Drag performer Kaye Sera is closing her cabaret space in St Kilda after a series of problems with the building housing the venue.

The ‘BiZARRE’ has provided a space to both Sera and numerous other cabaret performers during the past 18 months, and was most recently a venue hub for the Midsumma Festival.

Sera’s alter ego, Daren Pope, told the Star Observer that problems such as roof leakage were impeding the business and that it was being investigated by the local council.

“If I felt I had the support of the agents and owners, I would probably pursue the location. Unfortunately, that’s not the case,” he said.

Pope believes it’s likely to be a number of months before the BiZARRE finds a new home.

“It’s looking like about August before anything is confirmed, I’ll be taking a bit of a break. There are a few options out of town too, which is a bit radical,” he said.

In the interim, Kaye Sera’s new show, Kaye’s Great Big Cabaret Adventure, will be performed at Hares & Hyenas bookshop along with the rest of the venue’s May line-up.

Only weeks ago, Pope received a Green Room Award for Contribution to Cabaret and held a fundraiser for the BiZARRE at Chapel Off Chapel.

“While the fundraiser was a great success, financially it’s a drop in the ocean for what is necessary to retrofit the current BiZARRE to full safety compliance,” he said.

info: For further details on the May program at Hares & Hyenas, visit www.kayesera.com

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