Ru Paul’s Drag Race enthusiasts living in Cape Town and Johannesburg are in for a treat this year. A collaboration between two popular gay venues in the two cities will be bringing a cavalcade of Drag Artistes who have appeared on the popular reality TV show to South Africa every month of this year
Kicking off the tour is the fabulous Dusty Ray Bottoms who made his name on Season 10 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
Dusty Ray Bottoms was born Justin Rayburn in Louisville, Kentucky, where he popped out of his mama and onto the stage. He spent his childhood performing in community theatre, concentrated in theatre at Floyd Central High School, and ultimately attended Wright State University for Musical Theatre. After college, Justin packed up a suitcase with just a few bucks in his pocket, and set out on the yellow brick road for New York City!
Having spent years admiring the pageantry of Kentucky drag, Justin was instantly taken with the out-of-the-box drag he found in NYC. The son of a preacher man, with musical theatre training and a punk rock soul, Justin’s unique point of view and style of story-telling had finally found a home. And thus, Dusty Ray Bottoms was born!
Dusty soon grabbed the attention of New York City’s club kids with show-stopping performances in competitions such as The Miss Look Queen Pageant hosted by Bob the Drag Queen and So You Think You Can Drag? NEXT Magazine featured Dusty on its “Who’s Next” page and described him as “the kind of performer who just might have what it takes to rival major drag talents like RuPaul and Bianca Del Rio.” With weekly cabaret shows, Dusty achieved the dream of being a professional performer in NYC. Her signature wiggle and unparalleled aesthetic has solidified Dusty as a staple in NYC nightlife. Over the next four years, Dusty would go on to star in music videos, an international MAC Cosmetics ad campaign (the first drag queen to model for them since RuPaul), and several original theatrical productions – including a play inspired by Dusty herself!
Now local fans can see the drag star in the flesh. In Cape Town, Dusty will be joined on stage by one of the city’s up and coming drag performers Issey Shooki Miyake, as well as SA’s Got Talent Runner Up Manila von Teez.
Dusty will be following in the footsteps of some other fabulous Ru Paul’s Drag Race alumni who have graced South African stages. Bianca del Rio performed her controversial stand-up comedy show here in August. Jujubee, Latrice Royale and Shangela have co-hosted the Miss Gay Western Cape Pageant, whilst Derek Barry has performed at MCQP. The good news is that Dusty is definitely not be the last Drag Race star to visit in 2019.
Friday, 18th January 2019. Doors Open at 8.00pm
Babylon the Jo’burg Bar – Illovo Muse Centre, 198 Oxford Rd.
R150.00 booked in advance through: https://babylonthejoburgbar.nutickets.co.za/11591?fbclid=IwAR3EpRpu8r_iszB6dWbU8BLT-9yVcpSfN3YpLGGkC80bFdovWK1L_bS-le0
R200.00 at the door. 600 tickets available.
There will be a Meet and greet after the performance.
Saturday 19th January 2019
Zer021 Social Club, Canterbury Rd, District 6
Tickets are on pre-sale through Computicket at R130 and will be on sale at the door for R180. Only 250 Tickets will be sold. Doors Open at 8pm and the show will begin at 10pm.
The Dusty Ray Bottoms is coming to South Africa as a result of a collaboration between S & S Productions, MVT Productions, Babylon the Jo’burg Bar, and Zer021 Social Club. S & S is a brand new production company focussing on queer events and bringing queer entertainers to South Africa. Watch this space for details of other Ru Paul’s Drag Race stars performing in South Africa during 2019.