The Duchess, aka. Ewan James Armstrong — one of our brilliant cast members in Jock Tamson’s Bairns — is in Metro.co.uk today, talking about the human under the wig, homophobia and what drag is all about. Everybody say looooove! (But wandering fingers beware…)
A couple of weeks ago, the lovely Amy Taylor — theatre editor at The Skinny — popped by our Jock Tamson’s Bairns rehearsal at CC Blooms to interview us about the show and get made up as a bio queen (a female-identifying artist who performs as a drag queen).
Faggot, Fruit, Nancy, Pansy, Mary, Fairy, Flamer and Butt Pirate. An obvious target — camp, girly, never quite on point — the taunting started early; well before I was old enough to have had my first inexplicably thrilling yet profoundly confusing day dream about Magnum P.I. and his hairy chest.
For nearly a decade I worked within the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, supporting -an incredible range of participants, from novice companies to international artists of reputation. In that time, I chaired approximately 80 panel discussions about how to take part in the Fringe, and without exception three core ‘rules’ were raised in every discussion.