Stories in drag for everyone

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Stories for all . . . Sacrilege Productions drag performers (from left) Miss Sadie Salome, Dr Andrea Woolf and Chicago Capricciosa look over some children's stories before their Drag Story Time reading on April 15, as part of Dunedin Pride Festival 2018. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

Dunedin drag performers will read children’s books about diversity in a Drag Story Time as part of Dunedin Pride Festival 2018.

Actors and drag performers Dr Andrea Woolf, Miss Sadie Salome and Chicago Capricciosa, part of Dunedin drag cabaret theatre company Sacrilege Productions, will share children’s stories of diversity during the event.

Drag Story Time is a new event for the Pride Festival and reading children’s stories will be a new experience for the drag artists.

“I have performed with Sacrilege, but this will be my first performance in full drag,” Chicago Capricciosa said.

“It’s going to be lots of fun to share the stories with the kids.”

Miss Sadie Salome loves to bring a touch of the southern belle to performance, and is looking forward to a special event.

“Oh, honey, it’s going to be fabulous,” she said.

Several of the books to be read during Drag Story Time have been selected from the OUSA Queer Support library and include Promised Land, by Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris; And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell; I am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel; and tales from Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.

Popular children’s favourites like Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, The Rainbow Fish, Curious George and If You Give A Moose a Muffin may also make an appearance.

OUSA Queer Support co-ordinator Hahna Briggs said Drag Story Time would be fun for everyone, as well as helping to draw the city into the festival’s “celebration of diversity”.

Drag Story Time is aimed at all the family and will be held next Sunday, April 15, from 2pm at the Pride Festival hub, 23 Princes St (opposite the Dunedin Community Gallery).

Presented by the Q-Squared Trust, the Pride Festival will be officially opened at the hub this Sunday, April 8, at 6pm, and will continue until April 15.

Events range from walking events, exhibitions and film screenings to the “Queerest Tea Party”.