Confetti hit Wellington last night for one night (two shows) only, promising “fabulous campness and performance art”. We don’t really feel it delivered.
Technical difficulties plagued the 7pm show from the get-go, with the show’s hostess, Miss Ivy, awkwardly attempting — and failing — to hold the stage until things were sorted out with the sound system that didn’t seem to want to play. “Does anyone want to hear a joke?” she feebly asked the audience. She wasn’t really prepared for that, and her knock-knock jokes fell flat.
Then we were ‘treated’ to performances from Alyssa Fire, Gummy Sue, Magenta Cyan, Miss Ivy, a couple of queens from Auckland, Miss Drag Waikato 2009, Brother Sledge (a drag king) and Summer Salt, also from Hamilton.
Apart from glimmers of hope from obviously talented Magenta Cyan, and comedic performances from a queen who performed a Queen song, it didn’t seem like many of the cast had rehearsed, judging by their shoddy routines and failure to lip-sync the words of the songs. When lip-syncing is part of your ‘art’, you’d at least think the cast would have learnt their songs.
All of the queens broke a number of unwritten rules relating to drag performance art, namely constantly turning their backs to the audience, and walking around before and during the shows with their upcoming show outfits on — way to ruin the reveal.
A 15-minute break in the middle of the show turned into 35 minutes, as the very small crowd hung around bored — a couple left after the first half. The music in the background often had nothing to do with the obvious theme.
Gummy Sue spent a considerable amount of time organising this show, and we commend her for trying to make things happen in Wellington’s often lacking drag community. But we can’t help but feel she may have needed to try a lot harder, and perhaps even learn the lyrics to her number. Maybe she was just being ironic? If so, it was lost on us.
A member of the audience summed it up best: ‘These shows are just what I do every day when I dance in front of the mirror screaming to my iPod.’
We’re going to end this review with a few very important tips for the queens of Confetti that we hope they’ll consider:
- Don’t walk around before or during the show wearing show outfits that have yet to be revealed on stage;
- Find your light — if you can see bright lights on you, then the audience can see you. If you can’t, they can’t;
- Limit amounts of time when your back is to the audience, unless for specific effect;
- Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse — blunders can be avoided in thorough rehearsals;
- Learn the words to your song — lip-sync is your art!
- Don’t put your ass in an audience member’s face and insist: ‘You know you want it!’ Umm…
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- Boy dancer surprise hit
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