to be offensive and inappropriate and they made it hard to celebrate the rest of the performances.
I won’t go into detail but I would implore Gendermess to consider the messages they were attempting to deliver with these two acts, as they just didn’t translate for me (and I would wager for others in the audience too, given the lacklustre response).
Some aspects of HOME were funny and well considered but given the above I just can’t recommend this show.
I hope they come back with new material next year, because I have seen just how good they can be and this fell far from the mark.
Mâché: HOME is on every night until 7 February at Circus Theatre, Fringe Central.
*I received tickets to this show in exchange for my review (thanks Fringe World Festival). All opinions are my own.