As protests against LGBTQ+ inclusive education return to Birmingham schools and spread nationally, a new kind of drag show hopes to inspire and change perceptions.
FANTABULOSA!, a pop-up interactive drag show for kids aged between three and eight, embarks on a national tour across the UK over the summer to spread the message of inclusivity, diversity, and self-acceptance.
The free interactive drag storytelling cabaret show incorporates some of the stories featured in the No Outsiders programme, subject of the recent protests at Parkfield Primary School.
Created with a cast of the UK’s leading drag artists, including Manchester’s Donna Trump, the project aims to celebrate difference, teach children about diversity and self-acceptance, and increase visibility for LGBTQ+ communities in public spaces.
Performances begin on 26th and 27th May at Salisbury International Festival before returning to Birmingham on Saturday 1st June at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Director of FANTABULOSA!, Adam Carver said: “We are in the middle of an extremely difficult time for minority communities in the UK and particularly in Birmingham.
“With rises in homophobic and Islamophobic hate crime and the fiery debates around education coming to we want to create something positive to counter that narrative, to build bridges, and debunk some of the misconceptions about LGBTQ+ people.
“We want to show people that LGBTQ+ inclusion isn’t something to be afraid of but something that should be celebrated and can help us all to grow. In many ways, we are making the show we wish we could have seen when we were kids.”
Check out the tour dates below to see when you can step into the magical world of Fantabulosa. Best of all, you don’t even have to book – just turn up and enjoy the fun.
TOUR DATES (More dates to be added shortly)
- Salisbury International Arts Festival – May 26 and 27
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – June 1
- Greenwich+Docklands International Festival – June 22 and 23
- Didsbury Arts Festival- June 30
- Hat Fair (Winchester) – July 6 and 7
- Pride in Hull – July 20
- Stockton International Riverside Festival – Aug 2 and 3
- Devizes Carnival & Devizes International Street Festival – Aug 26
- The Civic Garden Party; The Civic, Barnsley – Sept 14
- Derby Festé- Sept 28