Cardinal Copier – UK

Performer name(s): Cardinal Copier (GHOST Impersonator) Characters performed: Cardinal Copier, Papa Emeritus III, Papa Nihil

Where do you live and perform: I live in Stafford, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Gender (in muggle world): Genderfluid

Age: 33

Muggle day job:  Customer Service Representative

 

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Cardinal Copier, Staffordshire, UK. Photograph, Dean Wootton. Makeup Cardinal Copier. Costumes PSG Vestements and Bolts.Of. Rohan. Modified by Cardinal Copier

 

Length of time performing: I’ve been performing on and off for 15 years, but only really as a ‘male impersonator’ for the last 9 or 10. In Staffordshire, which is sort of this nice, pleasant conservative, Countryside it’s not easy to get drag gigs and if there are, they’ve never really heard of kings. So I’ve been mostly doing skits at home for instagram and tiktok and where possible, getting on the stage at comic cons.

What you refer to yourself performance wise: I consider myself a male impersonator, but I do refer to myself as a drag performer.

Why do you perform?  The thrill of entertaining, the thrill of playing off of an audience, honing my craft, the adrenaline.

How would you describe your performance style: Sensual Slapstick Satanism. Lots of comedy, interspersed with Ghost Songs.

What /who inspires you: I am heavily inspired by Tobias Forge and the characters Papa Emeritus III and Cardinal Copia. The Characters, being Pseudo Satanic clergy are very theatrical and a lot of fun to embody as the hedonism makes for a lot of entertainment for both myself as a performer, and for the audience. Almost like someone getting permission to be their most outrageous self. Isn’t that what drag is really about?

From a drag perspective, Adam All helped me develop a make-up design I was comfortable with and helped me understand male contouring. I really enjoy watching their tutorials on youtube, and seeing them go from Jen to Adam was mesmerising.

 

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Cardinal Copier, Staffordshire, UK. Photograph, Dean Wootton. Makeup Cardinal Copier. Costumes PSG Vestements and Bolts.Of. Rohan. Modified by Cardinal Copier

 

Some information about your costumes: The costumes are mostly custom made from Etsy sellers and Vestement stockists. Mostly modified from traditional Catholic Vestments and modelled on the Cardinal’s own wardrobe. There’s a lot of tightness involved and sometimes, flamboyant, glorious black cotton with diamante detailing, leather with silver buttons and hand stitched regalia.

Your favourite act (of your own or someone else’s): I really do love Adam All’s ‘We don’t have to take our clothes off’.

Biggest challenge as a performer: Overcoming my own body image issues. Projecting confidence through someone else entirely. Literally.

I am fat, and whilst I love the idea of embracing the body, no matter what, there are people out there that won’t let you love yourself, the way you are. I decided to take the comedy, and twist it on its head. Make the comedy part of my act, and make it enticing.

Some of your achievements: I have lectured on characterisation and costume. Reached 666 followers on Instagram (A hell of a number), met the Cardinal himself in cosplay and got his seal of approval. Performed on several stages across the UK at conventions.  Gathered a following of fans and friends from different walks of lifes, in different countries, and learned from them as well as teaching others what I have learned.

Social media handles, any links you want to share (click on name to get link):
Cardinal Copier, instagram

Cardinal Copier, Facebook

Cardinal Copier YouTube

Something you would like to tell readers:

Whilst I cosplay an existing stage persona, consider if a tribute act… With some cheeky comedy on the side.

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Cardinal Copier, Staffordshire, UK. Photograph, Dean Wootton. Makeup Cardinal Copier. Costumes PSG Vestements and Bolts.Of. Rohan. Modified by Cardinal Copier

Richard Reckless – UK

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Richard Reckless, Drag King from Brighton, United Kingdom. Photo and makeup by Richard Reckless.

Performer Name(s): Richard Reckless

Where do you live (and perform) : Brighton, United Kingdom

Gender: Female/ gender Fluid

Age: 29

Muggle day job: Film Maker/ Voice Over Artist/ Head of Returns at a well-known Footwear Company

Length of time performing: Around 4 years

What you refer to yourself performance wise: Drag King/ Drag Artist

Why do you perform? Because I love being on stage, I love to create, and I explore gender constructs and challenge perceptions.

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Richard Reckless, Drag King from Brighton, United Kingdom. Taken at Brighton’s King of the Fringe // Source: PhotosbyDavid  http://photosbydavid.org

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Richard Reckless, Drag King from Brighton, United Kingdom. Photo by Lu Radford- Makeup and Costume Richard Reckless and Weeze Cooper.

How would you describe your performance style?  Alternative and Punk

What /who inspires you?  Punk music, country music, films and tv

Some information about your costumes: I generally dress in a punk style as my drag alter ego was born from my love of punk music. Being a singer and lyricist in a punk band before I ever tried drag gave me the confidence I now have, to perform in front of people. My punk stage performances were the root of where Richard came from. I also have dressed as Donald trump as a reptilian and as one of my favourite characters from one of my favourite films- Quint from Jaws.

Your favourite act (of your own or someone else’s) and why: I like my performance of Gay Bar because I get to be silly and over the top. I also very much enjoy performing my own music as I get to portray my own messages and beliefs. I also like performing my own music because I get to perform with my friends and band.

Biggest challenge as a performer: I get very nervous and doubt myself before shows

Some of your achievements: I have appeared on channel 4’s body fixers as a drag king. I also have been a drag king extra in the BBC show ‘ Cuffs’. Last year I competed in King me: Rise of a Drag King. I have also competed in King of the Fringe and have run my own drag and burlesque cabaret night in Brighton. Additionally, I was the lead singer of Brighton’s only drag king punk band. I also starred as Pinkie in the Brighton rock redux by Richard Dedomenici.

Social media handles, any links you want to share:

Instagram: Katastrophic1 , Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RichardRecklessDragKing/, twitter :https://twitter.com/RichieReckless1

Something you would like to tell readers:

I have a brand-new project coming up which is very exciting. I am working with two very talented musicians on an entirely new undertaking. This is going to be something special. I can’t say too much right now except for watch this space. We are DJ Chick’en and the Cuntry Roosters and we can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with you all! Expect the unexpected. Something  peculiar is coming this August. 😛

 

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Project by Richard Reckless, drag king from Brighton United Kingdom.