How much do you know about the British tradition of drag? British drag artists are the “punks of performance”, according to Ginger Johnson, who has written, directed, designed and performs in a show that brilliantly illustrates and celebrates this tradition.
How to Catch a Krampus is the latest offering from Sink the Pink. After a decade of huge club nights and parties “in need of glitter”, and two special seasons in a performance space created at Selfridges, this renowned drag collective ends its tenth birthday year at The Pleasance with its first-ever theatrical residence.
The show is a mad and macabre combination of music hall, Victorian melodrama, British horror and panto – and lots of queer jokes, pop and musical theatre references and bountiful bawdiness.
Think Sweeney Todd. Think Shockheaded Peter. Think The Wicker Man. At the centre of the story is the Eastern European myth of the krampus, a horned beast that terrorises naughty children. Can a part-time spirit medium and full-time con artist save a child, and her own skin, by catching the krampus?
For last night’s post-show Q&A, I was joined by Ginger Johnson and two of her fellow How to Catch a Krampus cast members, Mahatma Michael and David Cumming, as well as musical director Sarah Bodalbhai and Alicia Jane Turner. After lots of fun and laughter, my final question was taken from the show: are humans inherently good or inherently bad? Another great answer from Ginger. Watch the Q&A in full below.
The two charities mentioned during the discussion, which Sink the Pink are supporting during the run, are: the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre and ELOP, an East London based mental health and well-being charity also supporting LGBTQ+ people. (Follow the links to donate.)
Event photography by Darren Ross.