“Drag Heals” – do you have what it takes to unleash your inner drag?
RuPaul brought Drag Race into the homes of millions and made the once taboo art form mainstream. This newfound renaissance has inspired a new generation to explore the art of drag and challenge the constructs of gender.
Drag Heals is a documentary series that follows men who have always dreamed of letting their inner drag queen out! Deeply personal and raw, these Queens tackle prickly issues like gender identity, mental illness, heartbreak and feminism to better understand themselves and their queer experience in an otherwise straight world. A group of men, who have always dreamed of being drag queens, begin their journeys of creating their own drag persona. Throughout a 10-week course, the group learns all about what it takes to be a drag queen, before they perform for the public. See below for your chance to be the next show contestant.
These men (and aspiring queens!) enter Canada’s first ever Drag class to explore how to create a compelling drag persona based on personal experience. For most, this is akin to a second coming out process. The culmination of the workshops is a public performance where they will face down their fears of stepping into the limelight. Drag is typically viewed from a distance; Drag Heals gives unparalleled access to the creation of a performance that is more than just your average lip synch. The classes are structured so the men must reveal their true selves in preparation of their public performance. In order to do it, they must be brave and vulnerable.
As performance time draws near, the urgency to create a compelling piece our Queens to face down their nerves and personal demons in order to deliver a quality performance for people who have shelled out money to see just that. Deeply personal and raw, these Queens tackle prickly issues like gender identity, mental illness, heartbreak and feminism to better understand themselves and their queer experience in an otherwise straight world. All five episodes of Season One are available to screen on OUTtv or Border2Border.
Season Two is currently in pre-production, with plans to go to camera in January.
Call Out For Participants for Season Two
There’s a call out for Drag King and Drag Queen participants (Toronto based) for the second season, and those interested are invited to send in self-tape submissions starting in November. More info can be found here.
Produced by Border2Border Entertainment, that produces and promotes a unique brand of award-winning, critically acclaimed film, television and digital projects serving the powerful LGBTQAlly audience. Border2Border Entertainment’s films, television shows and new media have been licensed to content providers including VICE, Netflix, Amazon, Showtime, Sundance, HBO, Discovery, and many more making our home-grown Canadian content watched by millions around the globe. Border2Border Entertainment was founded by Charlie David.
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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.