Tae Tae in the Land of Yaaas! — Shake & Stir Theatre Co

Nelle Lee takes inspiration from her sister Estee's story in this world-premiere theatre show, which features 'RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under' star Maxi Shield as a fairy godmother.
Sarah Ward
Published on August 25, 2023


"Write what you know" is common creative advice, and words of wisdom that Shake & Stir Theatre Co's Nelle Lee has clearly taken to heart with Tae Tae in the Land of Yaaas!. One of Brisbane Festival 2023's big world-premiere theatre shows, the brand-new production draws upon her sister Estee Lee's true tale  — and, as well as scripting, Nelle also co-directs.

Taking over QPAC's Cremorne Theatre from Friday, August 25–Sunday, September 17, Tae Tae in the Land of Yaaas! focuses on its eponymous character, who was paralysed in a car accident when she was six. Immediately afterwards, she struggles, but then receives a much-needed boost from a fairy godmother (played by Maxi Shield from RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under) in her search to keep discovering happiness.

Shake & Stir Theatre Co wowed Bris Fest in 2022 with Fourteen, so the company is back with another personal, honest and heartfelt stage story for this year's event — and another must-see.

Newcomer Maya Dove stars as the production's titular figure, in a tragi-comedy that throws together songs, dance, drag queens, glitter, a huge heart, colourful staging, camp and positive vibes, and a heaving sense of community.

Images: Joel Devereux.


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