Friday 2nd July, 7.30pm (cabaret) and Saturday 3rd July, 2pm (panel discussion)


Cabaret $15 / Panel discussion $10. Both and pay only $20. Audiences are encouraged to attend both events to have the full ‘After the Glitz and Glam’ experience. To access a booking discount for both events, please contact Kristy Griffin at Tuggeranong Arts Centre on (02) 6293 1443


After the Glitz and Glam explores the intersection of two worlds, as experienced by some of Australia’s finest First Nations Drag performers: the glorified “Glitz and Glam” of life on stage versus what happens after the make-up comes off… Experience the delights of cabaret, then join the cast for an intimate discussion as they unpack the ‘other side’ of life for some of Australia’s finest First Nations Drag performers.

What happens after the curtain closes, the lights go down, and the make-up comes off?

The Cabaret

Friday 2nd July, 7.30pm, Hunting Lodge, Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Tickles $15 and available via Trybooking.

Hosted by Canberra’s very own MadB, this fabulous line-up features Sydney’s Miss Josie and Chel Torres and Hobart-based Anna’Mal Tuckerbox, this will be a cabaret show like no other! Oozing with naughtiness, comedy and plenty of razzle dazzle, After the Glitz and Glam on will be an unforgettable night of entertainment celebrating some of Australia’s finest emerging talent.

The Panel Discussion

Saturday 3rd July, 2pm Hunting Lodge, Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Tickles $10 and available via Trybooking.

After the Glitz and Glam cabaret cast shed their drag persona for an intimate discussion exploring the intersection of these two worlds… Join the panel as they explore, what happens after the curtain closes, the lights go down, and the make-up comes off? Is visibility enough, or is there more work to be done?  What does it mean to be queer in a First Nations cultural context? The panel discussion will reveal ongoing challenges faced by members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIA+ communities around gender, sexuality, culture, racism, homophobia, and transphobia.

About the Artists:

Joseph Cardona / Josie Baker 

Joseph Cardona aka Josie Baker is a Gurindji, Malak Malak performer born in Darwin. Josie first started drag in 2004 and in 2017 she won the nationwide competition Miss First Nations in 2017. Josie has graced the stage and screen being in productions such as Chicago, Dreamgirls and is in Australian Films such as All about Eve, Spear and Black Divaz. 

Josie has performed at the world-famous Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London and on international stages in Greece and Bali.   

Michael Williams / Anna’Mal Tuckerbox 

A quick wit, bold colours and always a little too extra, Anna’Mal TuckerBox is the only First Nation Queen from the tiny Apple isle of Tassie who is stomping her heels across Australia. After taking home the People’s Choice at Miss First Nation’s 2019 she has been travelling Australia introducing her drag to people one town at a time. When she’s not performing, she is the content creator for Black Dynasty Australia – a platform celebrating indigenous drag. 

Tucker is the tassie Queen with lots of heart and the mouth of a trucker. 

Shawnah Cady / MadB 

They’re non-binary and a multi-faceted performer and artist from creative arts and writing to Drag!   With work featuring in numerous national festivals and shows including accomplishing a few firsts including Canberra’s first fully POC show ever and a contributing writer and performer in Lost in Transit!  They’re a parental unit to four biological children and a many many many drag children! Whether they be drag or just gender diverse and seeking a mama figure to help along the way! Presenting Mama MadB! 

Bana Hankin / Chel Torres 

Bana is a Sydney-based artist performing as Chel Torres. Chel Torres has featured at Koori Gras, Queer Nu Werk – Performance Space, Queerbourhood The Bearded Tit, Heaps Gay, The Spellbound Show, Naughty Noodle Fun Haus, First Nations Rainbow and The Oyster Club. Bana is a graduate of the Eora Centre for Visual and Performing Arts Theatre Performance Program. Since 2011, Bana has been doing cabaret style performance focussing on stage and movement through space. Some of his pieces include spoken word elements to enhance his stage performance.  

“If I could at least inspire one person, then I did my job” 

Bana Hankin

Project partners

After the Glitz and Glam is a collaboration with the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI+ Network.

The project has been made possible with the assistance of:Spring Out Canberra, A Capital of Equality Grant and the Regional Arts Fund.


The Hunting Lodge

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
137 Reed Street, Greenway ACT