Gay Project launches the first Drag School programme in Ireland

The course is aimed at anyone who wishes to create a vibrant new drag persona, and those wanting to enhance their existing characters and skills.

Portrait of Queen Mia Gold, the coordinator of the first Drag School in Ireland.
Image: Instagram: @QueenMiaGold

Gay Project has announced that they are launching the first-ever Drag School in Ireland. The 10-week course was created in partnership with Cork Pride, Cork ETB, and St. John’s Central College, and will kick off on Thursday, May 5.

Leading the troops is none other than Queen Mia Gold, a Portuguese drag artist based in the Rebel County. A previous winner of Drag Hen’s Den Ireland, she now dons the Programme Coordinator crown for the school, giving “you better work” a whole new meaning!

According to Gay Project: “This programme aims to enhance Cork’s continued history and contribution to the art of drag in Ireland. It seems to promote the vibrant culture of drag and support the ongoing evolution of drag in Ireland.

“Participants will learn valuable life skills, build their self-confidence and personal development growth.”

The course is made up of eight lessons, followed by a rehearsal evening, and finally, an end of term performance where students will serve what they’ve learned. Each week different special guests will host a tutorial on their chosen topic, and a certificate will be issued to each participant upon completion of the programme.

Week one’s lesson surrounds the drag herstory of Cork and Ireland, week two’s focuses on acting and comedy, week three looks at make-up for drag theory, and week four is all about hair. Week five deals with drag outfit styling, week six looks at persona and character development, week seven is all about choreography and movement, and in week eight, students will have a lip-sync and hosting tutorial.

“This programme is ideal for all drag enthusiasts,” says Gay Project, whether you’ve always dreamed of creating your persona, or are simply looking to enhance and improve your skills. 

Enrolment is open from now until April 15 with a tuition fee of €5, and applicants must be eighteen or over to take part. For more information and to secure your place at the first Drag School in Ireland, visit Gay Project’s website

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