Drag up your life, DIVAs! 🌈
BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE VIA APPLE DERRIERES ON INSTAGRAM
Calling all Drag Race superfans! Since September’s premiere of season three of Drag Race UK, drag discourse has been at an all-time high. We love our Victoria Scones, Scarlett Harletts and Vanity Milans, but it’s important to celebrate drag performers of all kinds. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – here are six for you to follow on Instagram right now. You’re welcome!
Apple Derrieres is a self-described femme queen, actor and dragmaturg. The producer of BOiBOX Drag King Cabaret, labelled “London’s vital #DragKing Night” by TimeOut, Apple’s been doing bits for drag visibility. You can catch her alongside her “better half” Adam All every Wednesday at S!NG Karaoke at London’s She Soho, or on tour with the Dragatha Christie-style Death Drop play written by Holly Stars. Sing your heart out or attempt a murder mystery – the choice is yours.
Mr Wesley Dykes
A queer Nigerian-British drag king, Mr Wesley Dykes describes themselves as “your friendly neighbourhood fxckboi”. A regular at The Cocoa Butter Club, the award-winning performance production company celebrating performers of colour within cabaret, Wesley is a poet, songwriter and one-third of Wastewomxn. What are you waiting for? Like like like!
Brighton-based drag prince Alfie Ordinary takes gender and turns it on its head. Identifying as the son of a drag queen, Alfie is infamous for wearing women’s suits and dragging himself up as Tinky Winky. A close pal of Drag Race alumni Ginny Lemon and Joe Black, Alfie isn’t one to miss. Catch him at Komedia Brighton for Bottomless Brunch on 20 November and hit that follow button!
TeTe Bang is the queen of camp. Having appeared on Channel 4’s Drag SOS alongside the Family Gorgeous, TeTe is opening up conversations surrounding misogyny within the drag scene. An all-round drag chameleon, she sews, styles her own wigs and still finds the time to entertain a crowd at Glitterbox Ibiza.
Beau Jangles is one swarve king. A self-described “f*ckboi for your great-granddaddy’s generation”, he’s a member of London’s shiny new drag king collective, The Family Jewels. Catch him in Tuckshop’s annual drag panto sensation, Dick Whittington, alongside Cheryl Hole, Choriza May, Kitty Scott-Claus, Yshee Black and Ophelia Love. It’s set to be one hell of a party.
Dandy Issues is a bundle of fun! Originally from Gloucestershire, Dandy is bringing rural drag king representation to the floor. A dab hand with a brush, his Instagram is inundated with bold makeup looks inspired by all things hell and horror. Let’s get spooky! Catch him every Saturday at Rubyz Cabaret in Bournemouth.
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