David Judge Has a “Tinder Drag Queen Meltdown”

The playwright and performer performs confident monologue in new video.

Those who know of David Judge will probably know of him from his time on Hollyoaks, playing the role of Danny Valentine from 2007 to 2008. However, his latest project sees a completely different side to him.

As part of a new video from Canvas, an Arts Council-funded initiative aimed at helping young people engage with arts organisations on digital platforms, Judge is transformed into a person who is in the process of having a identity crisis and venting out their anger (we can totes relate).

‘In 500 Characters’ is a collaboration with Talawa, the UK primary black led theatre company, and sees David take on the role of Adam. Adam is a carer for his grandma but when she moves abroad, he’s left to figure out who he is.

I’m a first generation light brown could be wanna be drag queen Mancunian who’s never been to Jamaica, Africa, Brazil Or Cuba.

The video is a personal confrontation of stereotypes of identity and race, and sees David in role of Adam go from confident drag queen to Mancunian seeking acceptance.

The dual heritage poet, playwright and performer from Manchester first brought his controversially visceral style to the stage with ‘Skipping Rope’, developed with Talawa Theatre Company and Box of Tricks. Since then, ‘Skipping Rope’ was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award and saw David invited onto Channel 4’s Screenwriting Course.

His Talawa Writers’ Programme commission ‘Pan Lid’ was developed with the Royal Exchange Theatre and presented by Talawa Theatre Company at HOME, spawning this spin-off short film, ‘In 500 Characters’.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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