156pp. 2006. Currency Press. Paperback. Very good +.
"Sydney and drag form a natural alliance -- the brisk, glittering city on the edge of a stunning harbour and the glamorous, biting performance style that thumbs its nose at convention." -- So begins Langley's journey into the world of Sydney drag, a performance culture that has become internationally famous. In this lavishly illustrated book we meet some of the city's leading contemporary performers -- Claire de Lune, Vanity Faire, Polly Petrie, Mitzi Macintosh, Dorreen Manganini, Verushka Darling, Maxi Shield, Miss 3D, Joyce Maynge and Portia Turbo -- and the men behind them. Through a series of candid portraits the artists detail their backgrounds and skills, the rituals that precede their performances, and the relationship between the private and public personas. A fascinating book which illuminates the appeal of drag to a wide audience and celebrates its contribution to Sydney's life.