'Sydney and drag form a natural alliance - the brisk, glittering city on the edge of a stunning harbour and the glamorous, biting performance style that thumbs its nose at convention' - So begins Langley's journey into the world of Sydney drag, a performance culture that has become internationally famous. In this lavishly illustrated book, we meet some of the city's leading contemporary performers - Claire de Lune, Vanity Faire, Polly Petrie, Mitzi Macintosh, Dorreen Manganini, Verushka Darling, Maxi Shield, Miss 3D, Joyce Maynge and Portia Turbo - and the men behind them. Through a series of candid portraits, the artists detail their backgrounds and skills, the rituals that precede their performances, and the relationship between the private and public personas. This is a fascinating book which illuminates the appeal of drag to a wide audience and celebrates its contribution to Sydney's life.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; Claire de Lune - Spotlighting the Man; Vanity Faire - The Vision Beautiful; Polly Petrie - Rude, Lewd and Crude; Mitzi MacIntosh - Comedy Queen; Dorreen Manganini - Brio and Bush Tales; Verushka Darling - Irony and Subversion; Maxi Shield - Voluptuosity and Verve; Miss 3D - Fantasy and Performance Art; Joyce Maynge - The Aussie Battler; Portia Turbo - Sultry Glamour; In Closing; Index.