A new documentary called Kin of Kweens is coming to the RTÉ Player on Friday, June 25. The cameras follow a Cork-based drag family called Mockie Ah as they travel from gig to gig via campervan over their last weekend together before the pandemic.

Renowned drag queen Candy Warhol joined Ryan Tubridy in studio to discuss the upcoming project, her love of dressing up in eight inch heels, and her family's impressive legacy of entertaining on stage.

As it turns out, performing to the masses is nothing new to Candy's family. Her great grand-uncle was the late great Danny la Rue, one of the world's most famous and successful female impersonators or, as he preferred to be know, "a comic in a frock".

Describing la Rue as "RuPaul before RuPaul", Candy told Ryan that he was ahead of his time, providing family entertainment to audiences of all kinds: "When I'm at old theatres in London or the UK, I'll see his posters and I find it mind blowing. He had so many sell out tours and still so many fans".

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Speaking on her own experience of drag, Candy told Ryan that she loves nothing more than putting a smile on people's faces with an outrageous costume or fabulous wig. That very morning she managed to cheer up some RTÉ staff on their way to work with her Dusty Springfield-inspired look:

"Blonde 60s up-do - actually a little bit inspired by one of Danny La Rue's looks - and a pop art yellow 60s dress. I mean, just what you would wear on a Monday morning on RTÉ with Ryan Tubridy."

As well as getting a big reactions and being asked for the odd photo, Candy says that dressing up brings an element of confidence and performance to certain situations. Even a radio interview has her wearing eight inch heels and a full face of perfectly baked make up.

"That's hard to explain to some people," she says, "it's not like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, where the wig goes on and I turn into somebody else. It's like an armour, it gives you more confidence, and you also feel more in character because you're feeding off an audience."

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In the Kin of Kweens, viewers will see Candy in her role as Haus Mother as she brings a selection of her drag family, Mockie Ah, on a road trip around Ireland, gigging from county to county with a feel-good and inclusive show.

"It's essentially like being a normal mother but without any of the child benefits, so I don't get anything from the government," Candy deadpans, explaining the term 'haus mother' to Ryan.

"Imagine if you were starting out, you'd have a mentor and then you have a protégé. You're just teaching them the different tips and tricks that you've learned over the years," she says.

"When it comes to me with Mockie Ah, I produce and manage the shows so I would do everything from marketing to producing to making sure everyone is out on time, getting us that next gig, posting the show and making sure everyone is on point."

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The gigs themselves take place in all types of venues across the country but Candy has a surprising preference: "With Mockie Ah, we specifically don't house the shows in specifically gay bars or queer spaces. I like going to an old man pub and throwing a drag show."

"When we first started we would go to this tiny little pub called The Poor Relation in Cork and you would have a string of old men having their Guinness and then 60 or 80 people dressed up like crazy, people of all ages, all genders, all sexualities. All dancing around the place to a Madonna song. I think that's fabulous."

To hear Ryan Tubridy's interview with Candy Warhol in full on RTÉ Radio 1, click here.

Kin of Kweens will be available to watch on the RTÉ Player from Friday June 25th.