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FRINGEWORLD 2023 | Dean Misdale – Life’s A Drag! | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

It’s time to celebrate good times with Dean Misdale in their show Life’s A Drag! This is all about Misdale’s drag journey and career highlights. They reminisce about beloved family members, the early days as a baby dj in drag, and realising their identity all in a flurry of sparkly costumes and fabulous songs. The show is more sober and reflective but more powerful than its previous iterations. Misdale shows strength and maturity as they essentially sing their way through a memoir all about drag. Every song choice is perfect, even the one song that they laid down in a studio about 20 years ago – it’s such an ’00s bop, I would have totally danced the hell out of that back in the day! Misdale is a great performer – we know this, and they know it too – with little humility they always knew they would be a star. There’s gentle ribbing as they admit to gaining fame by being dragged onstage at an Adele concert – footage included. I love Misdale’s cheeky grin and how they bite their lower lip as if to indicate scandal – especially saying some cheeky things like how they lost weight first!

Reflecting upon and holding up their beloved grandmother is a special moment, and the constant refrain that their Dad is their number one fan shows a side of Misdale I haven’t seen before – the one where they realise they stand on the shoulders of giants. Their beautiful tribute to the one and only Tea Girl is stunning and with just the right amount of heart to make you tear up. There are jibes about their own start in drag which is a fascinating insight into the scene and also how fame has changed them – or not it would seem. Misdale was always destined for greatness but something they have come to realise is that nothing is greater than recognising your true identity and embracing it. Their stripped back rendition of ‘Not a Girl’ by Britney is simply perfect and they will get you on your feet in their signature version of ‘Celebration’ – which I think we should all petition for Misdale to record. Watch this space, because Dean Misdale is proving why they are Perth’s number one!

You can celebrate along with Dean at the Perth Cultural Centre until 19th February 2023. TICKETS

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The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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