Exploring The World of Drag Retreat
Friday 26th May - Monday 29th May 2023
You are invited!
Join us and unleash your inner queen at the
Calling all drag enthusiasts and beginners!
Are you ready to unleash your inner queen and explore the world of drag but you just don’t know where to get started? Join us and learn the top tips and techniques that will help you become the drag queen you dream of! The perfect retreat for anyone whether you are just dipping your toes into the world of drag or are already a seasoned queen.
How will this retreat benefit you?
Enter a safe and inclusive space where you can learn about drag and creating your own unique persona.
Learn from experienced drag queens! Bernie De Bra (One half of Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Bosom Buddies) will be sharing their top tips and techniques with you.
Create or develop your persona, become the fabulous queen you want to be!
Learn the top make-up tips and how to create the stunning look you want.
Discover how to wear the right wig for you! Learn about the different types of wigs and how to look after them. All from the renowned wig-maker and dresser from the West End Peggy Eighteen!
Become part of a supportive community that will help you grow and embrace the beautiful queen that you are,
The dream team are ready and waiting to show you the way!
What else is included and where is the retreat?
Three nights accommodation at High Trenhouse.
All your meals for the duration of the retreat.
Secluded privacy and exclusive access to the peace and tranquility of High Trenhouse, a beautiful 18th Century converted farmhouse, located in the stunning beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Click here to see this beautiful venue.
Don’t miss this opportunity to express yourself, make new friends and have a blast!
Spaces are limited and we don’t want you to miss out… Register today and become the queen you want to be!
Early Bird Price: £649.00 per person.
Learn from seasoned queens!
Spend time with professional seasoned drag queens Bernie de Bra, Peggy Eighteen and our very own May Hemme and immerse yourself with the experts into the world of drag. Learn their professional tips and techniques that will take your inner queen to the next level. Get all your questions answered, you will gain skills on all things make-up, wigs, creating the character you want to be and the perfect look you desire! Above all else you will become part of a supportive community that wants you to be the queen you dream of!
Places are limited so if this is something for you then make sure to secure your place now and become the queen you want to be.
Meet your Queens!
Bernie de Bra
With 35 years in the entertainment industry Mark Stuart-Wood has had a taste of just about every aspect of the industry. From writing his own musical "If I can Dream", which premiered at the Lowry theatre to performing to 13 million people in the live finals of Britain's Got Talent TV show as the drag act Bosom Buddies.
As an actor Mark performed the role of the cowardly lion at Cardiff Millennium Theatre with great reviews, to the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for the Forward Theatre Company. He has performed the role of Fagin 3 times firstly in the original Dickens story at Wakefield theatre and then in the musical at Southport theatre and the Middleton arena, Manchester.
As a director and teacher Mark is well placed to understand the process of accessing character in a fun and holistic way. He hopes everyone will discover, not only, a new aspect of their personality but to be able take something away with them to enjoy in life in general.
Peggy Eighteen (Chris) is a wig dresser and maker who's worked freelance, on tour and on the West End. She’s been on many tours over the years but recently she has joined the cast of 9 to 5, Anything Goes and Pretty Woman in Town! As the queen of the wig quick change she has lots of experience to share! Wigs are Peggy’s thing and even has a room at home with hundreds of wigs in.
Her wigs have turned up on the heads of people such as Imogen Heap, Celebrity Juice's Keith Lemon and YouTuber Trisha Paytas. Every Halloween she sees a new generation of dozens of her Winifred Sandersons and Mrs Doubtfires being sent out into the world!
May Hemme is an established queen in the form of a blonde bombshell. A singer by trade she’s ended up in all sorts of venues, including singing on board The Northern Belle train and on Carnforth station platform. As you do. She’s sung all over the UK and even across the pond in the good ol’ US of A.
May has a real love for the vintage look but with a true drag twist. She has learned her make-up skills from seasoned professional drag artists and understands how intimidating it can all feel when you first start out. She will talk you through the basics to help you create your look in order for you to develop and find your queen. You’ll have time to ask questions and she will make the scary seem easy.