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Free Content Council House Movie Star: Que(e)rying the Costume

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Council House Movie Star (2012) originally started as a film enquiry exploring what happens when drag queens age, both off stage and onstage. The research expanded to include two further practice projects: an immersive gallery installation of a life-size council house and a fine art exhibition of the naked and costumed drag body. This article examines the quotidian experiences of a white working-class drag hero/ine and the costumed genderqueered skin. It discusses the queer costume of drag queens, including make-up and wigs. The article also explores the position of memory within the formation of costume for performance as a major theme within the creative processes and design of this project. This visual essay narrates the positioning of drag queens within the social realities of working-class life, thus producing an interesting contrast between the costume of chavs, B-boys and contemporary youth, against the queer and camp drag costume.

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Keywords: costume; drag queen; embodiment; fat; installation; performance; queer; working class

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Edge Hill University

Publication date: October 1, 2014

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  • Scene is dedicated to a critical examination of space and scenic production. The journal provides an opportunity for dynamic debate, reflection and criticism. With a strong interdisciplinary focus, we welcome articles, interviews, visual essays, reports from conferences and festivals. We want to explore new critical frameworks for the scholarship of creating a scene.
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