Performance Artist and Drag Queen Madonna Lucia Presents NSFW
By ilovelimerick correspondent Rosie Hartley
Performance artist and drag queen Madonna Lucia presents NSFW, an interactive audiovisual feast for the senses that is part stand-up routine and mostly a bewildering guide to life as a gay person, taking place on Friday, March 31.
In her show, Madonna Lucia invites the audience on a tour of the Irish experience of sexuality. From ‘getting the shift’ in school to sexting, she questions where we actually learned these things.
NSFW aims to embark the audience on an elaborate tour of sexuality in the digital age of instant social media gratification.
The show is full of anecdotes about discarded dirty magazines in the 80’s, the early horror that was ‘Brendan and Caitriona’ in the 90’s on the Late Late, and her own present day adventures on Instagram.
The term NSFW means ‘Not Safe For Work’ (not unlike the Parental Advisory sticker that can be found on music) is labelled on anything on the internet that could cause offence to people. The show is so-called NSFW, as Evan Kennedy AKA drag queen Madonna Lucia said, because “The show will be me looking at some of these issues in a fun way, I’ll be talking about the Irish experience of sexuality so in that sense it will be semi-autobiographical. I will be talking about sex, shifting at school, sexting and looking at how the performative aspects of porn affect how we have sex. The show is open to all so expect adult content with some musical interludes and a laugh.”
Evan Kennedy also explained why he thinks it’s so important to open up a conversation about sexuality here in Limerick. “We are all stuck to our phones and social media has encroached on our sex lives and the quest for ‘likes’ is now affecting how we see ourselves and our sexual identity. The other side of this is the new ‘moral panic’ about internet pornography and how it is affecting everyone, especially teenagers. My show deals with the reality of a world that has Snapchat and Pornhub.”
Evan Kennedy first got involved in drag when he entered the Alternative Miss Limerick Pageant back in October of 2005, where he says he got “bitten by the bug.” The Alternative Miss Limerick Pageant was a beauty pageant for gay people, where the winners went on to compete in the Alternative Miss Ireland competition. The competition ended in 2012.
Evan Kennedy is well known around Limerick, due to his hilarious drag persona, as well as his involvement in different events around Limerick city. Talking about one of his performances alongside Dance Limerick, he explains how much he enjoys the performative aspect of being a drag queen. “This is the first time I have done a solo piece like this and it’s the type of show that could only be done as part of Fringe. I have performed before in Daghda (now Dance Limerick) as part of the Mamuska nights series. That was tremendous fun for me to dress up to perform experimental dance and include my own music and video artwork. This show is more structured in that it has a beginning, middle and end, and hopefully will be a fun ride for the audience.”
NSFW is being performed as part of Limerick Fringe Festival. Limerick Fringe is a non-profit organisation that looks to support artists and producers to promote new and vibrant arts to a wider audience. The Limerick Fringe Festival takes place from March 30 to April 1, featuring many incredible shows and artists, with Madonna Lucia’s performance on Friday, March 31 at 11.45 in Dolans.
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