It hasn’t even been a year since we first discovered RuPaul’s Drag Race (so this is what it feels like to be a late bloomer, huh?) and as any hardened fan would expect, we developed an instant addiction.
Season six of the show was one of our favourites, and among the many gorgeous Queens who took part was the utterly stunning and surprisingly talented Courtney Act, of Australian Idol fame.
Often when one of Ru’s gruuurrrls is that fishy, good looks is what they do…and that’s it. But not Courtney. She can dance, she can sing, and she can sass, leaving hoards of sexually confused men in her wake as she goes.
Needless to say, we loved Courtney Act right from the start, so you can imagine the squeal marathon that erupted at Civil Disobedience HQ when we were contacted by her manager earlier this year and asked to help bring her show, The Girl from Oz, to the Edinburgh Fringe.
We’re still a bit dazed and star struck, if truth be told. But more than anything, we’re excited to the point of vibrating for the opportunity to work with Courtney. We’re rearing to go, so let’s get this party started!
About the show
In The Girl from Oz, Courtney takes us over the rainbow and down under in a cabaret-style comedy and live tunes extravaganza, full of hits and high notes.
See The Girl from Oz in Edinburgh
Edinburgh, 13-27 August 2017, 6pm (7pm), Underbelly’s Circus Hub | The Beauty
Tickets for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe run of The Girl from Oz are on sale RIGHT NOW *faints* and if you hurry, you may be able to get your hands on half price tickets (at an incredibly low £7.80 incl. booking fee) for the first two shows.
Catch Courtney in London
If you’re not in our neck of the woods in August, The Girl from Oz will be making a few pit stops around the UK in the run up to the Edinburgh run, including two Fringe preview gigs at the Underbelly Festival, Southbank, on the 9th and 11th of August.
A bit about Courtney Act
Courtney started her ascent to stardom in 2003, as the world’s first openly queer and gender diverse contests on a talent reality show.
When Sydney boy Shane Jenek auditioned for the first season of Australian Idol and failed to get through to the live shows, he didn’t give up. He decided to bend the rules, and his gender, returning the next day as Courtney Act, only to make it all the way to the semi-finals. Courtney was subsequently signed to Sony/BMG, and went on a national arena tour with her fellow Idols.
Growing up in Australia, Courtney now lives in Los Angeles and has spent the last few years touring North America, Europe, Brazil, Australia, and Asia, after making it to the top three on season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Find our more at courtneyact.com.
‘Coy, funny, sexy, classy, and thoroughly upbeat… Courtney is something fresh and inspiring.’ Manhattan Digest
‘Her beauty doesn’t overshadow her talent — she can seriously hold a tune. With Broadway pipes and a mean falsetto’ Provincetown Banner