Work it, girl!
Trevor's star turns as the dramatic diva singers he grew up with have been leaving audiences in tears of laughter for several years now, most notably as Miss Understanding in the live Priscilla, Queen of the Desert musical, which he performed over 600 times.
Ashley’s no stranger to zipping into a dress for big shows – he recently portrayed Liza Minnelli in solo cabaret show Liza on an E for Brisbane’s Pride Week, transformed into several of the world’s best-known diva singers for four I’m Every Woman shows at the Sydney Opera House, and was then back as Liza for the Melbourne's Midsumma Festival.
Ashley is also a well-known figure on the Sydney drag scene as his alter-ego Cleopatra Coupe. Cleo’s shows have earned her ‘Mardi Gras Royalty’ status. No small honour!
How did it all begin? "I started doing Cabaret work in Sydney and then started touring my own shows, performing as a boy," he tells Same Same. "I went to New York and did my show over there and a drag queen came up to me after a show and said, 'Have you ever thought about doing drag?'
"So I did a few shows and got to know a few of the girls and it was fabulous. I started performing at the Albury before it closed, and then, only a few months after I had started, I ended up working full time, five or six nights a week at all the different clubs around Sydney. So for a while I was kind of always in drag, and then Priscilla happened!"
Ashley is currently personifying another great leading lady on stage - he's in Melbourne playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray the Musical, which will head to Sydney in June.
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