King Victoria drag kings are looking for a new home after a reshuffle of The Glasshouse line-up has left them without a weekly venue.
The sudden decision has forced King Victoria promoter Bumpy to look for a new stage for the weekly cabaret which celebrated its ninth birthday last Friday.
The show is the only regular drag king event in Melbourne and is said to be one of the few in the world running weekly.
Bumpy said the move does not signal the end for the drag kings. She said the show will continue on a weekly basis after the performers take a break over the next month.
-œWe usually have a winter break. It gets cold and people don’t go out, or they leave [venues] early, Bumpy told Southern Star.
-œSo we will use it as a chance to find a bigger stage as The Glasshouse space was really too small.
Bumpy said the move was sudden and she was unsure of the reasons behind the decision.
-œWe get over 120 people to the shows each week, so I think we’re paying our own way, she said.
-œIt’s for the community. It’s more a weekly arts event for queer arts, drag kings and performers, so it would be a shame if it was just financial.
Glasshouse management said they were still great supporters of the drag kings, however, they decided to reshuffle the Friday line-up to keep things fresh.
In King Victoria’s place, popular Saturday queer night Gay Shame will move to Friday nights, starting July 3 and Tuff Muff will make a return on the second Friday in July.