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Simone French and drag legend Cheddar Gorgeous to reboot 'MIF Matchmakers'.

Simone French and drag legend Cheddar Gorgeous to reboot 'MIF Matchmakers'.

Theatre-maker Simone French and drag legend Cheddar Gorgeous are rebooting ‘MIF Matchmakers’ on 28 January, 6pm - a free online event connecting artists who are looking to start a new collaboration whilst in solitary confinement. The monthly sessions kick off again on Thursday 28 January, 6pm.

Cheddar and Simone say “MIF Matchmakers is a creative date-line to help local artists find the perfect collaborative match and also make all of us a little bit more aware of the amazing talent that we have here in the city. This is about growing connections between artists and organisations like the Festival. Each artist will talk about themselves, their practice and what they are looking for in a dream collaborative partner, or partners… no judgement here!”

Known for her unicorn, alien, and other fantastical drag performances, Cheddar Gorgeous is one of the UK’s most celebrated drag queens with over 112,000 online followers. The ‘drag daddy’ of the Family Gorgeous, Cheddar is one of the driving forces of Manchester’s Home of Fabulous, Cha Cha Boudoir, an infamous and inclusive late-night club cabaret for spectacular creatures. More recently, Cheddar is one of the stars of Channel 4’s new hit show Drag SOS.

Her project ‘Hero Worship’, developed through a recent Remote Residency with MIF, is a series of nine photographic portraits showcasing unique drag ‘looks’. Each ‘look’ is made up of specially-designed makeup design and costume pieces that pay homage to a different group of key workers serving our communities during the COVID-19 crisis. More here.

Emphasising strong female voices, Simone French is an unconventional theatre-maker, performer, vocalist and arts community facilitator.  She is Co-Artistic Director of TomYumSim - an outrageously absurd performance duo, known for queer participatory theatre and transforming unusual spaces into bespoke theatrical worlds.

Feedback from previous pairings: “It was a match made in heaven. These were the first people I’ve got to meet in lockdown, I found this queer friendly space and matched with an artist that is so exciting.” “Probably one of the best ways to meet new artists.”

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Published: 13-Jan-2021

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