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Arcola Creative Engagement

The Drag

by Mae West, adapted by Peter Darney

Directed by Peter Darney

Step into 1920s New York for this provocative drama by the infamous and iconic Mae West.

Rolly is a closet homosexual, married to Clair but secretly in love with Allen. Allen may have eyes for Rolly – or for his wife, or both. With Clair away for the weekend and the drag ball in full swing, the night is ripe for revelations…

The Drag ignited a scandal in 1927, and was forced to close for its depictions of the “cursed and degenerate”. Now, 90 years on, Arcola Queer Collective presents an extremely rare revival of the play following their sold-out productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Little Prince.

Award-winning director Peter Darney (5 Guys Chillin’ at the King’s Head, Edinburgh Fringe and Off-Broadway) unearths this gem of queer theatre in a vibrant, tender new production which takes an unflinching look at prejudice and discrimination, and questions how far we’ve come.

“If you can’t help me no one can. It is so hard to tell you…”

Please note our access lift is currently out of service and in repair. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. If you have access requirements please contact the Box Office on 020 7503 1646.

creativedisruptionhomeArcola Queer Collective’s You’re Here… You’re Queer! mini-season is part of Creative/Disruption 17

Tender, funny and utterly brilliant… I urge you to beg, borrow or steal a ticket, if you have to
—DIVA Magazine on The Little Prince
poignant and thought-provoking, beautifully wrought… you might just leave with a better understanding and appreciation for the fabulous queer community of London
—QX Magazine on The Little Prince
Surely the most inventive, outrageous, and thoroughly enjoyable bending of the Bard that we’ve witnessed … An ingenious blending of classical theatre with burlesque, cabaret and queer politics … Do yourself a favour and run away with the fairies.
—Gay Times on A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Tasmine Airey

Clair Richmond

Diego Benzoni


Dior Clarke

The Dutchess

Antony Cranfield


Sue Frumin

Barbara Richmond

Miraj Gadhavi


Camilla Harding


Jo Hauge


Stuart Honey

Judge Robert Kingsbury

Damien Killeen

Rolly Kingsbury

Bex Large


Mikko Makela

Allen Grayson

Ava Markey


Afro Parise

Taxi Driver

Ranulph Redlin


Sam Reynolds


Arkem Mark Walton

Dr James Richmond


Mae West, adapted by Peter Darney


Peter Darney

Lighting Design

Sherry Coenen

Sound Design

Kirsty Gilmore

Costume Design

Prince Lydia

Musical Arrangements

Luke Isom


Rubyyy Jones and Alex Scurr

Fight Choreography

Enric Ortuno

Assistant Director

Joe Allan

Operator and Stage Manager

Karina Olsen

Publicity Photography and Styling

Veronique et Charlotte

Publicity Makeup

Talia Jordan
Standard £10
Concession £8
Standard Double Bill (with The X) £18
Concession Double Bill (with The X) £14

Tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Double bill tickets will discounted at checkout. Please ensure you have tickets for both shows in your basket, before you proceed to the checkout. Double bill valid for both shows at any time across the run, but must be booked together.

Starts at 9pm

Running time: 110 minutes approximately (including interval).

This production contains:
Strong language
Scenes of a sexual nature
Drug use
Flashing/strobe lights
Loud noises

Suitable for 18+

Press enquiries: Nick Connaugton —

24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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Arcola Theatre Production Company is a registered charity no.1108613. Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England no.5242988. Registered Office: 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL.