Annual drag show goes virtual

The AbFab Drag Show at the Artscape Theatre will take place virtually this year. The production formed part of the Theatre's Women's Month celebrations.
As a tribute to the LGBTIQ community as part of the Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival 2020, the annual hit show ABFAB DRAG, a free online production, in an abridged version, will be available via the Artscape website, from Friday August 21 until Monday August 24 at 8pm. 

Cape Town has a drag tradition that dates back to the 30s, especially in vibrant District Six. Today the pageants, the parties, the hair dressing salons and the drag queen shows still flourish across the City. However, it`s often hosted in underground clubs, catering to a select few who know where to find them. 

The Absolutely Fabulous Drag Show (ABFAB DRAG) endeavours to put the crème de la crème of drag centre stage.

With fine feathers preened, false eyelashes fluttering and sequins glittering, the fiercely feminine/masculine are gathering to celebrate the world of “lip sync”, ambiguous seduction and gender identification.

It features  drag divas Vida Fantabisher, SA’s Got Talent 2016 runner-up Manila von Teez, as well as Kat Gilardi, Jada- Kaye and Angel Lalamore of drag cabaret 3D fame. Nkosinathi Sangweni is the choreographer together with the Jazzart Dance Theatre.  Basil Appollis is the director.

Funded by the City of Cape Town the  Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival 2020 officially opened on Saturday August 1.  This Virtual Festival has a full programme of dance and theatre performances, panel discussions and podcasts.

All the shows and performances are accessible via the Artscape website,

Under the theme, “Freedom and Inclusivity for All Humanity”, this year’s festival shines a spotlight on South Africa’s continuing epidemic of gender-based violence.

Visit for more information, participating organisations and the full festival programme.