Getting to Know Flick DeBean

Photos by Joel Ryder

There’s a new cabaret queen in town, and she’s FERAL

If there’s one thing we really love, it’s a queen who has the ability to make us laugh, like howl our tits off with tears and snot kinda laugh.

So when Flick DeBean caught our beady eye during competition season (and yeah we know that’s practically all year round now – we can barely keep up either) we instantly wanted to know more about this effortlessly hilarious new drag being.

So this week Jason Reid popped her hair in a bun and scuttled off to do just that…


Who is Flick DeBean? 

Flick is an all-natural Essex gal with big lashes, big dreams and a big heart. She’s a hopeless romantic with a cheeky attitude and daddy’s credit card in her bra.

When and why did you first start performing? 

I first experimented with drag at drama school (she’s classically trained dontchaknow). Flick was born just three months ago, after taking part in the amazing Art of Drag course with Micheal Twaits. I love becoming another character, and drag is the extreme version of that for me.

Describe your performance style in three words. 

Bonkers but loveable.

You recently took part in Drag Idol and reached the semi-final stages. How was that?

Amazing! I applied literally on the deadline, cos I like to live life on the edge like that, and thought it would be a good way to test the waters. But it was even better than that.

Who are your drag idols? 

Virgin Xtravaganzah, Crystal Lubrikunt, Scottee, Timberlina, The LipSinkers, Son of a Tutu and Topsie Redfern!

What grinds your gears? 

People who say ‘we’re going to have a SHORT 15 minute break.’ It can’t be short and it can’t even be long, 15 minutes is 15 minutes, literally 900 seconds and that is neither long nor short. Gosh, I didn’t realise how much this has affected me. Someone grab me a large rosé spritzer. 

If you were PM for a day, what new law would you introduce? 

Mandatory viewing of Eastenders for all citizens EVERY SINGLE DAY. It is hands down a British legacy and should be taught in schools.

How would you describe the London cabaret scene to someone who’s never experienced it?

A big old chrome mixing bowl with all the most colourful and tasty ingredients you could want to make an absolute banging cake that is seven-days-a-week, something-for-everyone yumminess. It’s pretty amazing, not gonna lie.

What app could you not live without?

Google maps. I once spent 45 minutes attempting to read a paper map in Berlin but I ended up walking around the same square. So it’s safe to say I’d be totally screwed without it. 

RuPaul or Lily Savage? 

Lily Savage all the way. 

What’s your best asset? 

My legs. I LOVE them! They may be short but boy are they firm; they hold me up, get me from A to B, can bend and stretch all over the place and are pretty sexy to look at (just FYI).

Favourite venue you’ve performed at so far? 

RVT. It’s where the Art of Drag course was held and where I got to fully develop as a drag artist. Everyone there is the just the best. 

How would you describe yourself in a Grindr bio? 

Cute and Reliable. Overheats quickly but fully serviced and insured. Cheap to run and has had several previous owners. Ideal for first timers. 350 ONO. 

You’re throwing a dream dinner party and can invite any five people, who are they? 

My Nan, Henry VIII, Kathy Burke, Oscar Wilde and Victoria Wood. 

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know. 

I used to play the trumpet and do karate and I was really good at them. Until I went through a phase of thinking of them as not being cool or what a little gay boy should be doing. I wish I’d just gone “FUCK YOU” to all those negative thoughts and continued to become a badass trumpet-playing, high-heeled-Sensei. Who knows? Maybe I will…