Two of the biggest stars of Drag Race Down Under have launched their first national tour.
Fresh out of lockdown Art Simone and Etcetera Etcetera have announced their 2022 tour.
The tour will focus on visiting not just major cities, but also plenty of regional stops along the way.
“As seen on TV” is not just about Drag Race
Art Simone and Etcetera Etcetera certainly made their mark on Drag Race Down Under in 2021.
After returning from the show the queens faced an anxious wait to return to performing as COVID-19 restrictions continued to wreak havoc on the entertainment industry.
Finally after nearly 12 months of lockdowns and interruptions, these two feisty queens have been unleashed upon the country again.
To celebrate, they are kicking off their national tour, As Seen on TV.
Ahead of the announcement, they sat down to chat about what we can expect from their 2022 national tour.
“We really just want to bring drag to places where they don’t normally get the exposure of drag and see what happens,” said Etcetera Etcetera.
The first announcement of dates already features twenty different locations, with more to come.
“We want to make sure we take our show to every single place and we get to create safe inclusive spaces for people to come and see us in drag,” reflects Art Simone.
“We have such similar ideas about what’s special about drag.”
With plenty of time to formulate a post Drag Race plan, Art and Etcetera were able to reflect on their collaboration.
“We just have very similar ideas about drag and we love pushing drag to its limits and doing stuff that’s really visually exciting,” says Etcetera.
“For both of us we’re people that in our community we book shows we run shows, we host venues, we travel.”
“We like to bring drag to everyone, out of the clubs onto TV, onto radio and into different spaces. Because of that passion, I think naturally when we were talking post-show we thought that naturally, we would be a really good fit to go on tour and to share all this stuff with the world. Making the tour has just been such a natural experience because we have such similar ideas about what’s special about drag.”
For both of these talented queens, their tour is about inclusivity and reaching out to regional communities, something Art Simone is equally passionate about.
“I think we have a very similar motive and mission of our drag stories and drag journeys as well and that’s why it was a no brainer for us when we decided we wanted to go to regional, we want to go to every single place we can.”
“We don’t just want to put a tour on and do like five stops along the east coast, that’s not inclusive enough for the whole country. There are so many different people that have been missing out for years and years and years on the joy that is drag, in person.”
Backstage Beauty School: Bringing Drag Race to you
There is plenty that is different and original about this tour.
It’s not only the locations but also the experience the queens will be providing.
Complimenting the performances Art and Etcetera will also be hosting their very own Backstage Beauty School.
The beauty school will be an opportunity to learn makeup tips and tricks from the queens in a unique setting.
“It’s where we’re doing really intimate drag makeup workshops, drag 101 with both of us,” says Art.
“We’ve partnered with Nyx Professional Make-Up who are helping provide fabulous goodie bags for our attendees. So they can not only learn some skills and tips and tricks but they can also take away some products that they may not always feel comfortable to access or purchase or can’t get their hands on.”
This part of the tour is something very personal to Etcetera as it’s not just about makeup for drag, but about reaching out to the community.
“I think the makeup workshop gives us more of a chance to meet our fans that love our work and really sit down with them and talk them through what we love about drag.”
“It’s really important for me as a trans person being able to to these regional areas and talking to maybe other trans people who want to learn tips about make up or ask questions about ways to feel more comfortable in their skin or to express themselves.”
“For me, I know that my exposure to those kind of experiences helped support me when I was a young person and gave me the strength to be who I wanted to be. So I think it’s really important for me to go to these places.”
To get your tickets to As Seen on TV head to www.asseenontvtour.com
You can watch the full interview with Art Simone and Etcetera Etcetera about their As Seen on TV your below.
See below for the full list of tour dates.
For tickets head to www.asseenontvtour.com
As Seen on TV
May 27th – Launceston, TAS – Earl Arts Centre
June 1st – Bendigo, VIC- Piano Bar Bendigo
June 2nd – Geelong, VIC – Piano Bar Geelong
June 7th – Ballarat, VIC – Piano Bar Ballarat
June 9th – Colac, VIC – Piano Bar Colac
June 15th – Newcastle, NSW – Newcastle Playhouse
June 16th – Wollongong, NSW – IPAC Wollongong
June 17th – Sydney, NSW – Universal
June 24th – Cairns, QLD – Cazalys
June 29th – Port Macquarie, NSW – Glasshouse
July 1st – Hobart, TAS – The Grand Poobah
July 3rd – Hamilton, VIC – Hamilton PAC
July 7th – Albury, NSW – Albury Entertainment Centre
July 8th – Canberra, ACT – The Playhouse
July 9th – Melbourne, VIC – Chapel off Chapel
July 13th – Brisbane, QLD – The Tivoli
July 14th – Alice Springs, NT – Araluen Arts Centre
July 15th – Adelaide, SA – Mary’s Poppin
July 18th – Perth, WA – Theatre Royale
Backstage Beauty School (venues TBC soon)
June 15th – Newcastle, NSW
June 16th – Wollongong, NSW
June 17th – Sydney, NSW
June 24th – Cairns, QLD
June 29th – Port Macquarie, NSW
July 1st – Hobart, TAS
July 3rd – Hamilton, VIC
July 7th – Albury, NSW
July 8th – Canberra, ACT
July 13th – Brisbane, QLD
July 14th – Alice Springs, NT
July 15th – Adelaide, SA
July 16th – Perth, WA
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