Ginger Tart hosted her burlesque show, 'OxPHWOARd' last Friday, with a lot of heart, a lot of fun and a lot of pizzazz. She held the show together with an assured and experienced charm. From the moment the audience entered the dark back room of the Bullingdon, we were warmly invited to enter her world, and it's a world where people support and love each other, respect each other's bodies, and perhaps most importantly, learn to love themselves.
Ginger Tart's own act, with which she started each half of this show celebrating self love, is full of energy and sparkle: a mix of the lip-syncing commonly associated with drag acts and a doll-like dance style which is compelling and fun to watch.
The evening was jam-packed with a range of performers, the stand-outs for me being Smidge Swayer's bubbly act involving her transformation from grey uniform-clad school-girl to queer neon queen and the fabulous Dis Charge's emotional and aggressively high energy drag routine.
What a wonderful way to spend an evening and see in the weekend. It is exciting that nights like these are being put on in Oxford and big thanks must go to Ginger Tart for organising the whole thing. I look forward to the next one!