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Created by artist Jez Dolan, Life’s a Drag celebrates the history of drag in Manchester, beginning with the infamous Hulme Drag Ball of 1880, taking you right up to date with Manchester’s current outrageously Gender Queer drag revolution. From Foo Foo Lamarr to Anna Phylactic, from Jerome Caminada to Roxy Hart, a year-long project uncovering the secrets of Manchester’s drag stories and histories, through performance, exhibitions, workshops and a drag seminar, oral history and getting your drag on…

Life’s a Drag Exhibition at Manchester Central Library: Opening Friday 26th August – until  Wednesday 26th October.

In January 2016 a group of academics and local enthusiasts gathered at Manchester Metropolitan University for an oral history training session. Since then they have been collecting life stories from Drag Queens with their heels up and those still clacking the pavements. These interviews will form part of the LGBT section at Archives + and selections will be included for the upcoming exhibition on local drag history at Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square. The oral histories will be joined by historical records, news reports and photos from the 1800’s to the present day, taking in such delights as Bartlett and Ross, Mrs Shufflewick, Danny La Rue, David Hoyle, theatre billings, costumes and more.

Made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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