An autobiographical show combining drag performances and storytelling is coming to Gala this week.

A Durham Book Festival fringe event, Drag Me to Love is a show by Newcastle-based theatre group Bonnie and the Bonnettes which follows the journey of teenage drag queen Cameron, set against a backdrop of pop anthems and glitter.

The show, about being young and creating a new identity, is based on the experiences of Cameron Sharp, one of the co-founders of the group.

“It was very important to us that all of the accounts, characters and events were true to my own experiences and we didn’t want to over-edit or glamorise anything,” he said.

“We wanted to simply put the real accounts in front of an audience in a fun and accessible way to allow them to think and make judgements for themselves.”

The actor, who came to the North East from Doncaster to attend Newcastle University, added that making his story so public was initially a daunting experience.

“It was scary at first but through the process of creating the show it actually became a kind of therapy – I found myself looking at experiences and events in a new light which has led to a sense of closure.

“By sharing my experience I feel I am able to educate and give insight in both an honest and entertaining way.”

Tickets for the show, which takes place on Friday, 13 October, cost £10 and can be bought by visiting www.galadurham.co.uk or calling the box office on 03000 266 600.

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