The chic freaks from underground performance collective Glitter Militia will take over the Red Rattler on Saturday, March 5 for Monsta Gras, an unusual queer alternative to the Mardi Gras party.

Justin Shoulder, whose performance work involves becoming full-body-costumed “fantastic creatures who tell stories through dance and spectacle,” told the Star Observer the evening would be a costume ball with a difference.

“Expect comedy, horror, glamour, sex — in no particular order,” he promised. “We have wild monsta go-go dancers whipping their hair for you as well.”

Shoulder will bring to life his fantastic creatures alongside performances from fellow Glitter Militia members Matthew Stegh, Glitta Supernova, Jen Moore, Mat Hornby, Regrette Etcetera and more. DJs Stephen Allkins and Charlie Villas will provide the tunes.

“Essentially it’s a party that allows people to interact in a performative way through costume and dancing in an immersive environment,” Shoulder said.

It seems that beneath their colourful and sometimes grotesque costumes, the members of GlitterMilitia have a deeper message about liberation through performance.

“[We] seek to liberate with the anarchy of comedy, parody and satire, enlighten through the power of storytelling and galvanise with the magic of illusion and spectacle.”

info: Monsta Gras, 9pm March 5, Red Rattler. $20/25 entry.

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