I caught up with cabaret scene-stealer Fagulous ahead of a return to the stage with Theresa May’s Legs Akimbo at The Glory in London.
When did you start creating the drag persona of Theresa May?
I had my eye on her when she was Home Secretary, but it wasn’t until she haphazardly ‘won’ the leadership contest in 2016 that I first donned my grey bobbed wig. My first outing was at the Christmas special of my monthly cabaret show where she sang The 12 Days of Brexit.
Then I started doing her at loads of different gigs - and bang, she hit us with that snap election, which was great fodder for me. I produced a general election broadcast spectacular with through-the-night live coverage as Theresa May - that was a very long night!
Is Theresa May someone who is easy to characterise?
Theresa May is definitely one of the easiest politicians to satirise. The crooked hunch, the grey bob cut matched with her penchant for outrageous shoes and gaudy statement jewellery, it’s as if she modelled herself on the drag queens prowling around Soho.
Is this a political show?
Theresa May’s Legs Akimbo is all about poking fun at how ridiculous politics is right now, both on the left and the right - no politician is safe! It’s like a camp Carry On film meets Dead Ringers for drunk punters in East London.
Have you been working on characters based on other members of the Tory party, just in case there’s a sudden leadership challenge?
My Theresa days are undoubtedly numbered, but I’ve got my eye on a few front-benchers. It’s difficult though - ’Andrea Leadsom’s Legs Akimbo’ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. I’m also known for my outrageous Ann Widdecombe routine, but I doubt she’ll be making a return to politics anytime soon.
What do you hope people feel when watching Theresa May’s Legs Akimbo?
I hope the audience leave feeling that - somehow - they’ve managed to get a good laugh out of the mess we’re all in. But my show is a bit like the European Union, pay to get in but there isn’t a hope in hell that you’re leaving early!
- Theresa May’s Legs Akimbo is on at The Glory, London: 9 August 2018
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