Lilly Snatchdragon on The Invisible Cabaret Podcast (S2:E5)

‘I’m a Big Fan of Suppressing Stuff’

Smashing stereotypes and breaking chains with lilly snatchdragon

Oh BOY, do we have a treat for you. It was such an honour to go deep with the ridiculously talented icon that is Lilly SnatchDragon. Lilly is a multi-award-winning Neo Drag Queen Burlesque Performer, co-founder of The LADS Show and the all-Asian cabaret collective, The Bitten Peach. Quite a few trigger warnings for this one as things do get raw and real, but this just gives us more reason to love the CRAP out of her. As the kids would say, a queen who talks so openly and honestly about mental health? We have no choice but to stan.

Find Lilly online: @lillysnatch on Instagram & Twitter. You can also keep up with her latest show news on Facebook.

CW: extensive conversation about experiences of racism (especially first 23 mins) & PTSD throughout; suicidal ideation (25:13); grief, bereavement,  cancer, death of a loved one (27:50 – 34 mins); brief mention of vomiting (29:56 and 33:18); Atlanta shootings (37:38 – 37:50).
Lilly Snatchdragon in full drag glam, dressed in a hot pink mini-dress with a huge tulle skirt. Her legs go on for days.
Photo by Ayesha H Photography

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'I’m a Big Fan of Suppressing Stuff' | Smashing Stereotypes and Breaking Chains with LILLY SNATCHDRAGON The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & The Arts

Oh BOY, do we have a treat for you. It was such an honour to go deep with the ridiculously talented icon that is Lilly SnatchDragon. Lilly is a multi-award-winning Neo Drag Queen Burlesque Performer, co-founder of The LADS Show and the all-Asian cabaret collective, The Bitten Peach. Quite a few trigger warnings for this one as things do get raw and real, but this just gives us more reason to love the CRAP out of her. As the kids would say, a queen who talks so openly and honestly about mental health? We have no choice but to stan. Find Lilly online: @lillysnatch on Instagram & Twitter. You can also keep up with latest show news on Facebook. CW: extensive conversation about experiences of racism (especially first 23 mins) & PTSD throughout; suicidal ideation (25:13); grief, bereavement,  cancer, death of a loved one (27:50 – 34 mins); brief mention of vomiting (29:56 and 33:18); Atlanta shootings (37:38 – 37:50). *** Things mentioned in the podcast: East15 Acting School Miss Cairo: @prettymisscairo  Rubyyy Jones (@rubyyyjones) – listen to our episode with them here! Me the Drag Queen: @methedragqueen Familyyy Fierce Lolo Brow: @lolobrow Lilly's 'Thai Beginnings' act Maxi More @fairyprincessmermaidbarbie Kawaii: an introductory article Microaggressions: how to spot them & some suggestions for dealing with them Lilly’s 'Chains' act RVT Bitten Peach: @bittenpeachuk The Cocoa Butter Club: @thecocoabutterclub Stonewall advice for coming out later in life Visual migraines: link between headaches & PTSD Nervous breakdown: how to recognise one Signs of burnout Mark Anthony: @markanthony.dragking Polly Rae: @misspollyrae Atlanta shooting & how to help the #StopAsianHate movement — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/invisible-cabaret/message

THINGS MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST with Lilly snatchdragon:

Lilly Snatchdragon with her Bitten Peach family
Lilly with some of her Bitten Peach family: ShayShay, Jason Kwan & Evelyn Carnate. Photo by Corinne Cumming.

If any of the issues raised in this episode are affecting you, please do not be afraid to seek support. Help is available. The NHS website has a great directory to get you started.
If you enjoyed this episode with Lilly Snatchdragon, you might be interested to hear from Rubyyy Jones, who Lilly credits with getting her into drag & burlesque: have a peek!

Mark had to, like, cancel the gig, which I was so ashamed about because in my head that was, you don’t do that. ‘Cause obviously you’re a freelance performer and you’re kind of told certain things that you can’t cancel a show, you don’t cancel a show. And even in, you know, in drama school, if you can walk, you can work.

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Quote image with the Invisible Cabaret logo at the top. The quote reads: "My physical and my mental health didn't matter... It didn't matter until that moment where I just couldn't do stuff." Below it is attributed to Neo-burlesque performer, Lilly Snatchdragon. At the bottom of the image is a QR code with an instruction saying 'scan code to listen.' The background is a darkened, transparent image of Lilly in drag.
A quote from the episode from Lilly Snatchdragon

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  1. Tell us what you’re grateful for! We always end our shows with what has inspired gratitude in us this week, and we’d love to include your thankful thoughts too. You can send us a message any time you want to #GetGrateful, and we’ll put them in the Grateful Jar ready for the nearest episode recording. You can Tweet, message us on Facebook or DM us on Instagram with text, photo or audio, whenever the mood takes you. You can also email us: invisiblecabaret@gmail.com. Or – better still – send us a voice message!
  2. We are always on the lookout for guests. If you are an artist (of any description) with a mental health story to tell, email invisiblecabaret@gmail.com introducing yourself and your work, and we will send you more details about how to be a on a future episode of the podcast.
Edited and mixed by Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk.
Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod, available under license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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2 thoughts on “Lilly Snatchdragon on The Invisible Cabaret Podcast (S2:E5)

  1. I have only listened to some bits of your podcasts. But today I listened to the whole of lillies. We all have so much in common with our mental health. I work as a peer mentor and to be in a room with a handful of people sharing our experiences with no judgement is so liberating. The bonds we built are so strong, and helps so much to know we aren’t alone.
    Thank you for the great work you are doing, and the care you have to make this happen. I was going to Burlesque shows long before I realised I had mental health problems. In the dark days it was a becon of light for me to escape to.
    My thing to be grateful for is making time to listen to more of your inspiring podcasts. Thank you all so much ❤

    1. Paul, this is so lovely of you to take the time to tell us!!! We’re grateful for YOU 🥰 That’s made our whole week. So glad you got something out of the episode, we know Lilly will be chuffed too. Big love to you xx

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