SPOTLIGHT ON GLASGOW’S DRAG STARS IN NEW BBC DOCUMENTARY

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A new documentary charting the highs and lows of being a drag performer in Glasgow launches on BBC Scotland this week.

The programme, Mother Tuckers: Drag Queens of Glasgow, airs on Tuesday 16th at 10pm and features three drag artists at different stages of their career.

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Barbara prepares to slay!

Scottish drag legend Barbara La Bush is seen preparing for her performance at the first Isle of Bute Pride in 2018 and stars alongside insta-inspired queen Lawrence Chaney and newer queen Voss.

The programme hopes to shine a light on the blossoming drag scene in Glasgow, a city which is home to Scotland’s biggest LGBT+ population.  Drag has shot into the mainstream after shows like Ru Paul’s Drag Race brought drag to a whole new generation.

Speaking to GlasgowLive, Lawrence said performing as a drag artist is a dream come true:

“Ever since I was little I knew I wanted to to be a star. I wanted to be in film, TV, so this was amazing. I felt for the first time that I was good enough and had a cool enough story.”

“Realistically, I was 100% comfortable with the drag side of me being shown but it was scary talking about my real life.”

“I am not not comfortable as a boy but you have to lend more to a drag persona than to your real self, so it was a double-edged sword. It’s amazing what’s come out of it, but you had to be vulnerable.”

Fellow queen Voss is relatively new to the scene and as a cadet in the merchant navy, it wasn’t an easy start for her, as she told the Daily Record:

“I felt like I was doing something bad, like I was breaking the rules. Looking back, I was breaking my own rules and coming out of my own comfort zone.”

“I’d always been into musical theatre, a singer, a dancer, a kind of an actor, there was always that creative side to me. A lot of us musical theatre kids, especially if we were gay or have a feminine aspect, wanted to play the female roles. Maybe it stems from that.”

“I never saw myself being a drag queen when I was younger but when I met other drag queens I realised this is that thing that was missing. There was more to me than the person I’d been taught to be.”

Mother Tuckers: Drag Queens of Glasgow airs on the BBC Scotland channel at 10pm on Tuesday night.

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