(Mark Revenhill's article appeared in The Guardian, August 23.)

The fabulous life of Bette Bourne

After four decades as a drag queen, actor and activist, Bette Bourne has more than a few tales to tell. Here's how I turned them into an Edinburgh show, A Life in Three Acts

I first met Bette Bourne 10 years ago, when I was researching the gay underworld of 18th-century London for my play Mother Clap's Molly House. A mutual friend suggested that Bette would be the perfect actor to bring into a workshop. I was suspicious at first, assuming – largely because of his name – that here was a pub drag act who had pretensions to working in the "straight" theatre.

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