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Institute of Contemporary Arts
August 2022
Maisie, dir. Lee Cooper, United Kingdom 2021, 76 min., English, 15

Old age is a drag in Lee Cooper’s delicious portrait of Britain’s oldest drag artiste: David Raven aka ‘Maisie Trollette’, who at 88 is still shaking his sequins after more than 50 years in the business.

Cooper’s focus is a special show: Raven’s 85th birthday celebrations in his (and Cooper’s) adopted hometown of Brighton. We meet Raven, reminiscing about his life on the boards. We meet Miss Jason and Dave Lynne, fellow South Coast drag royalty. And when we meet Walter Cole aka Darcelle XV, recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest performing drag queen, professional rivalries flare between our feisty dame and America’s regal queen.

As the big day grows nearer, Raven must deal with the challenges that performing in your eighties can bring. Cooper’s hilarious and heartwarming follows his journey towards the show of a lifetime.
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Thu, 18 Aug 2022
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