Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is to hold the second Drag Idol competition at the Birdcage nightclub to raise money for the charity’s services for people living with and affected by HIV in Leeds. The event will take place at 8.30 at the Birdcage with a pre-party at Xibit on Monday 25 September.

Matthew Bose, who plays Emmerdale’s gay character Paul Lambert and is a supporter of THT, will be judging the event. Last year’s winner, Plenty O’Toole will be hosting the evening with the help of Blanche, resident DJ at the Birdcage, the glorious Miss Precious and the Birdcage cabaret crew.

The first prize for the Drag Idol competition will be an opportunity to perform at the new Birdcage Manchester with the possibility for future shows if the first appearance is successful.

The deadline for cabaret applications is the 18th of September. Duets are also welcome, for those who are too shy to climb onto that stage on their own!

Sharon Elliott, the event organiser at THT in Leeds said:

“This is such a fabulous event and a fun night out. I’m hoping we’ll raise over £5,000 for Terrence Higgins Trust this year.”

Birdcage manager, Marcus said:

“I love Drag Idol, and working with the Terrence Higgins Trust has really opened my eyes to the needs of people living with HIV. I am so pleased that the Birdcage can be a part of something that will make a huge difference to people’s lives.”

To find out more or to buy a ticket for the event please contact Sharon Elliott at Terrence Higgins Trust in Leeds on 0113 2364720 or email sharon.elliott@tht.org.uk. Tickets cost £4 in advance or £5 on the door.

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