Priscillas I have known

Here is one: the warm-hearted late Pepper Stevens.

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I was always just a spectator of the world that burst through to everyone via the the excellent Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. But I did have quite a few conversations over the years with Pepper, who passed away not all that long ago.

Oh yes: The Albury – where I met M in 1990 and Sirdan and chatted with the former Premier of South Australia, Don Dunstan – and The Unicorn, and all that 1980s-early 1990s scene.

I see Channel Ten has a rather intriguing new reality show.

IN 1994, director Stephan Elliott breathed life into a small Australian film, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, that would become a cultural touchstone, blending Australia’s cosmopolitan gay capital with its mystical, ancient heart.

Its plot – three city-bred drag queens embark on a coming-of-middle-age journey from Sydney to Alice Springs in a bus nicknamed ”Priscilla” – resonated powerfully. It was adapted as a stage musical in 2006 and has subsequently conquered Broadway and London’s West End.

Now, almost 18 years later, it has been turned into a television talent quest, in which host Hugh Sheridan and two judges – Elliott and actor Jason Donovan, who starred in the musical in London – search for the perfect musical theatre ”triple threat”: a singer-dancer-actor…

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Travelling from Sydney to Alice Springs, the commercial TV crew has swooped through Port Augusta, caused a furore at the Quorn Races, and doused Cooper Pedy in drag.

Writer and director of the original Priscilla film, Stefan Elliot is part of the large troupe, which includes a crew of 120, four buses, and ten drag queens.

"We’re just an extraordinary moving production number that is going from town to town," said Mr Elliot. "The original advertising line of the film, Priscilla, was if aliens landed in your town what would you do, what would you say, and most importantly what would you wear? I think that sums up exactly what’s happening here."…

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