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Drag Me Up

Project Type: Arts Collaboration

Creative Writing and the Art of Drag

Funded by Arts Council England, Big White Shed & Unnamed Drag Productions launched an exciting new collaboration… DRAG ME UP! A series of events exploring the art and creative expression of drag. 


A live performance, talk, and Q&A session hosted by local drag artists Nana Arthole and Marilyn Sane. This first event of the series took us back to school for a herstory lesson, as Nana and Marilyn walked us through the when, why, how, who and “Are you serious”? of drag as they know it. Together, they explored, educated and debated topics such as the UK versus US drag legacies, this last decade’s drag explosion, and why drag in the community matters, before opening up the discussion for a Q&A session where no question was off limits! 


A makeup masterclass with the blokes beneath the wigs, where participants could explore and develop their own alter ego under the expert tutelage of Thom and Lewis in a safe and inclusive environment. Places restricted to 12, all make-up and materials supplied.


An opportunity to write about our experience of the process of Drag Me Up, explore our alter ego further, delve into the depths of identity and more. 


As part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival Big White Shed presented an evening of poetry and stories around the theme of identity, inviting participants from Drag Me Up to share their experience alongside other poets from the Shed.

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