On the Couch with Bailey Dunnage

Bailey Dunnage AAR On the CouchWho is Bailey Dunnage?
Bailey is a queer creative originally from New Zealand.

What would you do differently from what you do now? 
Nothing, I’m very happy with where I am right now. 

Who inspires you and why?
The first person that comes to mind at this very moment is my Drag Race sister Kween Kong, she’s such a powerhouse performer and creative artist who speaks about issues we need to address in society. 

What would you do to make a difference in the world? 
As a drag artist, I take pride in pushing the boundaries of society and challenging how we perceive certain aspects of our lives. I want to be able to expand on this more and create work as a drag performer that can inspire others to think beyond what we have been taught to believe. 

Favourite holiday destination and why? 
I love going back home to New Zealand and visiting Lake Tekapo or Wanaka. Seeing the extraordinary beauty of our world reminds me to slow down and enjoy what’s around me. 

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’m based in Melbourne/Naarm these days, I would definitely take them to Smith St, Fitzroy to see all the amazing queer venues and do some op shopping.

What are you currently reading? 
I’m currently reading the script of Ride the Cyclone – it’s an amazing show, you should come see it!  

What are you currently listening to? 
Music wise, I’m a huge Beyonce fan, so I’ve got Cowboy Carter on repeat right now, but my all time favourite artists that never leave my rotation are Julia Jacklin and Alice Phoebe Lou!

Happiness is? 
For me, doing anything creative and surrounding myself with people I love. 

What does the future hold for you?
I’m very excited for what the future holds, my career has grown a lot in the last few years, and I feel this is only the beginning. I’m looking forward to doing more theatre work, and exploring some solo cabarets.

Bailey stars in the Australian premiere of Ride the Cyclone – which plays the Hayes Theatre Co from 23 May 2024. For more information, visit: www.hayestheatre.com.au for details.

Image: Bailey Dunnage (supplied)