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Buskers Fest Review: Crossdresser for Christ – The Musical, A Drag Queen Confessional

Image: Austin Young

After 55 minutes in the Church of Minj I’m not so much losing my religion as looking to convert.

Right from her delayed entrance, the pint-sized drag super star, backwoods bedazzled Barbie, self-confessed glamour toad and Ru Paul's Drag Race alumni (and fan favourite) Ginger Minj has us simultaneously seeing the light while bracing for rapture with her fiery Southern baptism, entrancing us all with her big (ok, enormous) hair, big personality, and even bigger heart.

Delivering a holy trinity in Christ’s College, Christchurch, Crossdresser for Christ tells the hilarious, heartfelt and often moving tale of how a young “chubby little lady-boy” from small-town Florida grew tired of having “hell and damnation lovingly crammed down her throat” and went off in search to find herself in the big city. Intimate asides and a pitch-perfectly delivered soundtrack mine a catalogue of trail-blazing women from Annie Oakley through to Gloria Gaynor and Hedwig (of "and the Angry Inch" fame).

Intersecting somewhere between the glamour of Delta Burke, the razor-sharp comedic wit of Carol Burnett, the diva pipes of Tammy Faye Bakker and the campy trash of Divine, Minj’s “relig-ish” experience makes for essential viewing at this year’s World Buskers Festival.

Crossdresser for Christ – The Musical, A Drag Queen Confessional
Buskers Boutique Theatre at Christ's College
Nightly at 9:15pm Until to Jan 27
www.worldbuskersfestival.com

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