DRAG KING

Drag king per­former ex­cited to be at Cape Breton Pride

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN nicole.sul­li­van@cb­post.com

Flat Out Fab­u­lous Diva show set for Saturday.

The drag kings are back in Syd­ney for Cape Breton Pride and for Lau­ren Coughtry it’s a chance for her to let loose and feel free be­ing who she re­ally is.

Coughtry is a drag king per­former from Hal­i­fax who is one of the per­form­ers at the Flat Out Fab­u­lous Diva Show tonight.

Smyth Ryan is her drag king name and she called him a “more con­fi­dent ver­sion” of her­self.

“When you are in drag, it sort of feels like you’re some­one else. So you can say or act in cer­tain ways that you nor­mally wouldn’t be­cause he’s some­one else and he washes off at the end of the night,” she said with a laugh.

“For me, Smyth is a very dif­fer­ent part of my life. I have two dif­fer­ent Face­book pro­files for me and him be­cause I don’t al­ways know how peo­ple at my job are go­ing to re­act to him and drag and every­thing, so I try to keep that out of it.”

A net­work ad­min­is­tra­tor who works with the RCMP and In­sur­ance Ser­vices Canada, Coughtry said some co-work­ers know about Smyth but many don’t.

“There are other peo­ple who don’t hide it at all. It must be nice. I don’t know how they can get away with it but all the power to them,” ex­plained the Waverly na­tive dur­ing the phone interview.

“That’s the nice thing about per­form­ing with th­ese queens and kings. We don’t have to hide any­thing like that. It’s a nice open space where we can just be our­selves.”

Coughtry doesn’t do com­pli­cated dances when she does her lip sync num­bers at drag shows. And she will never host. But she is big on im­per­son­at­ing peo­ple.

“I try and make sure that my look re­sem­bles the artist and that my words are bang on, like 100 per cent, so I can make up for be­ing an awk­ward dancer,” she said with a gig­gle.

Freddy Mer­cury, the lead singer for rock band Queen, is one of her favourites to per­form and she ad­mit­ted he will be there for to­day’s event, even though she doesn’t usu­ally ruin the sur­prise of what peo­ple will

see at her shows.

For peo­ple who have never seen drag be­fore, Coughtry warned your stom­ach might hurt af­ter it is over.

“It’s probably noth­ing you have ever seen be­fore. And de­pend­ing on who the hosts are you are probably go­ing to have a sore stom­ach from laugh­ing so much.”

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Lau­ren Coughtry is a drag king per­former. Her king side is Smyth Ryan and he is per­form­ing for Cape Breton Pride tonight at the Flat Out Fab­u­lous Diva Show at the Hol­i­day Inn in down­town Syd­ney.

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