With more sequins and tulle than a haberdashery store, this extravagant show is sure to tickle the fancy of many audiences. You might be surprised who will want to attend this performance… I was. When I explained to my friend that the story was about a Drag Queen with a difference, she said most enthusiastically 'I'd love to come.' To my surprise, she said she had always secretly wanted to be a drag queen and asked if she could dress up for the show?
This performance is held in a pink tent. You enter through a blown up rainbow and will be greeted by a man in a big green shiny hat. The tent was packed and the audience buzzing. This is a great inclusion in the Midsumma festival.
The music is compelling and haunting from the very first note. 'I Want to Break Free' by Queen, a Dolly Parton hit and 'Diamonds' are some of the tunes they belt out which are accompanied by top notch dancing performances. Don't listen to the lyrics too closely if you're easily offended. No holes are barred. The lip-syncing is clever and dramatic. The lead performer, Natasha Jynel, took centre stage in a long white dress and a mauve wig and she was stunning.
Reminiscent of the emotional swings of my pre-menopausal period (euphoric to desolate), this cleverly crafted cabaret performance will have you laughing, toe-tapping, clapping, on the edge of your seat and wanting to find out more about Beni Lola – not your typical drag queen. She's an expert lip syncer with layers of makeup but beneath all the glamour she is a woman.
As pretty as he is talented, Rolly Laughlin achieves the impossible and dances like a superstar in high heels shoes. I can tell you that in my younger years I never went anywhere where boys could dance like that!
For many years, drag has been the domain of gay men, but the phenomenon of bio queens has risen in popularity in Australia over the past few years.
This life piece of art is full of drama, dance, music and A/V presentations which blur the lines between autobiography and art. It tells tales common to humans and of growing up, including confusion, exploration and acceptance. This is a journey of self-discovery for anyone who has ever felt like they were looking for somewhere to belong. It's a story and night like no other.
Oh the drama darlings, the bling, those heels and just so much fun. So pull out the old glad bags and romp on into Gasworks for a wow of a time.
You could feel the tension during this performance
Auto Bio Queen features some of Melbourne's best cabaret performances from including Karen from Finance, Hanne Helsden, Bumpa Love, Fipe Preuss of Nuholani Dance and of course Beni Lola (Natasha Jynel).