Adelaide’s 2018 Fringe Ambassador Courtney Act takes us Under the Covers at The Box at this year’s Adelaide Fringe. You may know Courtney (and Shane) from the first season of Australian Idol in 2003, season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race or most recently winning Celebrity Big Brother UK.
If you fell in love with Courtney (like I did) when she was a runner up on season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race then you too were shimmying around in high heels, clicking your fingers and shouting “Yass kween!” at the television. Courtney Act gave Australia an identity in the global world of drag and did us proud when she wowed audiences with her lavish costumes, stage presence and singing talent.
Under the Covers doesn’t disappoint in delivering our favorite things about Courtney however, there is an added element to this performance in which we get to see a more personal side of Courtney.
As this is a brand-new show the chanteuse is debuting at Adelaide Fringe, Courtney pre-warned fans over social media that she was a little shaky and slightly under-prepared. However, slight slips, trips and wardrobe malfunctions, (which have become one of our favourite things about her!) just made the songstress more endearing.
We were fortunate enough to jump into bed with Courtney as she sang and danced around her bedroom (which was inflatable and filled with cardboard props but as Courtney said, “This is Fringe Festival not Cabaret Festival”). Despite the rough edges, this set invited an intimate look in to Courtney’s life and career. It was a slumber party full of pillow talk, political satire and, of course, dancing and singing to some all time favorite tunes.
Courtney’s Act covered iconic hits such as ‘Like a Virgin’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and a show stopping ‘I Will Always Love You’, which she performed in her own colorful stylings including reggae, country and even Disney versions (think Madonna meets Frozen).
Courtney included a few of her own originals such as ‘Body Parts’ celebrating (non-gender binary) sexuality and a parody version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ called ‘I’m Vegan’.
While the venue The Box was a little chilly the night I was there, Courtney was still able to warm up the room, and deliver a smart, funny (at times improvised) show! If you enjoy singing, dancing, cooking, elaborate costumes, making fun of Shannon Noll or taking shots at Ann Widdecombe then there’s something here for you.
While I would recommend this show to any fan of drag (and Ru’s Drag Race) Courtney’s show Under the Covers has plenty to offer for both her familiar and unfamiliar audiences.
Courtney is an excellent performer, a drag superstar and proud vegan – which means she has the face of an angel, the body of a goddess and the queefs of a corpse.
p.s. Happy Birthday Courtney!
By Daisy Sumersford