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James Welsby

James Welsby works to create, enhance and extend the possibilities of drag cabaret and queer dance. He is a performer, MC, drag artist (known as Valerie Hex), choreographer, producer, and the founder of acclaimed cabaret YUMMY. James graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Dance in 2007, and went on to found dance company Phantom Limbs (Melbourne Festival Discovery Award 2013) and worked with many dance and cabaret companies. James started YUMMY in 2015, and has directed every feature-length production since. YUMMY has toured to over 30 arts festivals around the world, and has received 5 star reviews from The Scotsman, The Advertiser, Broadway Baby, The Age, The West Australian, and others. YUMMY’s major awards include: “Best Production” and “Best Ensemble” (Green Room Awards 2018) and “Best Cabaret” (Fringe World 2019), and the "People's Choice Award" (Melbourne Fringe 2021).