When did you first start wearing dresses?
Very young. I don’t remember a particular age it’s just something I always remember doing. I remember countless arguments with my girl friends over who got to wear what princess dress. I loved fashioning dresses out of my Mum’s dressing gowns
What were your initial thoughts when you were told that your story is being a made into a West End Musical?
When I first heard my story was being turned into a musical I had no idea of the scale of it. I thought it was going to be a very small community centre type thing. Then the premiere at the Sheffield Crucible happened and that’s when it really hit how big this all was. The audience reaction was incredible. The West End transfer is a dream come true.
Does the show represent a true representation of your life?
Very early on the production team were clear that this wasn’t going to be a direct retelling of my story, rather inspired by. A lot of the stuff in the musical actually happened in one way or another but bits have been added and people have been changed from true life. Jamie New (as he’s called in the show) isn’t exactly me, but obviously we share a lot.
What was the reaction when the documentary first aired?
I was surprised by how positive the reaction was to be honest. A lot of people have messaged me over the years telling me how my story has changed their lives. It’s really touching that so many people have been able to take away something from watching what I did. The negative comments mean nothing because the positives are what matter.
Do you think people’s views on drag have changed since the documentary was aired on the BBC?
Most definitely. Drag culture has come so far since then thanks to the likes of RuPaul‘s Drag Race. People are more accepting and aware of what drag actually is now. There is still room for progress though, which is why this musical has come out at a good time.
Whats your plans for the future with the show?
I’d really love to keep the conversation of gender going. The musical has already done a lot to bring such discussions to the mainstream so hopefully it will keep running and running. Who knows, maybe a Broadway transfer? Other countries would be great too. For me I want to work on developing my own brand away from the show.
Have you ever been to Leon or even better Leon West End? Do you have a favorite meal at Leon?
Of course I have! I love Leon. I actually had a meeting about my press night dress in the Leon West End branch. I love the Korean Chicken Burger!
What’s your advice for people are worried about showing their true colours and being themselves?
Live your true you and don’t give a second thought to the haters. Life is worth living a lot more when you’re doing what makes you happy. Not everyone will understand, but if you’re authentically yourself then that shouldn’t matter. Being strong is the best form of revenge to those who want to bring you down.
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