Billed as a “protest party” against restrictive beauty ideals and the commodification of queer culture, Fuck Fabulous is a variety show centred on real representation. This is about revelling in genderqueer and celebrating femme identity in diverse bodies.
The range of Australian talent assembled includes circus stars (Jess Love, Seth Sladen, Dale Woodbridge-Brown), performance artists (Nicci Wilks, drag king Koko Ma$$ and Gabi Barton), and dancers and musicians (Glitter & Snatch, musical director Bec Matthews). Fuck Fabulous just wrapped up a stint at Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and is finally debuting at Arts Centre Melbourne this April following its cancellation last year due to COVID.
The show is hosted by Yana Alana, a queer cabaret veteran who recently toured a best-of show called Yana Alana’s Greatest Tits. Yana is the outsized persona of Helpmann Award-winning actor/writer Sarah Ward, also the show’s artistic director. She previously co-created hip-hop cabaret act Sista She, which toured comedy festivals around the world, and last year gave us her multimedia epic The Legend of Queen Kong.
A self-proclaimed “collective re-imagining of what it means to be queer and fabulous”, Fuck Fabulous is a gloriously loud celebration of everyone who doesn’t fit the restrictive ideals of straight or queer culture. Expect lots of laughs, songs, dance, acrobatics, circus tricks and surprises.
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