Nexus Theatre, Fri 20 Nov.
Now that Conchita Wurst has left the state it is time for other drag queens to stand-up and be noticed. Leading the way is Pollyfilla presenting a wonderfully camp and energetic parody of the early 20th Century housewife. Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Pollyfilla (aka Colin McLean) has performed Kitsch In Synch throughout New Zealand and Australia, which ensured a polished performance tonight for the 2015 Adelaide Feast Festival.
The entire show is lip-synced to audio excerpts from singers and actresses such as Shirley Bassey, Liza Minnelli, Joyce Grenfell and spoken recordings of newsreels, commercials and radio interviews from a wide range of famous females in the past 100 years. All of the songs, voices and sound effects have been compiled together brilliantly.
Pollyfilla encompassed the deranged domestic housewife perfectly. She looked fantastic, with a modern twist on traditional dresses, big hair and flawless drag make-up. The bright pink set enhanced the satire with Tupperware for Pollyfilla to bake a cake and cleaning products to keep her house spotless.
For those with a keen interest in drag, this is a show not to be missed, but for everyone else, Kitsch In Synch may get monotonous as it is a one drag queen lip-syncing for sixty minutes. Keeping the audience engaged tonight were moments like the telephone sketch and Love Your Vagina song.
Overall, Pollyfilla delivers an entertaining eccentric parody of past traditional roles of women.