In the 1960s, eight transvestite performers and drag artists revolutionised sexual behaviour and challenged the conservatism of Brazil from Rio de Janeiro’s Rival Theatre – Divine Divas tells their story.

Challenging the country’s rigid morals at the height of Brazil’s military dictatorship, the artists created a defining moment in the struggle for human rights and individual freedom.

As the first Brazilian theatre to stage men dressed as women, the Rival was run by Americo Leal, the director’s grandfather. Still a family run theatre today, Leandra Leal explores the role it also had to play.