Oh wow! He's queer! Queering Panto in Belfast: An Interview with Ross Anderson-Doherty
AuthorCampbell, A; McTighe, T
EditorEdwards, M; Farrier, S
Source TitleDrag Histories, Herstories and Hairstories Drag in a Changing Scene Volume 2
University of Melbourne Author/sCampbell, Alyson
AffiliationVictorian College of the Arts
CitationsCampbell, A. & McTighe, T. (2021). Oh wow! He's queer! Queering Panto in Belfast: An Interview with Ross Anderson-Doherty. Edwards, M (Ed.). Farrier, S (Ed.). Drag Histories, Herstories and Hairstories Drag in a Changing Scene Volume 2, (1), pp.177-193. Bloomsbury.
Access StatusOpen Access
In this chapter, based on interview with performer Ross Anderson-Doherty, the authors examine the ways in which the panto form might be queered – an especially charged project in the particular locality of Belfast, North of Ireland.4 The chapter focuses on how Anderson-Doherty works to queer panto, largely in the role of the dame, through casting, rehearsal processes and in performance. In the Cabaret Supper Club and in panto, Anderson-Doherty is performing to largely heterosexual audiences, and he highlights some of the challenges he has faced, but also the sorts of queer interventions he has been able to make through performance. His approach to gender and his lived experience, coupled with the range of his work, have often clashed with the culture he works within, leading him to identify and adopt a set of strategies we might see as queering the spaces and artforms he engages with.
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