Drag becomes a drag in Buxton Fringe play

Published: 4 July 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Moj Taylor in Make-up

NoLogoProductions is to return to Buxton Festival Fringe with a new play that takes audiences backstage while a drag artist brings the curtain down on what could be her last show.

Lady Christina is “tired of metro-sexual audiences looking for something a little risqué that they can tell their mothers about, tired of young drag queens who make it look so easy and tired of having to put on the make-up and become someone else every night”.

The play reveals that drag has become a drag. But as the make-up starts to come off, the face in the mirror takes Christopher Laneghan back to the life he lived before she came along, forcing him to ask, “can he live if living is without her?”

Make-up premièred in Brighton as part of its October 2020 Fringe. A recording of the show was streamed to worldwide audiences from San Francisco and the play also had a six-day run at Melbourne Digital Fringe in November 2020. In 2021, it returned to Brighton for a three-night run at Rialto Theatre.

This will be NoLogoProductions’ fifth time at Buxton Fringe. Its last visit was in 2018 with A Beginner's Guide to Populism, nominated for best new writing.

Make-up will be performed by Moj Taylor. It is written by Andy Moseley. It will be staged at various times Underground at The Old Clubhouse from Friday 9 until Monday 12 July.