RuPaul’s Drag Race star wins Best Performance in a Musical at the UK Theater Awards

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A RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star received a major theater award for her portrayal of an East German “slip of a girly boy” who lives bitterly in Kansas after failed gender reassignment surgery.

Divina de Campo won Best Performance in a Musical at the UK Theater Awards on Sunday, one of three awards for the day’s biggest winner: Leeds Playhouse.

De Campo starred in a revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a stage musical that became a film of the same name that initially failed but has since achieved cult-like adoration.

It tells the story of Hedwig, born as Hansel Schmidt, who falls in love with a GI and is forced by him to move to America so that he can undergo surgery that allows them to marry as husband and wife. It goes wrong and the GI leaves on their first wedding anniversary.

De Campo – whose alter ego, Owen Farrow, is not binary – was The Vivienne runner-up in the first series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK on the BBC.

In an interview with the Guardian, De Campo described the musical as a “really, really gay Rocky Horror Show, if possible”. It was a co-production between Leeds Playhouse and Manchester’s Home Arts Center.

De Campo, who grew up in Brighouse and now lives in Manchester, said her award shows budding filmmakers don’t need to be in London to do groundbreaking work.

He said: “In fact, there are a lot of really interesting and exciting jobs going on around the country and you can make a career out of wherever you are.”

He added that the award showed the growing importance and marketability of queer stories. “I think it’s the recognition that not only is queer-led work good, but financially more than feasible. You know, it’s always about economics! “

The Leeds Playhouse was also named the friendliest theater in the UK, while Laura Hopkins and Simon Wainwright won the best design award for Dracula: The Untold Story, staged in the theater.

The UK Theater Awards are the only nationwide awards honoring theatrical achievements across the country.

Other winners included Mugabe’s semi-autograph, My Dad and Me by Tonderai Munyevu, a work that traces the rise of the dictator through the writer’s personal history, which was named best play.

The Best Music Production Award was won by the Curve of Leicester for his version of Billy Elliot the Musical, a show described as “unforgettable” by the Guardian, which awarded him five stars.

The Best Director Award went to Elin Schofield, Robert Hastie and Anthony Lau for Rock / Paper / Scissors, a daring theatrical premiere in which a cast performed three plays simultaneously in the Crucible, Lyceum and Studio Theaters in Sheffield.

Giles Terera won Best Performance in a Play for the Bristol Old Vic production of The Meaning of Zong and Nishla Smith won Best Supporting Performance for Kes at the Octagon Theater, Bolton.

The awards, which were not organized last year due to the pandemic, were presented at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall.

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