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Drag Storytime


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Whether you’re a child or a child-at-heart, dress to express yourself and join a line-up of fabulous drag artists to celebrate the stories that make us sparkle.


Get your weekend off to a fabulous start at Testing Grounds with a special storytime for the whole family, featuring live readings, face-painting, colouring activities and performances. Help decorate the storytellers’ throne, have your face-painted by Lainie Cann, and be dazzled and inspired as a glittering selection of local drag artists including Aysha Buffet, Mora Money, Randy Roy and host DANDROGYNY share some of their favourite picture books that celebrate difference and community.

Dress to express yourself and wear something that makes you feel truly you – whether you’re quiet, wild or sparkly, this is the space to share your special stories and your special self.

This event will be photographed and recorded for use by the Wheeler Centre. Please note, Stone Motherless Cold will no longer be appearing at this event.


You can learn more about the Wheeler Centre’s accessibility policies here. Please notify us of all access requirements when booking online so we can assist you with your visit. If you require further information, please contact reception on 03 9094 7800 or

About Spring Fling

Celebrating our return to the stage and the rejuvenation of the arts and culture communities, Spring Fling is a short series of big ideas offering a delectable picnic spread of events with leading thinkers, writers and creators from Australia and abroad.

Spring Fling is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.

Spring Fling 2022


Aysha Buffet

Aysha Buffet is a fabulous foodie queen, serving the children love, entertainment and literal food! She’s a nomad and a queen for the people, going where she must to ensure everyone is getting their healthy serving of drag and three veg. What she lacks in sequins, she makes up for in campery, ... Read more

Lainie Cann

With her palette of colourful face paints and sparkles and her bubbly personality, Lainie brings joy and magic with her artful face paint designs. Allow yourself to be transformed, and enjoy the delight as magic happens, and the new you is revealed! Who will you become?! Suitable for all ages and al... Read more


Daniel Newell is a performance artist, educator & graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. Catwalking the fine-eyeliner of the pop cultural/political, Daniel’s work can be defined as creatively chaotic & cathartic. Having performed in over 20 countries, highlights include ABC’s You... Read more

Mora Money

Mora Money (she/they) serves camp clown chaos. Trans Wiradjuri babe, Mora leaves you wanting more. The pure personification of a money hungry capitalist gal living her fantasy. Think girl in control – think like Mora. Follow her silly little adventures @mora_money. Highlights include: ‘dis r... Read more

Randy Roy

Randy Roy is a friendly local drag king who believes in the power of glitter, sequins, and the kind of dance moves you’d see from a middle aged dad at the barbecue. Randy has been doing the rounds of Melbourne drag circuit for four years now, specialising in shows that turn popular culture int... Read more


Testing Grounds at Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market, 391 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

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