Tina Bikki Getting Ready To ‘Rumble’ With Aussie Performers At Drag Game Show


With the success of the monthly live game show Rumble at Heya Bar in Fortitude Valley, the event’s creator Joel Devereux is looking forward to the upcoming season of the show at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Wonderland Festival.

QNews Magazine asked Joel, exactly what is Rumble?

Rumble is a game show like no other! Two fringe artists, typically a drag queen and a burlesque performer pitted against each other over three rounds of antics,” the Brisbane photographer and producer explained.

“In round one the contenders perform their signature act and in round two, the crazy begins.

“It’s the bizarre challenge round – assembling flat-pack chairs without instructions, wig styling with stationary items or perhap banana surgery – re-assembling sliced bananas with sticky tape, glue and toothpicks.

“The winner of the second round chooses a song category, then each selects a song from that category and a ridiculous prop.

“They have 10 minutes to develop an act to perform in round 3. Between rounds, some of Brisbane’s best entertainers take to the stage.”

What can people expect to see at a Rumble performance?

“The aim of the Rumble game is ultimately fun,” Joel said.

Rumble at the Brisbane Powerhouse for the Wonderland Festival

“Everything is in jest and a safe space to try some new things out on stage. But this also allows for some strange – and entertaining – performances.

“We have had Lenore Noire perform No Doubt’s ‘Don’t Speak’ with sticky tape as a prop and tape her entire face together. Loved it.

“Kryptonite performed Avril Lavigne’s ‘I’m With You’ as a lost puppy with dog diapers as a prop. We are now convinced that is what that song is really about.

“We have no idea what’s in store for every show but we do know it’s going to be a wild ride. We have Tina Bikki as the host and her usually faithful stagehand Citrine Velvetine to wrangle it all together.”

In addition to obviously being a lot of fun, Rumble looks to be a visual feast – is the show informed by Joel’s work as a photographer?

“Yes actually! I’ve been moving into a more bright, fun, and silly territory as a photographer over the past few years, for example my #FOODP*RN photo series,” Joel said.

“I wanted to translate that into something I produce. I’ve been producing events in Brisbane for the past six years and I wanted to do something different for the city that united the burlesque and drag scenes that had previously been kept quite separate, in a fun relaxed environment.”

Rumble is coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse next month as part of the Wonderland Festival.

The event will run for four nights, from November 29 to December 2, with different contenders competing each night including local stars and interstate guests including Clara Cupcakes, Ruby Slippers, Egson Ham, Rosie Rivette and Art Simone.

For details and tickets to Rumble, visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website.

(Photos by Joel Devereux)

Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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