Feature: Queen for the Day, trying out drag for the Guardian / by Susanna Forrest

Participants on the full course spend the first day on hair and makeup, discovering and developing their drag personas, then work towards a showcase performance a week later in which they are encouraged to "think big". "If you want to be singing Shirley Bassey while the Titanic goes down behind you, then that's what we'll try to do," says Ivan. "And the funny part is the gap between the dream and the result, when someone drops the Titanic and your wig falls off."

A feature for the Guardian. (7th May 2004)