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The week in theatre: Sound of the Underground; Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – review
Travis Alabanza and friends joyously return drag to its radical roots, while Aidan Turner and Jenna Coleman keep it brief in Sam Steiner’s social media allegory

Susannah Clapp

05, Feb, 2023 @10:30 AM

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Sound of the Underground review – magnificent explosion of mesmerising drag
A plot to kill RuPaul for dragging drag into the mainstream, followed by song and dance numbers, fires up an exhilarating show with breathtaking costumes, radical politics and filthy humour

Arifa Akbar

26, Jan, 2023 @12:05 PM

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Republican legislators introduce new laws to crack down on drag shows
Bills in at least eight states seek to restrict drag performances as part of a broader rightwing backlash against LGBTQ+ rights

Edward Helmore

21, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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George Santos denies reports that he competed as drag queen in Brazil
New York Republican under pressure over fabrications about his career, past and alleged criminal behaviour

Richard Luscombe and agencies

19, Jan, 2023 @4:01 PM

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Oh yes it is! Oh no it isn’t! Is the panto dame still a suitable cause for mirth?
Fire the glitter cannons! Unleash the water pistols! The panto season is here. But how did the cross-dressing dame become so central to the tradition? And in an age of gender fluidity, should we still be laughing?

Kate Wyver

13, Dec, 2022 @4:39 PM

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RuPaul’s Drag Race essay collection wins oddest book title of the year award
RuPedagogies of Realness wins the Bookseller/Diagram prize ahead of What Nudism Exposes and Frankenstein Was a Vegetarian

Sarah Shaffi

09, Dec, 2022 @9:01 AM

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US drag queens turn to armed guards and metal detectors after Club Q shooting
Some of the best-known artists are reportedly stepping up security after a recent shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado

Joanna Walters in New York

02, Dec, 2022 @5:10 PM

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TV tonight: backstage revelations with RuPaul’s UK drag queens on tour
The stars of Drag Race UK series two open up to the camera between gigs. Plus: a royal restoration project brings a jobs boost. Here’s what to watch tonight

Hollie Richardson, Hannah Verdier, Danielle De Wolfe, Phil Harrison, Alexi Duggins and Simon Wardell

30, Nov, 2022 @6:20 AM

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‘It’s a shopping mall of madness and you need a spiritual guide’: drag terrorist Christeene’s guide to life
As she releases new album Midnite Fukk Train, the feral performer from the swamps of the US shares her wisdom on making sex fun, dealing with bullies and the power of anger

As told to Tshepo Mokoena

11, Nov, 2022 @8:48 AM

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Tentacular Spectacular review – wade through Oozing Gloop’s psychosexual swamp
This immersive cabaret invites you into a world of ‘goblin core’, drag ogres and live art happenings

Brian Logan

14, Oct, 2022 @1:38 PM

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Drag queen featured in Marco Rubio campaign ad calls him a bigot
Little Miss Hot Mess responds to Florida Republican senator after he used footage of her reading to children

Coral Murphy Marcos

07, Oct, 2022 @1:52 PM

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Punk queens, vaccines, and DJ Chelsea Manning: inside New York’s legendary drag fest
The long-running Bushwig extravaganza, with more than 150 performers, offers a place to ‘become another person’

Amelia Abraham

13, Sep, 2022 @5:00 AM

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