THROUGH A BEADED LASH is about ways of seeing. The character who coins the term in the play, now showing at the Depot Theatre, is Brent … in his drag persona as Catherine. Brent doesn’t actually want to be a woman. The long lashes and gowns and wigs are just a structure for expression. Drag is its own art. It’s about perception. I have never donned a beaded lash but, from the sidelines, I saw the world that Catherine inhabited and I was ready to go back. And I am so pleased to have had the opportunity.
Adam seems to be an observer too. He is closing up his gay bookshop on Oxford Street after 25 years. He has seen the ‘Golden Mile’ through its heyday. As has Zoe, his informal business partner. They have known each other since 1984 and shared each other’s loves and losses. Having made a packet selling to a developer, Adam is ready to move on but Zoe needs a little reflective time. She has brought with her a chest of treasures from the 1980s. Will these half remembered relics open them to remembering or end up in the skip with the useless shop fittings? Continue reading THROUGH A BEADED LASH @ THE DEPOT THEATRE