Life's a Drag
“Life’s a Drag is a meta-comedy where we see two drag queens preparing backstage for a show. While they bitch, kvetch, laugh and take us on a journey back in time via the make-up box, they teach one another about the relevance of their own particular school of drag and gayness, from Polari to RuPaul….. it’s all done with such a light touch that it feels like a genuine eavesdrop, even as they kick down the fourth wall with heels.”
Polari Mission and Life’s a Drag were both 18 month-long projects supported by the Heritage Fund. They explored queer identity and history through theatre, visual art, oral history, archival research and much, much more, to create a modern and accessible approach to our shared and often unexplored stories.
“Our history is precious, and was buoyant despite prejudice and discrimination, and it is essential to record.”
Through these projects we commissioned and created new theatre, visual art exhibitions, academic symposia, archival material, and intergenerational educational projects, working with a wide range or artists, practitioners and participants.
“I think any part of culture that’s fringe or just generally not known about, it’s something that people should explore. It doesn’t matter who you are if you’re gay, straight or whatever; this exhibition shows something about society and the way it was.”
Life's A Drag and Polari Mission received funding from: