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Tina Del Twist at Perth Fringe World

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Dragging cabaret song into the limelight
Tina Del Twist is a Perth Fringe World Festival production.

Tina Del Twist, Perth Fringe World Festival, Drag, Singers
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.

Tina Del Twist, Perth Fringe World Festival, Drag, Singers
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.

Tina Del Twist, Perth Fringe World Festival, Drag, Singers
Wes Snelling (Potograph courtesy of Creative Representation)

Tina is appearing with guitarist Stephen Weir and if you'd like a sneak preview of her style a sample can he found of YouTube here.

Tina is appearing at The Spiegletent, Perth Cultural Centre, James Street, Northbridge for five performances only from Wednesday the 4th February, to Sunday the 8th.

Tickets cost $25 and are obtainable on the FringeWorld website.
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Why? Tina is known for her razor-sharp comic timing and breathtaking jazz/blues vocals
When: Various
Where: Speigletent, The Pleasure Gardens, James Street, Northbridge
Cost: $25
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