Hull-based events company Rich T Events will present an ambitious digital drag show, Thru the Queer Hole, with over 50 drag acts from around the world raising funds for Black Lives Matter UK and trans rights charity Mermaids on Friday, July 24 at 7pm GMT, FREE but donations encouraged.
Making up for a summer of cancelled events, the event will be a fun and fabulous platform for all kinds of drag, from pageant stars to comedy queens. Performers include Cheddar Gorgeous (Drag SOS) and Cheryl Hole (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK), through to Rock M Sakura and southern belle Dax Exclamationpoint (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK).
Ted Burr of Rich T Events said: ‘Hull is facing a summer of cancelled events from Pride to the Freedom Festival, so we felt that we had to find a way to bring something to the local community that was a big celebration that everyone can join in with from in their own home.
‘It’s an exciting prospect to find ourselves in, being able to reach out to so many artists, and have them come together, not only to entertain but also raise money for charity too.’
Members of Yorkshire’s own Cabinet of Queeriosities will also share the screen with stars such as Honey Davenport, Kasha Davies and Ongina from RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as Boulet Brother’s Dragula season 2 winner Biqtch Puddin, to raise money for Black Lives Matter UK and Mermaids, a charity helping gender diverse young people and their families.
Ongina said: ‘It’s heart-breaking that Pride events have been cancelled all around the world, but it’s exciting to see the new ways people are finding to help celebrate such an important event for the LGBTQ+ community.
‘During such unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever for us to connect, and spread positive messages into the world, that are inclusive of all of us. Celebrate your life, because life is a celebration.’
The show will be streamed online via Twitch and Facebook and viewers will be encouraged to donate to both causes, as well as tipping the drag kings and queens involved in the show, who have all given their time for free. There are also set to be special video messages throughout the show from local, national and international icons from the LGBTQ+ community.
Despite the international pedigree of the artists, the show will retain its Hull flair, featuring appearances from Lord Mayor Steve Wilson, the Hull Roundheads inclusive rugby team, and local legend Bobby Mandrell.
The show has been supported by Hull businesses including Fuel, Propaganda, Furley & Co, LW Plants, The Star, Savile Row, Dram Shop, Old School House, and Jack Rabbit Slims.