The Alternative Miss Newcastle Pageant

Fri 23 March 2012 // 19:30 / Cinema

The Alternative Miss Newcastle explodes onto the arts calendar on March 23, with Divine Trash presenting the inaugural pageant at the Star & Shadow Cinema. 

Inspired by Andrew Logan's Alternative Miss World, a spectacular costume pageant and fancy dress party for grown ups, and 'The British Guide to Showing Off', a documentary which takes a joyous look at this most quirky and exotic subculture event.


Filmed over several years, The British Guide to Showing Off is a documentary exploration of one of this nation's saving graces.

Memorable highlights include David Hockney judging the first one, David Bowie not being able to get into the second, film director Derek Jarman winning the third and triumphing in a court case against the Official Miss World (with a little help from a young Tony Blair). 

The film features contributions from Brian Eno, Ruby Wax, fashionista Zandra Rhodes (who designed all of Andrew's hostess costumes), Richard O'Brien, Nick Rhodes and Grayson Perry.

Divine Trash

The British Guide to Showing Off



Alternative Miss Newcastle is open to men, women, those who identify as TS/TG or TV and all money raised will go towards organisations which tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

Celebrity judges will give you points based on style, originality and outrageousness, and are permitted to ask you questions. 

There will be prizes, including the lovely pink Alternative Miss Newcastle sash, shiny trophies, and a holiday!

Tickets are available at