I am Melancholia Blackbile, Prague’s premier horror drag queen, self-proclaimed show ghoul and circus freak, actor, producer and androgynous alternative model. As a versatile cabaret performer with a broad range of skills, nothing brings me joy quite like providing quality entertainment, education, and sharing my love for art and all things weird and wonderful.
Since my performing debut in 2018, I have become an established performer and queer event producer essential to the Czech scene. I am no stranger to international stages either and perform regularly in other countries such as Germany, my native Austria and others. Among these events is also the legendary Bushwig festival in Berlin.
Beside drag, I am trained in classical acting and alternative theatre with experience on stage as well as in front of the camera. I perform burlesque, sideshow and fetish acts, which I like to add a sprinkle of horror and camp to. Whether it be the art of the tease, latex, extravagant makeup, BDSM or acrobatics that is your poison, you will find your very own piece of me to fall in love with – and succumb to. For more details about specific acts, please refer to the section Repertoire.
I’m the founder and curator of the annual Halloween event in Prague called Blood Ball – the largest Queer Horror & Fetish themed party in Prague inaugurated in 2018, which provides a delicious cocktail of drag, burlesque, circus, fashion show and more, and showcases high-end performances by diverse local and international artists. It’s a safe space, where multiple communities and scenes mingle, and where one can be completely themself without judgement – the weirder, the better.
Supporting the local scene and seeing it grow brings me a lot of joy, which is why I love to attend and also produce queer events. My monthly show Boudoir Macabre – The Queer Horror Cabaret gives a platform to alternative performers and always includes performance opportunities for newbie artists as well as the more established ones. On the other hand is my monthly show called Draglesque, which I co-produce, focusing on featuring professional drag and burlesque performers based in Prague.
I am a proficient host and the resident horror host at Prague’s horror-themed venue Nightmare Bar, a popular tourist destination for horror movie enthusiasts, where I regularly host Horror Movie Trivia Nights as iconic characters such as Morticia Addams and Elvira.
As far as acting goes, I am a freelance actor and performer currently associated with the theatre collective Depresivní Děti touží po penězích (“Depressive children long for money”) and their ongoing production Happy end v Hotelu Chateau Switzerland.
Since 2021, I have been an active member of the production team of the Bohemian Burlesque Festival – the biggest burlesque event in the Czech Republic founded in 2013 by Angelica G. L’Amour. Its mission is to produce lavish burlesque and cabaret events in the Czech Republic and New Zealand. Bohemian Burlesque has produced the first ever international burlesque show in the Czech republic and each year hosts numerous famous international guests, which have included the legend Dirty Martini, Kitten N’ Lou, Chris Oh! and more.
More info on current and upcoming gigs can be found in the section Events.