Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Tina Del Twist in Concert (Photograph Courtesy of FringeWorld)
Even since Barry Humpries donned a faded housedress, a cloche hat and a hang-dog expression in 1955 and began telling the tales of an everage housewife called Edna, Australia has had a love affaire with drag artists.
Dames Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) and Hilda Bracket (Patrick Ffyfe) (Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Some sing, some don't, some play instruments, some don't - almost all have a wicked sense of humour, often bawdy. Artists like Patrick Ffyfe (Dame Hilda Bracket) took the singing well beyond mime to new heights with a full rich voice of a huge range.
And so it is with Tina Del Twist, the creation and alter ego of Wes Sterling, who according to his agent "came out of the womb dancing, and then fooled everyone by becoming a shy child."
A varied career as drama teacher in Korea and a stint in the East led him by a round-about way to Cabaret and Drag in New York, Melbourne and London and now, for the first time, Perth.
Wes Snelling (Potograph courtesy of Creative Representation)