Rumble! at Wonderland Reviewed
Fran Gibson | On 04, Dec 2018
‘I’ve seen both their genitals!’ boasts Tina Bikki of Egson Ham and Rosie Rivette, tonight’s Rumble contenders.
‘Everyone’s seen my genitals!’ Rosie shoots back, re-arranging her red lace leotard to no avail.
With good reason Rumble, the live game show, is 18+.
Expertly hosted by Brisbane’s Queen of Camp, drag artist Tina Bikki – resplendent in sequins, tattoos, and candy floss hair – with theatrically put-upon Citrine Velvetine in the role of glamorous assistant, Rumble has relocated from its traditional home at Heya Bar in Fortitude Valley for Powerhouse’s Wonderland Festival.
The premise sees two fringe artists from the world of drag, cabaret, or burlesque ‘put through the wringer’ (to quote Miss Tina) in a head-to-head battle for the audience’s hearts and minds.
In the first round, contenders perform their own act. After that, it veers off-piste, off-script, and off-label. The winner is determined by audience decibel level.
Each show is unique, as contenders face freshly devised games – anything from a pedometer challenge to assembling flat pack furniture – and different artists participate. Non-competing members of the Rumble family get a look-in, providing the inter-round entertainment.
Which means tonight, not only does the rowdy crowd get to enjoy Egson Ham’s stripping and Rosie Rivette’s 80s receptionist cutting loose at the office Christmas party, but also Natasha St James as a gothic hybrid of Marilyn Manson meets peak House of Gaga; Kryptonite delivering party tricks whilst channeling The Joker; and a Jessica Rabbit-esque Ruby Slippers, giving Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils a (bloody) run for its money.
Egson Ham may have left with the trophy, but we were all winners.
Rude, randy, and riotous, Rumble is a treat – just not for all the family.
What: Rumble! presented by Joel Devereux as part of Wonderland Festival 2018
Where: Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm, QLD 4005
When: Thu 29 Nov – Sun 2 Dec 2018
How much: $33-36
Website: Order tickets here