Saint Dude is character I conceptualized in late 2010, primarily a drag king act aimed at creating a dialogue around misogyny in mainstream music, particularly mainstream hip hop. Saint Dude served as a means for me to explore gender identity, gender as performance and the dichotomy between sexuality and gender.
In 2011 I put out a call and started what would become South Africa’s first drag king troupe, Bros B4 Hos. The group consisted of Umlilo John, Corey Lingus, Freddie, Frankie Hard-on and Cole Steele Johnson. We performed in Cape Town at various events and venues. In 2012 a film maker by the name of Samantha Lea directed a film documenting the creation, performances and personal stories of the group. The documentary went on to screen at the Out In Africa Film Festival and received a large amount of international attention.
You can watch the documentary at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjFIQvzhwXA
I have since retired St Dude but Bros B4 Hos continues to thrive.