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A Sanctimonious Celebration of Drag and S&M


Fri 11 Mar 2016, 8:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 12 Mar 2016, 8:30pm–10:00pm

Where: The New Edinburgh Folk Club, 50 Dundas street, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $15.38 ($15.00 + $0.38 fees)
  • Concession: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

Listed by: Dunedin Fringe

Sacrilege (Noun): The violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred. Synonyms: desecration, profanity, blasphemy, sin.
Sacrilege presents: The sanctimonious celebration of drag and S&M has been conceived as an ongoing, narrative drag cabaret, centred on the lives and backstage dramas of its performers. A multi-disciplinary experience that pushes the boundaries of what gender, sensuality, and attraction are, creating a performance that challenges what cabaret can, and will, be.

Think 'The Muppets', but with more rope. Sacrilege, as a production company and as stand-alone performance, seeks to create work that provokes and captivates the audience while simultaneously providing space so showcase Dunedin queer and BDSM performance. Shows presented by Sacrilege seek to demonstrate the arts of burlesque, strip, vocal and dance work, and circus arts. Each show is unique, with every night exploring the grey area between seductive and inappropriate. The cabaret style gives ample opportunity for showcasing new artists and experimental acts that are otherwise overlooked, all bookmarked within a narrative foundation that allows for long-term character arcs.
Each instalment from Sacrilege develops on from the show before, often focusing on particular characters and relationships. These developments focus on the well-known Dunedin cabaret personalities such as glamorous street-walker Joanna Laheaux, the wealthy but terribly innocent Mr S.Treighton Arrow II, sexual healer by day/ part time gimp by night Dr. Richard B. Hayve, and the interstellar, socially confused Lola Glitterous.
Personalities in their own right, together they form the whole grain granola of a well-balanced kink and fetish diet. May contain nuts.
Each show explores the backstory of the cast’s dynamic as a show and as a sexually charged family. The collective seek to answer questions such as “who is Joanna?”, “Why is there a hairy man in a horse head?”, and “Is that an alien reciting poetry on stage?”.

Be confused. Be aroused. Get an education in the rhinestone and spike-covered classroom that is Sacrilege. Bring a towel.

Nudity, Coarse Language, Adult Themes.

Fringe tags; cabaret, theatre, performance.

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