The early 1960's was the watershed moment for drag performance in Sydney.

The Jewel Box, Les Girls in Kings Cross, the Purple Onion in Kensington - remembered by David (Beatrice) Williams.


With professional choreographers and dancers from the Tivoli circuit teaching young drag artists, and inspired producer/entrepreneurs creating hilarious routines and shows with a narrative, Sydney siders were treated to the best shows in town. 

David (Beatrice) Williams describes one of his shows at the Purple Onion.




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050908 DW


Williams, David (Beatrice)


Date of interview8th September 2005


Access: No special conditions


David talks about: Bee Taplin; Leslie Walford; Garden of Eden; Ken (Kandy) Johnson; Rose Jackson; Nola; Neville Marsh; Frankie (Margaret) Mitchell; Ray (Fay) Seedy; Purple Onion; Dormie McIver; Gordon Stewart; Around the Horn; Black Leslie; Maggie Martin; Rose Jackson; John (Fay) Francis; “How to be Beatrice” ; “Little of what you fancy”; “Totally Beatrice”; Chez Ivy; Enzos; Les Girls; “Cinderella”; Robyn Lee’ Honey West;  “Sound of Mucus”; “Street Car named Beatrice”; Carmen; Grant MacIntyre; Taxi Club; Drag queens; “Sunset Beatrice”; Sylvia and Synthetics; Eric Dare; Comedy Theatre; Community Service Network; AIDS;


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