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Jason Reid’s Cabaret Interview: This August, Jason chats to CYRO!

What I’ve always loved about cabaret in the capital in particular, is the rich variety. I never tire of discovering new artists and learning about their motivations.

Seeing new art from viewpoints that many of us may never be privy to if it wasn’t for considered programming by venues and promoters is something we ought to always celebrate and treasure.

With that in mind, it’s my great pleasure to introduce this month’s featured cabaret artist, blasian king and trans powerhouse Cyro…

Tell us briefly how you got into drag and what drives you as an artist.

I got into drag by accident, really. I was definitely interested in drag as an audience member when I was working as an actor. Around that time I also auditioned for a Maenad (worshipper role) of the god Dionysus who was played by a drag king. I ended up with the role of Dionysus and as it was an immersive piece, I was shot into the deep end. I’ve done drag ever since.

I am driven by black trans joy; connecting to queer ancestors and reclaiming our bodies through rage. I am a person whose existence is considered an abomination by their biological family so creating chosen family and community through my art is so sacred.

How did you decide upon the name Cyro?

Cyro is the name of an Assyrian king, and my biological mother is Assyrian. It was also the name of her cat as a child so I thought King with a pussy was perfect!

Proudest professional achievement to date?

My proudest achievement is probably still the same feeling of watching people be genuinely moved when I make a new act at a queer venue like the RVT or The Glory. I’ve hosted Birmingham Pride, and done The Globe in drag, but nothing compares to when drag feels genuinely punk and underground.

Do you think non-binary people are well and positively represented on the London cabaret circuit, and who are some of your favourite NB artists?

I think we’ve got some incredible non-binary talent on the London circuit. I’m part of the Enby show as a resident artist, so fellow artists like Carrot, Flick, Lusty lovelace, Shardeazy Afrodesiak (my drag son) are some of my favourites. The Enby show roster is full of Enby Excellence.

What does a typical Cyro show consist of?

A typical Cyro show consists of… punk, politics, fagottry and ASSSSSS.

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.

I definitely have the soul of Danny DeVito — angry, short, loving old man — and also a broadway child performer. I’m actually very camp
as a person and always have been. My public image is confidence, aggressive and political and thats absolutely me. But to those who know me theres a lot of softness and humour in me.

You can see Cyro perform as part of Khandi Shop Kings Edition on Friday 18th August at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY


You can catch Jason and his next Cabaret interview, right here next month. Give him a follow @jasonreiduk


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