Drag performers across the globe have been taking part in digital events in order to earn money during the pandemic.
After venues were forced to close, drag queens and kings turned on their webcams in order to entertain audiences from home.
The government has come under criticism for its approach to supporting the arts industry during the pandemic, with chancellor Rishi Sunak suggesting people “should retrain and find other jobs” in October.
Bournemouth performer Delatrix said: “The government needs to step it up big time for the creative industry in general.
“Drag is expensive to do, all the money I make from shows go back into creating more for the audience to enjoy, so more support to this huge industry would be so welcomed.”
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Fans of drag have been supporting their favourite queens and kings during the pandemic, with one fan Ellie Bonthorne aiming to attend one digital drag show every week.
Ellie said: “After a long week at work, I really look forward to being able to watch drag – it really brightens up these evenings when we are all apart.
“Being able to support performers and thank them for entertaining audiences is such a good feeling – I would really recommend a digital drag show if you need just a little pick-me-up.”
Although digital drag has helped many performers survive, Delatrix says they hope to return to an in-person setting soon.
Delatrix added: “it’s hard for smaller performers who don’t have the equipment and the stage to perform like some others do, so I’m looking forward to getting back to performing in person.
“It’s definitely been harder for people to get their name out there during this time, which is a real shame.”
Watch Buzz News’ interview with Delatrix and Ellie Bonthorne in the video below: