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Cabaret Interview: Snow White Trash

The sassy queen with the saxophone, Snow White Trash is a cabaret artist on the rise. She’s fast becoming a darling of the Brighton drag circuit and is about to make her Sunday debut at London’s iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. So it’s the perfect time for Jason Reid to have a catch-up with her…

JR: What’s been your highlight of 2022 so far?

SWT: Playing saxophone with Jake Shears on the main stage at Brighton Pride!

JR: What was Jake like?

SWT: Jake was amazing and such a generous performer. He took the time to properly introduce me to the crowd when I came on, and walking out there was something I’ll never forget. The stage had a thrust and before we went on he said to come down the front during my solos and really go for it. Bouncing off him onstage was some of the most fun I’ve ever had, and we both can’t wait to do it again.

JR: Now you’ve performed with Jake Shears, who else is on the wish-list?

SWT: I said to a friend about two years ago that one of my goals in drag is to play with Jake Shears and it actually happened! So, I guess I need a new goal now… Kylie seems like the next logical step to me. Anyone got her number?

JR: We’ve gotta talk about the saxophone. Do you perform with it at every gig, and how does it go down?

SWT: Apart from when I broke my hand (all recovered now, thankfully) my usual show is a mix of roughly 60% singing and 40% saxophone. Some songs I just sing, some songs I play entirely on the saxophone and get the audience singing along, and some songs — which have a sax solo already in, like Careless Whisper for example — I’ll sing and then play the solo.

JR: I get the impression that you’ve really found your drag stride recently.

SWT: It’s been a long journey from when I started way back at Madame JoJo’s in 2014, but since I moved to Brighton in 2019 I really hit the ground running. Ignoring the pandemic, I’ve been going from strength to strength, and gig to gig. I wouldn’t change a thing and I’m always so grateful to the Bedford Tavern in Brighton for giving me my first full-length solo gig when I moved here.

JR: One of your upcoming shows is a Sunday at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. How are you feeling about performing in that legendary slot?

SWT: I performed at a mixed cabaret night there years ago so to now be doing the Sunday slot is a bit of a full circle moment and a reminder of how far I’ve come as a performer. I love queer history as well so to be in such an important LGBTQ+ venue means a lot to me. At the end of the day it’s just performing songs in a wig and a dress, but the community of these spaces is so precious, and to be able to facilitate a moment of shared joy for the people around me is why I do my job. Favourite song to perform right now?

SWT: I never tire of playing I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston on the saxophone. I also did the Legends cabaret tent at Brighton Pride and having everyone sing along with me as I was playing was magical.

JR: Top three drag inspirations?

SWT: Dave Lynn, Joe Black, Wigs by Vanity.

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