Interview: Brisbane burlesque star Trigger Happy talks all things Shreklesque

Interview originally published by The AU Review on 31/04/21

You might know him from America’s Got Talent, but burlesque performer Trigger Happy has added another string to his already well-strung bow in the form of Shreklesque. Yep, you read that correctly. Shreklesque.

Blending burlesque, drag, and everyone’s favourite orgre, Shreklesque has been entertaining sold out audiences since its first outing at Perth Fringe last year.

Trigger himself also has quite the resume. As well as stints closer to home at the likes of Brisbane Festival, the Australian Burlesque Festival and the New Zealand Burlesque Festival, he’s also travelled further afield, to the Vienna Boylesque Festival and New York Nerdlesque Festival. And, of course, there was his Golden Buzzer moment on AGT.

His goal? To wow audiences, push boundaries and show that every body is a burlesque body!

With upcoming dates at Brisbane’s Tivoli and Sydney’s Enmore Theatre selling fast, it’s an exciting time for Trigger, as creator, director and leading ogre. We were lucky enough to grab five minutes with him to talk all things Shreklesque – but first, in true burlesque style, let us tease you a little with the show’s trailer…

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Interview: Sarah Marriott gives us the lowdown on Lounge Room Sessions

Interview originally published by The AU Review on 08/04/20

With venues across the country closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, performers are looking to digital platforms to share their creativity. Enter Sarah Marriott and an exciting new project, dubbed Lounge Room Sessions.

With more than 2,000 tuning into the first event last weekend, Lounge Room Sessions are already off to a flying start. Fronted by Brisbane drag queen Bebe Gunn (pictured above), the Sessions promise a wealth of entertainment, all enjoyed from the comfort of your own sofa.

We sat down with Sarah to chat a little about the show, and what we can expect from the next event this coming Saturday!

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Anywhere Festival 2019: Recap #1

May is always a busy month for me. Anywhere Festival takes over Brisbane for a couple of weeks and this reviewer goes wherever the am-dram takes her.

And, as I’ve devoted Fridays to movies, TV, theatre, and the arts in general, I thought I’d share links to my first two Anywhere Festival related pieces.

I’ll have reviews in the coming weeks but, for now, here’s a couple of interviews I did with Anywhere Festival performers – you’ll find links in the titles!

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