Each month we’ll champion two amazing drag queens, DJs, or community heroes in the gay scene. Our March spotlight falls on drag icon and performer Trevor Ashley.

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How did you come up with your drag name?

I originally was Alexis Coupe (‘cause I loved Alexis Carrington on Dynasty) and then we changed it to Cleopatra, so I was Cleo Coupe for years until I ditched it in favour of my own name…

 What was your first time in drag like?

It was fun! Scary, but I had a great time. I thought I looked amazing (I didn’t).

Who taught you how to tuck?

I can’t actually remember. I think I worked it out somehow.

Who is your drag inspiration?

Mitzi Macintosh was always my hero. So funny and brilliant.

Most embarrassing onstage story?

When I fell over while doing Priscilla the musical dressed as a cupcake, and I couldn’t get off the floor because of the hoop skirt. I just lay there with my arms flailing.

Favourite song to lip-sync to?

I sing live so I love to do I Am What I Am – cliche but true!

Most overrated song to lip-sync to?

Hmm. I think I Will Survive is getting there.

What advice would you offer new performers?

Watch and learn. Try and see everything you can. And learn how to sew and do hair – I never did!

What does a normal day look like for you?

Emails and administration and organisation most of the time. It takes a lot of work to make things happen in theatre.

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