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The Darlings: A Provocative Evening of Drag from Vancouver

East Van to Adelaide Season

Presented by The Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Fringe Award, Queer Based Media, in collaboration with The Cultch (East Vancouver, Canada), Richard Jordan Productions (UK) and East Van to Adelaide in association with ZOO


HST is incredibly excited to present a safe and secure experience at the theatre. To ensure public safety we have implemented a COVID Safe plan. Social distancing, density and hygiene practices will be adhered to at all times. Only attend the event if you are feeling well. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms please ensure you get tested as soon as possible and follow social isolation guidelines until you recover.

If you are unable to attend your event please call 8225 8888 or email manager@holdenstreettheatres.com to discuss your ticketing options.

The safety and health of our patrons, staff and performers is our main priority and we will do everything we can to ensure a fun and safe evening out.

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Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award Winner!

An International collaboration between Canada, the UK and Australia.

Meet The Darlings! Canada’s multi-disciplinary, non-binary drag performance collective whose boundary breaking works challenge conventional drag, exploring genderqueer, nonbinary, and transgender experience through the use of movement, poetry, performance art, theatre, and immersive/interactive installation that has shocked and stormed the Vancouver cabaret and theatre scene.


Tickets available through the Holden Street Theatres Box Office and adelaidefringe.com.au

Due to the current climate strict Covid restrictions will be in place, please follow all rules on density, social distancing and follow directions from staff.

This is a Masked Event, please help reduce waste by bringing your own mask.
This event requires proof of double vaccination or exemption upon entry.


HST ON-SCREEN is bringing you some of the best theatre from Canada to the big screen at HST. Four theatre performances have been recorded in Canada and will be played in our gorgeous new cinema room, Ruby's

Boasting comfy seating, plenty of leg room, snacks and drinks available from the Bar and a big screen provided by Nova Tech, you'll be able to catch some of the best theatre in a cinema experience like no other. With multiple sessions a night you can see several shows in one evening, or even mix it up with a screening and a live show in one of our other venues.

Praise for The Darlings

★★★★ "It’s glorious, glittery chaos."- Lothian Life

"[The Darlings] are doing what they want, how they want to, promising you something you won’t want to sleep on or the regret will haunt you until the end of your days." — INSIDE VANCOUVER


Show Credits

Continental Breakfast (Chris Reed)
PM (Desi Rekrut)
Rose Buth (Rae Takei)
Maiden China (Kendell Yan)

Cinematography by Maya Ritchey

Produced by Queer Based Media

Video and Sound Editing by Chris Reed and Maya Ritchey

Lighting Support by Lukas McCormick

About The Darlings

As an emerging collective, based in Vancouver, BC, the Darlings’ have mounted four full-length installations in September 2018, October 2018, and March 2019 as well as features at Here For Now Volume 2 dance showcase (December 2018), the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (January 2019), and full-length features in the TRANSFORM Cabaret Festival (October 2020) and Intrepid Theatre’s OUTstages Festival (February 2020). They produced two digitally Broadcasted Quarantine-Friendly shows during the COVID-19 outbreak (March, April 2020), and followed up with The Darlings: Uncensored for the Queer Arts Festival, 2020.

The Darlings are: Continental Breakfast (Chris Reed), PM (Desi Rekrut), Rose Butch (Rae Takei), and Maiden China (Kendell Yan).


EAST VAN TO ADELAIDE is a season of works which continues a new global presentation platform (East Van to…) launched last year for some of the most exciting theatre companies and artists from Vancouver, Canada, created and curated by Heather Redfern, Executive Director of East Vancouver’s leading performing arts theatre The Cultch, and award-winning British artistic producer Richard Jordan.

Its 2021 inaugural season, East Van to Edinburgh, was produced in collaboration with Edinburgh Fringe venue ZOO and was recipient of the Holden Street Theatres Edinburgh Award.

Each of the selected shows has previously been very successful in Vancouver and is now presented for the first time to Australian audiences, ready for breaking new ground and aiming to create greater visibility for British Columbia artists and companies on the national and international stage.


The Cultch: Since 1973, The Cultch (formally the Vancouver East Cultural Centre) has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hubs. The organization operates three theatrical venues, a gallery, and various ancillary spaces in the heart of East Vancouver. The Cultch offers dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts, bringing world-class cultural presentations to thousands of citizens each year through its own programming and through providing rental opportunities for community users. Our purpose is to provide a venue for performance that serves a diverse and engaged public and provides space for artistic experimentation and development, building an audience for local companies and presenting cutting-edge national and international work.

Richard Jordan Productions is an Olivier, TONY and EMMY Award-winning creative production company based in London under the artistic leadership of British producer Richard Jordan. Described by The Stage newspaper as "one of the UK's most prolific producers", since 1998 his company has produced over 260 productions in the UK as well as 28 other countries.

A new writing and musical theatre specialist, Richard has been at the forefront of discovering, developing, and producing world premieres of works by a diverse range of new and established UK and international writers and artists often with a strong social and political agenda. He has enjoyed a long theatre association in Canada regularly working with The Cultch Performing Arts Venue in Vancouver producing and developing the work of some of its country’s most exciting new and leading contemporary artists and companies at many of its theatres as well as internationally. His past productions have won over 60 major awards. With the East Van to Adelaide season at Holden Street Theatres, he continues his relationship with Adelaide where he has regularly presented productions at both its fringe and international Festival since 2006.

ZOO (Original Associate Producer) operates multiple venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe every year, presenting over 60 shows in 25 days to around 20,000 audience members each year. Following the cancellation of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2020 due to the pandemic, the ZOO team launched ZOO TV, a new online streaming service for theatre and dance, making high-quality performance easily available to audiences. ZOO have a history of supporting the most exciting emerging companies and internationally renowned mid-career and established artists to create the very best work they can, presented in the best way possible, at the Edinburgh Fringe and further afield. ZOO is a winner of the Herald Archangel for Outstanding Programming.

“No individual Edinburgh venue has risen to the challenge of making their presence felt in 2020 quite like ZOO” – The Scotsman

The Darlings: A Provocative Evening of Drag from Vancouver



Genre: Cabaret/Film

Origin: CAN

Rating: PG

Duration: 70 Mins

Season: Fringe 2022

Dates: 19 Feb - 19 Mar

19 Feb: 4:30pm
19, 26 Feb: 8:40pm
5, 12, 19 Mar: 8:40pm

General Admission: $25.00
Double Your Applause: $50.00

Companion Card holders welcome.

Venue: Ruby's

34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh


HST are making every effort to make our performances accessible to all patrons. Unfortunately, Ruby's does not have accessible seating. Please contact staff if you wish to see The Darlings and you require accessible seating.

Tickets Available Now!

The Darlings: A Provocative Evening of Drag from Vancouver

The Holden Street Theatres' Adelaide Fringe season is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and the Adelaide Fringe Artists Fund 2022.


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