Costa drag artists turn to Facebook to help relieve the boredom of the lockdown

The coast's top cabaret act Dragtastic will host the online show.
The coast's top cabaret act Dragtastic will host the online show. / SUR
  • Local entertainers Dragtastic will stage a social media cabaret show that will present drag performers from Norway, Spain, USA and the UK

Due to the fact that the lockdown is confining everyone to their homes and all events and concerts have been cancelled, artistes and musicians are now turning to social media to stage interactive shows and events.

Facebook will be the stage for an extravagant drag show that is set to take place in the first week of April. Organised by Barry Pugh and John Sharples of Dragtastic, one of the coast's top drag acts (they will also perform), Drag-up for Lockdown will present a day of outrageous fun delivered from homes in different parts of the world. Several acts have so far been booked and these include drag acts from the USA, Australia, Spain, Norway and the UK.

Barry and John started a Facebook page to announce the event and the idea quickly gained momentum. The page currently has more than 2,000 followers and now Barry and John are preparing for what they hope will be "the biggest live drag show ever staged on social media".

Each drag act will be allotted a 30-minute slot and the show will be aimed at a family audience, but as Barry points out, "some of the acts can be a little bit blue, so parental guidance will be advised".

The show is scheduled to begin at 6pm.

"We decided to try and do something different to keep people entertained during the lockdown. We are looking at Monday 6 April, but we may have to add another day depending on how many artistes we can get. We have had an instant response from people showing interest and the page went bonkers in just a couple of days, Barry told SUR in English. Facebook Dragtastic.