About this item
Some foxing to the page edges. Inside and dust jacket in very good condition.
When Beatrix Von Watzdorf graduated from St Andrews University with an MA in Modern History, she discovered that she knew a great deal about nineteenth-century revolutions and twentieth-century Scottish dinner parties, but rather less about realising her true passion - becoming a professional performer. Undaunted, Bea set out to take London's Theatreland by storm.
Eighteen months and countless rejections later, she arrived at the conclusion that an Equity card and a big wig might not be entirely unrelated. Further armed with stilettos, fake fur and a lot of bravado, she teetered into Madame JoJo's Club Extraordinaire for her cabaret audition and promptly fell face first onto the stage. She landed a principal role, however, in Paul Raymond's renowned transvestite nightclub and found herself hurled into the life of a drag queen. 'Queen Bea' had been born. There was only one difference: Bea was a woman, posing as a man, posing as a woman.
In a series of extracts from her diaries she takes us through the often hilarious, frequently agonising workings of the infamous club, from the backstage dramas and personality clashes, to the ever-changing cast and their increasingly ludicrous routines, audiences ranging from royalty to hen nights and a vicious circle of wild parties, inflated egos and shattered dreams.
It is Bea's sensitive determination to understand those around her that brings this book out of the ordinary. Through a series of interviews with her colleagues, she attempts to demystify their lives, as they struggle to come to terms with themselves and society.
- Watzdorf, Beatrix von
- Used: very good
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- Andre Deutsch
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