Nursing Home Drag Queens Putting A Smile On Your Gran’s Face
You might think visiting your grandparents at the nursing home sounds like a drag… and you’d be right.
One Perth aged care facility has introduced drag show performances to brighten the days of their residents.
Far from their natural habitat of Perth's gay clubs and bars, a troupe of queens this week performed at Maurice Zeffert, an aged care facility in Dianella, in Perth’s north.
Organiser Suzie Klemens, whose mother is in the facility, said the queens first performed in May, and were met with lots of positive feedback from residents.
“It doesn’t matter your age… we all deserve to have fun and feel joy,” she told 10 News First.
“I thought 'what could be more vibrant than beautiful, talented drag queens?'... and having been so well-received in May, we are over the moon to have them back.”
Despite many of the residents not having an exposure to drag in the past, Klemens said the queens are great at interacting with their audience and breaking down cultural barriers through their performances.
Although the audience is slightly older than they're used to, the queens tailor their music to keep everyone happy.
“We try to tailor the music… because if we have Kylie (Minogue) or Lady Gaga they might not really know them,” performer Barbie-Q said.
There is one exception though… Cher.
“Cher is multi-generational - no matter how old you are Cher has always been there so I think it’s a good umbrella for this sort of thing,” performer Delvira said.
The performances, done voluntarily by the girls, started with three and have now grown to nine queens, who have just as much fun as their audience.
“Everyone that’s here, wants to be here. We’re not in it for a paycheck... because there isn’t one – we're just here to spread the love," Barbie-Q said.