A hearty hello to one and all, I’m Dan! Born and bred in Colchester, I went and studied American and English Literature at UEA...and have been in love with Norwich ever since. My degree gave me so much – beautiful friendships, a broader appreciation of literature and even a year abroad in America (the place of my drag debut I might add!). I love to read and I listen to music constantly, but performing will always be at my heart. Having experience under my belt working with Attitude Magazine, I love the chance to absorb any and all LGBTQ+ culture. May my wit be sharp and opinions be well founded!
Your ultimate desert island disc track: Kill The Lights by Alex Newell & DJ Cassidy with Nile Rodgers.
If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why? Hands down, it would be the Victoria & Albert Museum. A gorgeous building with an endless number of things to look at and appreciate. However, the main reason is so I could try on all the historical fashion; strut through the halls in a 1930s garment under the pale moonlight.
What was the last book you didn’t manage to finish? I can never leave a book unfinished, but the one I’ve found the hardest to get through was Brideshead Revisited. Having enjoyed The Great Gatsby, I was half hoping Brideshead would offer something similar. However, I found it to be a little too starchy and old England for me. I pushed through because it was a birthday present from a friend, but I guess I just like my 1920s/30s to have a lot more decadence and debauchery.
If you could have written one play/novel/poem/song, what would it be and why? Probably The Inheritance, an absolutely beautiful play by Matthew Lopez. A mix of humour with raw emotion, its discussion of the HIV/Aids Crisis and the lasting impact it's made on the LGBTQ+ community throughout the generations is heart-wrenching. I’d love to have written it, but it’s also a dream to perform as part of its cast one day.
What was the last book that made you cry, or laugh out loud? (or both!) The last book that made me laugh out loud…and nearly have a little cry, was Camp by L.C. Rosen. An LGBTQ+ YA novel, it was filled with so many cute yet cringey moments I just can’t help but having a giggle over (or even a mini conversation with myself out loud haha). As for the crying, it was just so wonderful to read something so inclusive and that covered such important topics about gender, sexuality and identity.