Thirlmere-born drag king to take Bondi by storm

They ain't no drag: Keely Windred and Danni Ray star in the hilarious Dazza and Keif Go Viral show at Bondi Feast this month.

They ain't no drag: Keely Windred and Danni Ray star in the hilarious Dazza and Keif Go Viral show at Bondi Feast this month.

When Keely Windred left Picton for Melbourne, she never could have predicted she would make a living as a drag king.

But that's just what happened after she met Danni Ray.

The pair of dancers immediately hit it off and realised there was potential to build a comedy show about feminism, gender politics and masculinity.

"We just thought it would be really funny to look at those really timely issues through the guise of these two blokey men who think they can be breakdancers," Windred said.

"That's how Dazza and Keif were born.

"They're really inspired by the people that I knew growing up in Thirlmere in the country.

"Everyone knows a Dazza or a Keif."

Picture: Samara Clifford

Picture: Samara Clifford

The show was originally launched at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in September and was met with immediate success.

Critics and audiences alike praised Windred and Ray's hilarious on-stage antics.

"We've had some audience members tell us that they genuinely almost weed themselves they were laughing so much," she said.

"There was actually an audience member from Campbelltown who came up to me after a show in Melbourne.

"When I told her I was from the area as well, she said 'I could tell'."

Windred and Ray will take their clueless alter egos to the Bondi Feast arts festival this month.

The former Picton High School student said she was excited to bring the show to her home state.

"It's really cool to bring Dazza and Keif up to Sydney," Windred said.

"The first time I actually performed in drag was as part of St Stephen's Theatre Group in Thirlmere as a nine-year-old.

"I thought the king had the funniest lines and none of the female characters had anything funny to say.

"I wanted to be the character that made everyone laugh - I think that first taste of drag has stayed with me all these years later."

Bondi Feast runs from July 9-20 at Bondi Pavilion.

Dazza and Keif Go Viral will be performed from July 18-20. Details: bondifeast.com.au.