A dystopian diva, Karma was born from an unhealthy obsession with all things glamour and horror but, unlike starlets from old Hollywood movies, she does not long to be saved by some random dude. Often blurring accepted depictions of gender, she prefers to use her costumes and make up to transport the audience to a world that is equal parts beautiful and grotesque, and uniquely Karma.
Troy has been dancing since he was three and worked as a professional dancer until the age of 27. He then trained in massage therapy, but missed the stage. In 2017 he entered Lipsync1000 as Freida Slaves and the character has evolved from just a great name in a wig to a powerhouse of drag. In the space of a year, Freida has become a beacon of strength for queers of colour, something she NEVER imagined or intended. The BAME community has embraced her, finding something they can relate to in a predominantly white scene. Infiltrating these spaces and being seen doing what she's best at is, she feels, her way of saying "hello person of colour, you too can be in this space, I got you boo”
TeTe Bang is an infamous bubblegum legend in London’s underground queer drag scene. Her strong feminist point of view has been pushing the boundaries of what drag is and making people reassess the inclusivity of women in a predominantly male dominated space. Born to a working class single stripper mother, she has taken her upbringing and struggle and morphed it with her own queerness and campiness to bring Girl Power to all!
Inspired by infamous blondes who have torn up the world of celebrity by falling for bad boys and out of cars, Stella Meltdown is the trashy alter ego of Drew. A book publicist by day, Stella is the total opposite of Drew – where he is professional, switched-on and bookish, she is fun loving, messy and takes nothing seriously. Channelling larger-than-life blondes from Pamela Anderson and Courtney Love to Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith, Stella is a wannabe It Girl, famous for being famous. She came about quite organically – since his university days where he studied English and Drama, Drew has delighted in confusing straight boys, experimenting with makeup and fashion. Over the years a pair of heels or a wig were added until Stella just was.
Robyn isn’t really the drag persona of Robin, she’s more like a rock bitch that he summons from the fiery depths of hell, using a spirit medium called “Jack” (Daniels). Once she’s taken over his body, a pole dancing, stage diving, sauce-pot wrong’un leads everyone around her astray. Little Robyn grew up in Essex, looking at all the fabulous women around him, never quite sure if he wanted to be with them, or just be them. In the end he opted for both, and Robyn has been prancing around in dresses and kissing girls since she was a child. Now she has a wardrobe full of fierce wigs and heels, and a beautiful drag queen wife Fanny Minka. Robyn’s been bouncing around the East London drag scene for over decade, queen of the stripper poles at Sink the Pink and Savage, and probably barred from a host of dirty basements. She’s the kind of woman your mother warned you about.
Eileen Bothways is the self-indulgent creative overspill of 32 year old queer non-binary pansexual witch, Sarah. Sarah used to produce theatre shows in the West End and on national tour as well as manage large scale creative events. They also spent time as a music journalist and exhibiting artist because they wanted to make the most of their two, otherwise pointless, university arts degrees. They got bored making other people’s ideas come to life and at 30 decided to make their own bizarre creative dreams become a reality.
Dick Day is the kooky, quirky comedy queen based in the vibrant seaside city of Brighton. She loves to have a party and is always up for a box wine, a dance off and a screeching good time! An energetic and eccentric performer she is a friendly, approachable and loveable character that oozes charm and that feeling of, 'have I known you for 10 years?’. With a mish-mash of silly original songs and character based lips syncs she wants everyone to enjoy life as much as she does. Now, ‘LETS GO TO THE BAR!'
With her twisted brand of punk-horror-drag, Baby Lame is one of London’s most exciting and deliciously rancid alt-cabaret stars. When Chris takes off his alter-ego Baby Lame, Lucille, the mannequin also pictured here, serves as a stand-in. Lucille’s face is tattooed on to Chris’/Baby’s arm, so the three are never truly apart.
Bimini is the ridiculously seductive drag entity of Tommy Titbits. Imagine a streetwalking clown with big lips and an even bigger...heart. Trained as a yoga instructor and regular pole dancing practitioner, Bimini uses these talents to emphasise the doll like character – find her in box splits or hanging upside down on a pole. Tommy played around with makeup and wigs when he first moved to London before leaving the city to travel around various parts of the world. Upon his return, Tommy remembers going back to his usual hotspots in East London and seeing an increase in drag performance and DJ'ing and thought, “I can do this, I want to do this”. Thus Bimini was born in February 2017.
For a long time Dan's mum was carrying twins and she didn't know until they told her at the birth that one didn't make it. Dan has always felt the presence of his twin inside him, and with each glass of Prosceco more of her comes out. He calls this other person Barbs. Classy yet tasteless, gorgeous yet repulsive, Barbs defies all boundaries. Created as an escape from Dan's hectic life as a classical musician where everything has to be perfect and fit to a mould, Barbs is his chance to explore his creativity through different mediums, giving him the chance to improvise and let go. Dan has always loved to challenge people and their perception of things, even within the drag community. Why can't a gorgeous girl have a huge pair of hairy balls and an orange tash?
After working as a contemporary dancer for years, Thom became frustrated with the limitations of the dance industry, especially regarding gender roles. Drag was always a secret dream job, and it was after an disappointing audition in January 2017 where Thom was asked to ‘dance more like a man’ that a post for LIPSYNC:1000 at The Glory came up. They decided to enter and the rest is history. Margo was created with reference to the old starlets of Hollywood such as Marilyn Monroe but with more of party girl Anna-Nicole Smith spirit. Playing on the edge of overtly glamorous and feminine looking but with a very forward aggressive energy many considered Madonna to have when she did Erotica in 1992 is where Margo’s character forms and plays with gender roles.
Originally hailing from Canada, Colin became involved in circus and aerial performance when he moved to London. Teaming these talents and experiences with a love of drag, Crystal Beth was born three years ago. A talented performer who loves pushing boundaries and creating work that plays with ideas of gender and current politics, she is the brain behind Mariah and Friendz, a popular monthly drag party at Bethnal Green Working Mens Club.
Grace Shush is the hyper feminisation of Timothie and a character that allows them to explore feelings and emotions without repercussions. Grace has the mouth of a sailor, but the style and substance of a 50’s starlet, drawing inspiration from the era’s musical theatre. Timothie feels fortunate to have created Grace and for almost 5 years has graciously stopped Timothie from going insane through mental health and body dysmorphia issues. When summing up Grace, someone once said: ‘She’s beauty, she’s Grace... but also she is a hyper-sexualised bearded Adele’.
Cybil War is the brainchild and alter ego of Mark Whistler. Mark mixes a love of rock music, big hair and CrossFit to create a a seven foot, gender bending drag character that has become one of London's most recognizable nightlife faces. Having performed across the UK and US, Cybil is the matriarch of a monthly club night, Cybil's House and regularly appears at shows across London.