The Star Gold Coast’s Atrium Bar To Host Ultimate Drag Extravaganza, Thursday’s A Drag

March 1, 2023

Lights, glitter, and death-drops to land on the Gold Coast each fortnight for limited-time only drag shows

From 9 March to 20 April, The Star Gold Coast’s Atrium Bar will host its first drag extravaganza– Thursday’s A Drag – a line-up of fierce shows from local and national drag stars, including RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under alum Karen From Finance, Molly Poppinz, Spankie Jackzon and Maxi Shield alongside superstar MC and Queenslander drag legend, Beverly Kills.

For four nights only, the ladies will own the stage for an evening of jaw-dropping fashion, iconic lip-syncs, and sickening performances, followed by performances from local talent as the cherries on top of the high-energy show.

Drag darling and host of this glamourous event, Beverly Kills, says the phrase Thursday’s A Drag will have a whole new meaning, with the show promising a packed evening of entertainment, hilarity, and fun.

“Sure, you’ve seen performers play with whips and fire, but have you seen a 6’5″ drag queen swallow fire while wearing two wigs, six metric tonnes of cosmetics, and a fully rhinestone catsuit to the tune of Kylie Minogue? No, you haven’t, and I bet my wig it can get crazier if you dare us!” Beverly said.

“The show is made to be fun for the audience. Dancing and singing are beyond encouraged, and I know every single guest at the Atrium Bar will leave with the biggest smile they’ve had.”

Joining Beverly as a debut headliner for the first event only on Thursday 9 March is Australia’s favourite corporate queen, Karen From Finance, who promises a highly aesthetic and engaging show.

“Everyone knows that Karen always brings the campery. HIGH campery! We’ll all be laughing together, singing along together, and getting SUPER silly!” Karen said.

“For years I’ve been touring nightclubs with short five-minute acts – and I’ve had a blast. Having toured my full hour one-woman show however, has given me an incredible opportunity to deep dive into my character and opened up so many doors for me to deepen both my understanding and celebration of Karen From Finance, as well as the audiences”.

Beverly is thrilled to be bringing drag to the Gold Coast and says it will be an invaluable opportunity to cement its place in the spotlight.

“What I’m most excited for is to bring drag to a really glamorous location. Drag historically is underground and on the fringe of what people see as ‘normal’. However, recent years has seen drag performance and the queer arts pushed into the mainstream – making it more accessible and positioned on a platform I think it deserves,” Beverly said.

With a complimentary Belvedere cocktail on arrival and delicious eats to order throughout, the ticketed event will see Atrium Bar transform into a boisterous and glitter-filled setting for guests to come ready to slay each fortnight on a Thursday, with the last show on 20 April 2023.

The limited time only event expects each night to fill up quick and interested attendees are encouraged to secure their tickets now for $25, including booking fees.

T&Cs: Terms & Conditions: Subject to change and cancellation. Guests must be 18 years of over to enter Atrium Bar and the Casino. The Star practises the responsible service of alcohol. BET WITH YOUR HEAD, NOT OVER IT

Thursday’s A Drag Line-Up:

Headliner: Karen From Finance

Host: Beverly Kills

Local Talent: Natasha St James and Dixie Wrecked

Date: 9 March 2023 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Headliner: Maxi Shield

Host: Beverly Kills

Local Talent: Shu Shu Funtanna and Scarlett Fever

Date: 23 March 2023 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Headliner: Molly Poppinz

Host: Beverly Kills

Local Talent: Natasha St James and Dixie Wrecked

Date: 6 April 2023 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Headliner: Spankie Jackzon

Host: Beverly Kills

Local Talent: Shu Shu Funtanna and Scarlett Fever

Date: 20 April 2023 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm

The Star Gold Coast’s Thursdays A Drag

Atrium Bar, The Star Gold Coast

1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach QLD 4218

For more information or to secure attendance, please contact:

Kate Healy

0449 954 748

Simona Varga

0422 597 506

About Beverly Kills – Host & MC

Beverly Kills is one of Brisbane’s drag darlings, mixing her skills of sideshow and burlesque with high energy, sparkly drag. Her career across Brisbane’s biggest stages over the past three and a half years has made her a staple member of the Australian drag puzzle. Placing in the top 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Season 2, Beverly wraps up her drag experience in a big boisterous bow. A crossbreed of Evel Knievel, The Bride from Kill Bill and Princess Peach she’s ultimate whip crackin’, fire eatin’, jump splittin’, tail waggin’ drag queen. Bev is usually found at the Ann St 7/11 or the Kebab Shop that plays music really loudly.

About Karen From Finance | On stage on 9 March 2023

Karen From Finance is the premiere ‘corporate’ queen of Melbourne, Australia. She lives alone with her budgie ‘Dantè’ and enjoys tax time, office-based bonding activities, and invoice archiving. Karen From Finance placed as one of the top 4 finalists in season one of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under which took to international airways in May 2021. Karen recently completed a three-year international tour of her award-winning debut solo comedy ‘Out

Of Office’ as well as being cast in the touring version of the UK West-End smash hit ‘Death Drop’. After touring the world for many years, Karen is currently embarking on further international touring with her sophomore solo show ‘Doing Time’.

About Maxi Shield | On Stage on 23 March 2023

She’s once, twice, three-fifths a lady – even on heavy days! Maxi is Sydney’s Drag de jour. Flying in the face of the seven-foot-tall drag stereotype, this pocket rocket of a performer knows a high kick from a shimmy and gives great lip sync. “Slaying” the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, where she placed 5th and immediately became a fan favourite. Maxi had the world on their feet with her iconic “Absolutely Everybody” glittered microphone performance. From Entertainer of The Year to touring and performing with Madonna, is there anything this Sydney Legend can’t do! Like Madonna and Cher, Ms Shield is better known simply as Maxi. Up

close, probably more like Liberace than Cher.

About Molly Poppinz | On Stage on 6 April 2023

Molly Poppinz is a drag performer from Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW). After struggling to find confidence in her hometown, Molly moved to Canada where she became known as “The Thunder from Down Under” and was crowned “Fierce Queen” at Vancouver Pride in 2018. She later returned to Australia and started MISFITS, Newcastle’s only regular LGBTQIA+ event, to build a thriving drag community in the city. Molly also finished in the top 4 of season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under. In addition to performing, she also works as a Drag DJ, MC/host, and live rapper.

About Spankie Jackzon | On Stage on 20 April 2023

Spankie Jackzon is a performer from New Zealand who has captivated audiences throughout the country and in Australia. She is the current winner of season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, New Zealand’s TVNZ House of Drag season 2 and has appeared on X Factor Australia and Australian Idol. In addition to her singing and acting talents, Spankie is also a dancer and host. She has had multiple permanent club residencies in Melbourne and has hosted numerous events and dance parties. Spankie is also the official Live Roving Reporter and ambassador for the Wellington International Pride Parade, and the producer/host of Palmerston North City

Council’s regular Christmas shows. She is also currently a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race Downunder season

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