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What a drag! Now ‘queer per­for­mance’ is a de­gree

A master's course in ‘queer performance’ offered by a drama school has been branded a ‘Mickey Mouse degree’.

The Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, Kent, known for acting alumni including Gary Oldman and Tom Baker, plans to run the 15-month postgraduate course from September.

The course will include a module on ‘Thinking Queerly’, and will be led by ‘acclaimed scholar of drag’ Stephen Farrier. Costing £11,000 – international students will pay £18,000 – it is billed as the ‘first MA of its kind to focus on queer performance, [offering] training in a range of queer performance practices, delivered by renowned queer artists, theatre-makers, academics, and researchers’.

Conor Holohan, of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, told the Telegraph: ‘Far too many Brits are taking up Mickey Mouse courses like these with few economic prospects.’

Sir John Hayes, of the Common Sense Group of Tory MPs, said: ‘Danny La Rue, Paul O’Grady and my particular favourite Barry Humphries didn’t need a degree to know how to dress and perform as a woman’.

Danny La Rue as the Merry Widow Twanky in Aladdin at the London Palladium

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