Drag Royalty will werk* their way across the country with The Series 4 Tour of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK.
Visiting theatres and arenas across Wales, England and Scotland, the tour will include two dates here visiting Cardiff International Arena on Sunday April 30th and Swansea Arena on Monday May 1st with ALL 12 queens from Series 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
It follows two hugely successful live tours of the UK TV phenomena as audiences have flocked to shows the length and breadth of the country to witness the glittering production starring their favourite queens.
As we mentioned, the tour will feature all 12 queens from the series so prepare to spend an evening with Baby, Black Peppa, Cheddar Gorgeous, Copper Topp, Dakota Schiffer, Danny Beard, Jonbers Blonde, Just May, Le Fil, Pixie Polite, Sminty Drop and Starlet.
And it’s one of those Queens we spoke to recently before rehearsal begin. COPPER TOPP is a Cheltenham Spa resident and spends a lot of time here in South Wales, both professionally and personally. The Panto lover became a queen later in life, but after four years she is ready for Britain’s biggest drag stage. Copper Topp is also the star of a series of bingo ads – but does she have what it takes to get to the ‘top of the shop’?
We chatted about the upcoming tour, how the series has completely transformed Copper’s life. As you’ll see, it was the real Copper Topp who joined us for the interview………
You can meet each of the Queens below…….
BBC Three introduced the world to a diva’s dozen of new RuGirls who hope they have the talent, charisma, uniqueness and nerve to be named Britain’s Next Drag Superstar.
The series four queens come from all over the UK from Birmingham to Belfast, and represent some of the country’s most exciting drag from club kids to cabaret legends. Here’s what you need to know about line-up of 12 queens you are currently obsessed with, and of course will be meeting on the tour.
Describing herself as “London’s afro-punk princess,” 25-year-old Baby studied musical theatre before doing drag, so expect her to be a triple threat, ready to slay any singing and dancing challenges Mama Ru can throw at her.
Baby (her name comes from being the youngest sibling of five) has been doing drag for four years. She is a mainstay of the London brunch and club scene who in her own words loves “playing in the area where black culture and alternative culture meet.”
Baby’s drag in three words: “Pretty, punk and black”
Black Peppa brings a Caribbean flavour to Drag Race UK, having been born on the island of Saint Martin. Since 2014, however, she has been making the Birmingham drag scene fierce. Now, she is bringing a little seasoning and spice to the Drag Race stage.
Despite serving high glamour, Black Peppa got her drag name from a surprising source: Peppa Pig. “Peppa pig is the OG,” she said, “and that is why I’m ‘Black Peppa’ with a twist!” Unlike Peppa Pig though, Black Peppa can death drop, split and dip in her high-energy shows.
Black Peppa’s drag in three words: “Spicy, creativity, oddball”
Cheddar might be the self-described “Queen Bee of Manchester,” but will she make a buzz in the competition? A legend on the cabaret scene, Cheddar has also previously been the star of a drag makeover TV show. She is also the first Drag Race UK queen with a doctorate, meaning her fellow queens might be about to get schooled.
The queen describes herself as a “living spectacle,” who has been dabbling in drag since her early teens. A childhood where she was obsessed with science fiction and fantasy has turned her into a queen whose out of this world looks have been seen everywhere from the clubs to the museums.
Cheddar’s drag in three words: “Otherworldly, ethereal, icon”
The Cheltenham Spa resident and panto lover became a queen later in life, but after four years she is ready for Britain’s biggest drag stage. Copper Topp is also the star of a series of bingo ads – but does she have what it takes to get to the ‘top of the shop’?
Though her drag is inspired by British camp icons like Julie Walters, Victoria Wood and the Cheeky Girls, Copper loves to surprise an audience by going into the splits as part of her “camp and physical shows.”
Copper Topp’s drag in three words: “Pantomime, camp, ginger”
Sussex resident Dakota Schiffer is making Drag Race her-story as the first UK trans contestant. The fashion obsessive has been doing drag for four years, and is bringing her 1960s-inspired high fashion looks (and a secret nerdy streak) to the runway.
Dakota describes Sussex as having “absolutely no drag scene,” but that did not stop her from growing up obsessed with fashion, hair and make-up. Now, she is ready for Drag Race UK to put her on the global stage, showing the world her ’60s-meets-’90s style.
Dakota Schiffer’s drag in three words: “Sixties, nineties, supermodel”
Liverpool’s own Danny Beard is Drag Race UK’s first bearded queen, with hopes of becoming a stubbly Scouse sensation. Known for her signature white face-make-up, Danny serves club kid-inspired looks that have made her one of the most original presences on the UK drag scene.
The “sassy, shady, singing cartoon clown” loves “mixing genders and putting them in the blender.” Her shows are known for mixing avant-garde fashion with old school drag performance – expect Leigh Bowery looks with Adele vocals.
Danny Beard’s drag in three words: “Sassy, shady, stunning”
Representing Northern Ireland, Jonbers Blonde has been doing drag for 14 years, as well as working as a model, a fashion editor and a dancer for acts like Melanie C and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
Starting life in a small town near Belfast, Jonbers moved to the big smoke, and describes herself as “East London royalty”. As she puts it herself: “I’m a showgirl on a Saturday and an absolute bonfire on a Sunday!”
Jonbers Blonde’s drag in three words: “High fashion pig”
Essex’s premier Geri Halliwell impersonator will be telling the world to ‘Look At Me’ as she appears on Drag Race UK series four. Though best known for parodying Ginger Spice, Just May is hoping to prove she isn’t just a wannabe after 10 years of spicing up her life in drag.
“I wanted to do drag because Geri stopped being Ginger Spice and so I felt someone had to take over,” Just May said of her start in drag. But she can do other things besides Geri: “Sometimes, I wear a red wig without a blonde streak. Wild, I know.”
Just May’s drag in three words: “Campy, nostalgic and ginger!”
Calling themselves the “all-singing, all-dancing, all-sewing Chinese pop star from Brighouse,” Le Fil is a one-time member (alongside Jonbers) of the legendary Sink the Pink collective, who have performed with Sam Smith, Drag Race series four guest judge Olly Alexander and many other megastars.
Brighouse is also the home of Drag Race UK star Divina Da Campo, but Le Fil is a very different queen to the season 1 runner-up. Le Fil describes her drag as “the intersection of art, fashion music and sculpture,” and her shows as “live art.”
Le Fil’s drag in three words: “Androgynous, Asian and sensation!”
Pixie Polite already has a Drag Race connection: She was in a girl band with (and even dated) series 2 star Tia Kofi. Now, however, The Brighton-based queen and self-described “big ol’ camp cow” is on the show in her own right, and is ready to show that even on reality TV, politeness can pay.
Though she says she is “Pixie Polite by name, and Pixie Polite by nature,” she warns: “so if these girls come for me I might get a bit rude!”
Pixie Polite’s drag in three words: “Big, bold and beautiful.”
Describing herself as a “sexy cyber supermodel from space,” Sminty Drop is ready to drop some major looks onto the runway. The Manchester queen is a member of the House of Kendoll alongside first ever Drag Race UK eliminated queen Gothy Kendoll. Will she be able to break the Kendoll curse?
Sminty Drop got her name from her habit of dropping the mints she used to carry for when she wanted to kiss boys. After three years doing drag (and a “busted” year she does not count,) she sees herself as “literally the embodiment of contemporary British drag.”
Sminty Drop’s drag in three words: “Drop dead gorgeous!”
Completing the Drag Race UK series four line-up is Starlet. This “polished pin-up” is originally from Johannesburg, making her the first South African queen in Drag Race UK her-story. Since coming to Britain, Starlet has been bringing old-school Hollywood glamour to the streets of Surrey, building up a significant Instagram fanbase along the way.
Despite never having seen a drag queen when she lived in South Africa, Starlet has become “a living walking vintage movie star” who is “gently tippy toeing into the performance side of drag.”
Starlet’s drag in three words: “Polished, beauty, pin-up”
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The Series 4 Tour is presented by Werq The World producers Voss Events and the multi-award-winning media company behind the Drag Race franchise, World of Wonder, in cooperation with Live Nation and Cuffe and Taylor.
Ben Hatton is Director of Theatre Touring for Cuffe and Taylor, he told us…..
“We are delighted to be presenting our third live tour of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. It is a show that is outrageous and exciting in equal measures and audiences just absolutely love it.
“Get ready for a completely laugh out loud evening of no holds barred entertainment!”
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK – Series Four Tour gets to the Cardiff International Arena on Sunday April 30th and the Swansea Arena on Monday May 1st. Tickets and more details from HERE.