Daddy Drag

Theatre (solo show)

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  • Accessibility:
    Signed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


This is a show about dads. Good dads, daft dads, dads who wear slogan t-shirts, dads that put on barbecues, dads that tell dad jokes, dads that are bad at dancing. This is a show about dads who are absent and dads who are not very good dads at all. Daddy Drag asks us to consider how the relationships with our fathers affect us for the rest of our lives. Leyla Josephine attempts to understand what it means to be a father through her witty performance style, drag costumes and complex but unconditional love for her dad.

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General venue access

  • Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Once into the courtyard, get to the front of the Royal Dick Pub, take the alleyway to your left, around the back of the large tent. Through the doors; the venue is then up the stairs.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Signed performances

  • Dates: 10 August, 17 August
  • Interpreter: Iain Hodgetts - Not Selected
  • Type: BSL
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Mark Wilson 81 days ago

Definitely one of the best I have seen this year.
Thought-provoking exploration of stereotypes, attitudes and lots more. Wonderful portrayal of OTT father figure, becoming more and more creepy and weird - yet engaging and leading us where we don't expect...

Julia Stubbs 83 days ago

'Daddy Drag' is brilliant - an incredible piece of performance storytelling from Leyla Josephine. It was wickedly funny and then heartbreakingly sad. Do not miss this!

Patrick Widdess 83 days ago

I came with a friend not knowing what to expect. It started as one kind of show and ended as something completely different. I will spare the details and let others watch it unfold as I did. One of the most ingenious and powerful shows I’ve seen for a long time. I hope many more people discover it.

Sarah Grant 99 days ago

Having come to see Daddy Drag after knowing Leyla through her poetry, I was initially confused about the format of the show, however, from the first sight of her be-speckled expression, badly glued beard and bump of a beer belly I was laughing. Leyla on stage presents an annoying, repetitive, problematic yet all to familiar portrait of a ‘typical’ dad, while audio testimonials from herself and interviews with her mum frame the show. The light hearted a slightly farcical spectacle becomes slowly more uncomfortable as you’re able to see the darkness and problems under this dad-joke exterior, and at once you’re seeing Leyla’s portrayal of what she remembers, and what she wishes she could change. At the exact moment she planned, I understood what she was doing with this show; it's about becoming Leyla. It is funny and tender and heart breaking and honest and although, in her own words, it doesn’t even scratch the surface, it is enough. More than enough. And it is beautiful.

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 76 days ago

In Daddy Drag Leyla Josephine presents a drag king character called 'Daddy' based on her own father. There's a recorded interview played with Josephine's mother as they discuss what kind of man her dad was. The drag king persona dons a discoloured vest and pants and painted on beard and...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 84 days ago

In this solo show, Leyla Josephine drags up as her late father to explore the complex and changing mix of emotions associated with their relationship, from childhood to adulthood, as she learns more about him and about the world. ...

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The Skinny (5/5 stars) 91 days ago

Men are encouraged to be emotionally repressed, so relationships with dads can be difficult. Honest discussion about feelings often seems to be replaced with an attempt by dads to play a role of entertainer: repeating their own catchphrases, getting a BBQ going and talking to everyone enthusiastically about what they...

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The List (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

Riotous and moving drag tribute to dads of all kinds...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

For Leyla Josephine’s Daddy Drag character, the controversial “Who’s your Daddy?” is a term of endearment. Drag king Josephine expertly plays a stereotypical version of her father with searing honesty. In his dirty vest and Y-fronts, the manspreading Daddy Drag cuts a creepy yet affable figure. He repeats the same...

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Exeunt 96 days ago

It is sometimes said that girls grow up to be their mothers, but where do their fathers come in? In Daddy Drag, Leyla Josephine introduces us to her drag persona ‘Daddy’. The show first seems a lighthearted, riotous drag king act exploring stereotypes of fatherhood. Yet gradually it peels back...

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