Queuing up for the event, I was joined in the queue by a crowd of people I didn't even know existed before. Feathers and sequins stood alongside rubber and studs, PVC was worn proudly on Oxford Road as people gawped from the Palace Theatre across the road and all things unusual, glamorous and strange paraded into a cinema screen where I craned my neck around a three foot wig to catch a glimpse of the Drag Messiah (sic). Outside, the show had been 'picketed' by angry librarians bearing placards proclaiming "Peaches is not the only fruit", 'angered' by their negative depiction in the film. Obviously they later stormed the auditorium.
The alterego of filmmaker Joshua Grannell, Peaches Christ is a character he developed during his time creating his filmed thesis at university. Though she became known on the stage of the now legendary Trannyshack stage in San Francisco, it wasn't until the debut of Midnight Mass, her regular midnight movie screenings that began two years later, that Peaches became the name that she is today. With her profile rising as her shows increased in popularity, it wasn't long before every screening sold out, with the likes of RuPaul, Mink Stole and the great John Waters himself attending the horror-themed events.
So with Peaches Christ finally coming to Manchester again this Saturday, it seems only fitting that she has invited the brightest stars of the Manchester Drag Scene to join her for her triumphant return to the Cornerhouse. Alongside Peaches and the infamous Lady Bear, the stage will be graced by Grace Oni Smith, Anna Phylactic, Cheddar Gawjus, Liquorice Black, Lill and Violet Blonde, as well as UK drag duo the Ultra Violets and San Francisco performers Hugz Bunny and Shemantha. Performing alongside the cult sci-fi classic Barbarella starring Jane Fonda, Bearbarella promises to be a delicious spectacle of gender-bending irreverence and I, for one, can barely (bearly) contain my excitement.