Pride 2010 Interview: Michael Twaits

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Pride 2010 Interview: Michael Twaits

Currently dazzling London with his one-man show Confessions of a Dancewhore, we spoke to its star Michael Twaits, aka drag queen Lady M. about London Pride 2010.

What are you looking forward to at London Pride 2010?

Well there's a lot going on - cultural events (for example my show or Bison at the Oval) and then there are the nights out, the march, the post show parties, etc. I'm really looking forward to my last performance on Saturday night. I think it will be a rowdy one as a lot of the audience could have been out being Proud all day. I'm sorry I won't be able to join the whole march as I'm doing a matinee at 3 but I think it will be a great day.

How does it compare to Prides you’ve been to in other cities?

I've done Pride in Brighton, Manchester, Liverpool and London. They all have their own vibe but the thing with London Pride is the sheer scale. In some ways, I prefer the smaller community and slightly more local feel to some of the other ones.

How has London Pride changed over the years?

It's a fun day but it seems to be more about marketing and consumerism. That's why I'm so delighted that this year they seem to be attempting to bring some of the politics back - celebrating 40 years of liberation. This year, there seem to be more cultural events and more options other than partying and drinking - and this has to be a good thing.

What are your funny London Pride stories, tips or secrets?

My main tip is not to get too drunk too early in the heat of the day! At my first Pride, I was in Trafalgar Square with my boyfriend at the time looking happy and we were approached by a TV crew. The next thing I know, I've signed release papers and I'm appearing on a BBC3 documentary discussing penises. I never saw the programme air but I'm certain it will come back to haunt me at some point.

Michael will be appearing in Confessions of a Dancewhore at Trafalgar Studios until this Saturday. Tickets are available here.

Last Updated 02 July 2010