Tash York’s Happy Hour

Producer: Big Hair Productions
Writer: Tash York
Directed By: Tash York

A raucous and rowdy filled happy hour with incredible music, Yakult shots and outrageously funny cabaret.


The world of Happy Hour sees audiences invited into a safe and decadent space (on a budget) where life is celebrated and the world is made a better place. The show itself combines queer cheer and glamour but at the heart of the hour is acceptance that we all deserve happiness no matter how much we tell ourselves otherwise. Tash York the writer and centre of the show unapologetically drinks pools of wine, practices self-care, slays her insecurities, loves herself, and makes the effort to encourage everyone to do the same. This work is centered around the wants and needs of the audience, an ethos that absolutely shines through in her improvised numbers where she takes audience gripes and turns them into one off songs which can be laughed at and enjoyed. 

After surviving Melbourne, Naarm’s lengthy lockdowns, York wrote a show that encompassed the 1920s Weinmar Era of Cabaret where escape, sexual freedom and political satire formulated entertainment. A “Happy Hour” in the traditional sense exists to ease your sorrows in the form of binging on cheap booze, but as York has discovered over the past two years this doesn’t necessarily provide a solution. Through writing original songs and parodies the show contains messages of community, heart and allows the audience to just have fun – no matter who they are or how they identify.

Complimented by drag divas the Red Red Wines (Peppy Smears and Vivian Fonteyn), these two are not only the incredibly talented musicians but also play as part of Tash\’s world providing wit, banter and of course a cheeky barb or two at the diva. It combines cabaret with a drag heavy aesthetic, but presented with the skills of a high brow music concert as all three diva’s are celebrated musicians and singers in their own right. 

Loose, high energy, fun and heartfelt “Happy Hour” invites audiences to leave their troubles at the door to enjoy the world as it should be – where everyone is accepted and everything is fabulous!

Short Reviews

★★★★★ Tash York is the queen of Australian cabaret comedy. She’s a woman in drag because she wants a man’s wage. With an extraordinary voice and vocal range, and no filter on her content, there seems nothing this diva can’t do. She’s a comedy queen, singing sensation, and busty babe all rolled into one big bundle of fun.
★★★★½ With all three performers uniquely talented in their own right, the combination of the trio on a single stage is exactly what Fringe is about – eclectic, chaotic, and entirely too much – in the best possible way.
OUT in Perth
★★★★ It’s easy to fall in love with the obvious glee with which big-wigged/hearted cabaret host Tash York returns to the Fringe stage after two years lost to the pandemic...real showbiz skill!
The Age


Technical Information

Touring Party: 4
Bump-in Time: 4hr hrs
Bump-out Time: 1hr hrs
Interval: Optional


Lighting for this show can be scaled we have performed this show in a small cabaret venue with 4 LED parcans right through to a Speigeltent with movers and a follow spot. Essentially we need some coloured washes and some front light – but ideally we would love a follow spot, movers and a Disco Ball however we are happy to work around this.

  • General washes – can be isolated to SL, SR and Centre ideally.
  • LED Colour washes – Blue and Red minimum but more ideally.
  • Centre spot and or follow spot.
  • Approx. 20 lighting states for the show – more details can be found in tech specs.

We also have a neon “Happy Hour” sign which can be attached to the back curtain on back lighting rig. In the past we have secured it via wire and carabiner. It is plastic and fairly light weight.


More details for this can be found in our tech specs.

This show is heavily reliant on good sound quality as that is the basis of our work – we are each fairly adaptable depending on what is available at the venue – but providing a tech with a strong background in Sound would be our preference.

  • Access to 3 x Wireless Mics (we can provide some if necessary)
  • 3 microphone stands – straight stand if possible + one boom for the keys.
  • 1 x DI for the keyboard (can provide)
  • 3 x fold back wedges (ideally) but access to good fold back is a must due to tight 3 part harmonies.
  • Access to an in-house weighted keyboard and or piano would be ideal – but we can also provide.


  • 1 x stool
  • Access to the audience from on stage ideal
  • Quick change area close to the stage.
  • Dressing rooms for 3 x performers with space including makeup mirrors + lighting.
  • Minimum stage area 2m x 3m.

Transport Notes

The show can fit into a 4 seater van. Costumes and props fit into 2 large suitcases plus 4 personal suitcases for the performers + neon sign. If we need to provide Keys and Mics then we will need to ensure that the van has the ability to fold down seats etc. This show can be transported by plane also and we can source equipment in the area.

Audience & Marketing Notes

York understands what it takes to bring the big drag aesthetics of Melbourne and combine them with her humble upbringings in Queensland to create an engaging show for demographics old and young, far and wide. More successfully it has attracted queer audiences, lovers of drag, cabaret, and strong, three part harmonies (barbershop quartet styles). This show is edgy, risqué, authentic, but inviting. Think Meow Meow meets Bianca Del Rio (on a budget!).

Selling Points

  • Feel good cabaret with excellent music talent including improvised songs and soaring 3 part harmonies.
  • Working with local wineries/clubs/bars to have sponsorships or branding to go with the "Happy Hour" theme.
  • Multi-award winning cabaret show which features all the glamour of a drag show, but also the heart of a cabaret.
  • Willing to work with local venues to create inclusive events for the LGBTQIA+ community including balls, drag nights and open mic nights in the lead up.
  • Small touring party that can easily fill a big stage and auditorium, outdoor stage, the back of a bar or an intimate cabaret venue.

Community Engagement

  • Improv music workshops featuring Tash York and the Red Red Wines for 15+
  • Drag make up workshops / performance coaching / cabaret writing masterclasses.
  • Facilitating or hosting events for the LGBTQIA+ community including balls, drag nights and open mic nights in the lead up to the performances.

Content Warning

Strong Language, Adult content suitable for 15+, Mental Health themes.








Venue Format

Proscenium arch, black box, thrust, outdoor stage, residency, hall, cabaret space/bar.


60 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $11,917.00

Weekly Sell Off: $10,957.80

Per Performance: $3,408.8

Royalties: 11%
Apra Obligations: There are 4 songs that will need APRA approval - the rest are original.

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