Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Real Transformation

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Real Transformation

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STRIKE a pose. With all the sass of Madonna's Vogue, this is a glamorous US drama about the underground world of 1980s ball culture.

The balls were a place where the LGBT community would gather and compete for trophies or prizes with their dancing or vogueing, costumes and attitude.

Created by Ryan Murphy, who "brought us Glee and American Horror Story, this has a lot of dramatics and a lot of heart.

It begins in 1987 in New York under the sparkle of a disco ball, with people strutting in overthe-top costumes for the House Abundance.

But some members nicked gowns from a museum for the ball, so there's a police raid.

It all feels a bit overwhelming first, with a lot going on, but give it 10 minutes and it soon settles down.

We meet Damon, 17, who's just been caught dancing and in possession of a gay magazine. …

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