Links

Putting on the Dish. A short film by Brian and Karl with all the dialogue in Polari.

The Bona World of Julian and Sandy. Several sketches from Round the Horne.

Bona Queen of Fabularity. 1981 BBC documentary about sea queen and drag performer Laurie Lee. (10.15 onwards, Lol describes how he got his name and then goes on to give a Polari lesson in the different types of queen including two of the lesser-known sub-types blob queen and black market queen).

Lee Sutton. Drag for Camp Followers. The Polari song Bona Eek starts around 6.47.

Dr Who February 1973 Carnival of Monsters episode 4, The Doctor (Jon Pertwee) talks Polari or “Tellurian Carnival Lingo” to some aliens (starting around 5.16).

The Old Bazaar in Cairo. A reworking of the famous song by Phil Starr with a killer Polari line at the end.

Heaven Documentary series Gay Life from London Weekend Television (1980) on BFI player. Drag entertainers talk about Polari (around 8.10). The documentary also covers the rise of the leather and clone looks from America.

BBC Voices. Interviews about language with gay men in Nottingham (26.45) and Cambridge (30.30), describing Polari. (The Nottingham one contains the only use of riahry (hairy) that I’ve heard.)

Piccadilly Palare. Song by Morrissey. “So bona to vada, oh you, your lovely eek and your lovely riah”.

The Polari Bible.  Let there be Sparkle! The whole Bible, translated into Polari.

Stuart Feather and Bette Bourne reminiscing about Polari.

What’s a Girl Like You 1969 Documentary via BFI player. This doesn’t contain any Polari but covers the late 60s drag scene in London and Manchester, with acts performing on the bar at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Reaktion Books. The dolly publisherettes of Fabulosa! Twitter: @reaktionbooks

Podcast on Polari. Interview with Fabulosa’s author, Paul Baker by Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist.

Paul Baker. Home page of your actual author. Twitter: @_paulbaker_

 

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