Isaac Williams, known on stage as Mark Anthony, is a Drag King and Cabaret performer from the UK. After finishing an undergraduate degree at Oxford University and postgraduate study at Birkbeck College, University of London, Mark fell into drag through the LGBTQ+ community in London, and over the last seven years, thanks partly to a rare visual condition that hampered their ability to pursue other livelihoods, what began as a hobby turned into a full-time career.
Mark now performs across the UK and internationally and is the reigning Mr Boylesque UK. They are proud to be the first trans-masculine performer to hold the Mr Boylesque title in any country and is keen to increase the visibility of trans/non-binary performers wherever possible. Through satire, nostalgia, music and burlesque, they hope to pass on the feeling of empowerment that drag has given them, using it as a medium of social commentary about inequality, gender, identity, trans representation and queer joy.
Life as a Cabaret celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the underground cabaret scene, uplifting and representing those who are typically overlooked. With a focus on Drag Kings and Queens, Burlesque, Boylesque, and Queerlesque, this book showcases this incredibly dynamic and fascinating world for what it really is – glamorous, polished, and professional at times, but also intoxicatingly punk, inescapably queer, and gloriously messy.