It’s A Drag: Cross-Dressing in Performance with Janet Tennant

19/05/2023, 7pm


Chapel Steet



Déda is a creative centre for dance, contemporary circus and outdoor work. The stunning building, located on Chapel Street, houses three professionally equipped dance studios,…

In collaboration with Derby Book Festival Deda presents: It’s a Drag

Join author and Illustrator Janet Tennant in conversation with Morgan Brind, who is well known to families in Derby as Derby Theatre’s Pantomime Dame.

From ancient Greek actors, to all-male Elizabethan casts, to the drag queens of today, cross-dressing performers have been around for nearly as long as live performance itself. In It’s a Drag, Janet Tennant provides a fascinating and colourful look at performing artists who adopt the characters and dress of others. With a particular focus on theatrical history in Britain and North America, Tennant also turns to modern performers like RuPaul, MJ Rodriquez, David Bowie, and Billy Porter.

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