Little bit of Heel
Wednesday, 16th September, 2020
By Emily Ferguson
Last weekend the Silver City should have lit up with the Broken Heel Festival, but thanks to COVID-19 the glitz and glamour was cancelled.
Instead of the usual proceedings, things were a little more low-key with some online content, and smaller celebrations of Priscilla Queen of the Desert taking place at the Palace Hotel.
It all kicked off on Friday night at the Palace Hotel with a sold out interactive screening of ‘The Adventure of Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, hosted by Amanda Screetly and Lady La La aka Esther La Rovere.
The interactive screening meant there were certain moments in the movie in which those in attendance could use their props to get involved.
They were each given goodie bags before the movie began which included things like bubbles, a ping pong ball, a confetti popper, a tampon and a shot.
The hosts gave the audience a quick heads up before the scene when they needed one of their props.
Another two events followed with ‘Broken Heel TV’ live from the Palace Hotel with Amanda Screetly and Lady La La, as well as live-streamed on Facebook with Philmah Bocks and Art Simone. While Sunday saw the event ‘Bloody Mary Moo Moo Bingo’ hosted by Amanda Screetly.
Amanda Screetly is a well-known performer in Broken Hill and friend of the Broken Heel Festival, so she was very excited to have even a toned-down version of the festival to take part in.
“So the unplugged version is us trying to find a way to make sure that we can still give the glitter and the camp celebration of Priscilla that we love and that we expect every year, just in a COVID-friendly way I guess,” she said. “It’s more of a show for people in town, small audiences, very intimate and I don’t think I’ve ever been to a drag show with so little people all in the one place together, it creates almost like a family feel with the audience.”
Amanda Screetly said due to the coronavirus, she hadn’t performed since March and was very grateful to be back at the Palace doing what she loves.
“This is I guess the grand return back to something for me ... I’m so excited to be back doing what I love, and doing something that I enjoy sharing with everybody.
“It’s nice to have something that feels normal.”
The Broken Heel Festival is definitely going to be bigger and better next year.
“Not only have we got everybody booked from last year that we had booked but we have a whole 18 months instead of nine to plan for it.
“We’re going to come back so big.”