Fabulous world of drag artistry to come alive at Artscape

Fabulous world of drag artistry to come alive at Artscape

This year’s Artscape Women Humanity Arts Festival will strive to bring people of all walks of life together from Wednesday to Saturday, August 2 to 12. Now in its 11th year, the festival focuses on humanity, women and disability by not only celebrating “the bravest souls of our society”, but also addressing the challenges they face.

Cape Town has a scintillating drag tradition that dates back to the Thirties, especially in vibrant District Six. Today the pageants, the parties, the hair dressing salons and the fabulous drag queen shows still flourish across the city. However, it is often hosted in backwood clubs, catering to a select few who know where to find them. The ‘Absolutely Fabulous Drag Show’ will endeavour to put the crème de la crème of drag on centre stage at the Artscape Theatre Centre on August 4 and 5.

With fine feathers preened, false eyelashes fluttering and sequins glittering, the fiercely feminine/masculine will gather to celebrate the world of “lip sync”, ambiguous seduction and gender identification. The enigmatic and hilarious Soli Philander will delve into his own wardrobe to reveal the rich tapestry of the sometimes outrageous characters from way back when.

Top class, drag divas Vida Fantabisher, ‘SA’s Got Talent’ 2016 runner-up Manila von Teez, as well as Kat Gilardi, Tiara Skye Harwood and Angel Lalamore of gay cabaret 3D trio fame, will showcase present-day glory. Cape Town jazz supremo Camillo Lombard will maintain a strict tempo, while Basil Appollis will be stitches it all together and crack the designer whip as director.

* Tickets for the festival’s productions are available from Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.