Review: Big Drag Pageant at Brighton Fringe

Spiegeltent launched the first sold out Brighton Big Drag Pageant hosting 22 kings, queens and in-betweens battling it out in front of a panel of judges on Wednesday (May 30).

Nosferatu stole the show with a winning performance from Arran Shurviton whose character mirrored F.W Murnau’s terrifying 1922 vampire creation.

Pictured (left to right): Winner Nosferatu,Miss Disney,Lydia L'Scabies andHerr

Pictured (left to right): Winner Nosferatu,Miss Disney,Lydia L'Scabies andHerr

Smashlyn Monroe came second with a brazen performance including strip teasing and skin piercing.

Alfie Ordinary, Brighton’s very own drag prince, hosted the show and organised the event with Traumfrau’s Roni Guetta.

Contestants were judged by Julian Caddy, managing director of Brighton Fringe, Kathy Caton, Brighton Gin maker and Out in Brighton LGBTQ radio presenter, cabaret performer Dolly Rocket and Canadian self-proclaimed Queen of Queerlesque, Rubyyy Jones.

Judges whittled the contestants down over three rounds until only two were left for the audience to cheer for and decide their winner.

Brighton Big Drag Pageant

Brighton Big Drag Pageant

Dick Day walked away with the Miss Congeniality award after winning the Instagram vote.