Drag king performer excited to be at Cape Breton Pride
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.”
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.