As part of our public debate series during the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we explored how the rising prominence of the underground drag scene is informing cultural discussions surrounding social issues including gender, race and sexual orientation.

This 90-minute session kicked off with a provocation delivered by Australian drag performer Courtney Act (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Celebrity Big Brother), followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

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We were delighted to produce Courtney’s debut Edinburgh iin 2017 and thrilled that she agreed to deliver the provocation for this event, looking at her impact and that of the drag community in pushing society forward.

Already a household name through her profile on Australian Idol and RuPaul’s Drag Race, when Courtney entered the Big Brother house at the start of 2018 her presence sparked numerous conversations surrounding gender identity, sexual orientation and equality.

Winning sparked a whole new conversation.