I am a professional drag king, which is a male impersonator, as my alter ego Cesar Jentley. On stage and in film I explore gender identities, politics and sexuality, with stand-up comedy, singing/rapping, dancing, sketches, monologue and experimental performance art, to create cultural space for queer women, trans and non-binary folks in particular, though I am also thrilled by the response from and connection with more 'normative' or previously clueless folks too, every time.
My role for the past five years with Pecs Drag Kings has predominantly been as MC, creating a safe as well as scintillating space in which to hold the audience. With Pecs I have performed to consistently sold out audiences at a range of venues including The Southbank Centre, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The Royal Academy, Brainchild Festival, Latitude Festival, The Glory, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Brighton Pride, London Pride, The Yard Theatre and Soho Theatre.
Loose Willis and Cesar Jentley. Photograph by Thomas Moen.
I have also offered drag king workshops for new people to explore the form and gender at large, and am currently developing 'empowerment workshops’ in which I will be inviting people who are not necessarily intent on kinging to come and use gender-play to increase their general confidence, to grow their gravitas with help from Cesar and me.
I am currently working on collaborations with several kings, and am developing a new, less-binary drag character, all to be revealed soon...
More info is on my latest/right now page.
Cesar’s first ever gig, with Pecs, on the Battersea Barge in January 2014.
Sex Sex Men Men at the Yard Theatre. Photograph by Holly Lucas.
The Pecs lads, from left to right: Loose Willis, Victor Victorious, Scott Free, Ishmael (Izzy) Aman, Thrustin Limbersnake, Mr Goldenballs, Cesar Jentley, and Drag King Cole.