The Big D

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Images by Daniel Sutton and Adam Sparnon

Experience the hilarious, heartfelt and raw tale of Drag, Drinking and Determination

A first-person adventure that will take you through a side-splitting (and dare we say awkward?!) exposé of the sequin and alcohol-fuelled world of drag.

You will meet and hear from both sides of life as a Drag performer. How does a drag queen remain relevant in a world of reality TV and RuPaul? What toll does being a drag queen have on the person underneath all the makeup, wonder and wigs?

You will have these questions and many more answered in the exposé of mayhem. Abril LaTrene, the self-proclaimed Campest Queen on the scene, will provide insight into a world built on an economy of ego, alcohol and applause.

Then like a true Gemini, you will meet Shaun, the 37-year-old "person behind the mask" who dives into the demons that almost destroyed both Abril and them.

Each night the show is supported by a selection of Australia's premier performance artists, with a different act showcased each evening. The Big D is a stand-up comedy, cabaret, come drag show based on lived experiences of inner turmoil & addiction, not for the faint of heart.

This show originating from Melbourne and first premiered in Melbourne fringe 2022 is written and starring Abril LaTrene and Shaun Birtles.

You've seen drag queens and heard their stories on TV; now come and see the real thing! The Big D plays in the Bluestone Church Arts Space for three nights only. The Big D, the most Real, Raw & Ridiculous show of the Midsumma Festival!


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Wheelchair Access
Vision Rating less than 50%

Dates & Times

WHEN 1-3 Feb | Wed-Fri 7pm


FULL $23.00
CONC $17.00
COMPANION FREE - please email [email protected] to arrange


Bluestone Church Arts Space

8A Hyde St, Footscray

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Any western line to Footscray


82 to stop 64

Event notes


Coarse language, Reference to drug use, Suicide references

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