In this episode Ruth, Robyn and Luca queer the iconic ballet that comes around every Christmas: The Nutcracker with music by Tchaikovsky. We discuss heteronormativity in ballet, gender roles and their toys, etymology, how rats could be queer icons and the best drag act around - the sugar plum fairy. We had such fun doing this episode and hope you enjoy it as much as we did, because, well, it's a cracker! (apart from a slightly rough around the edges edit, because you can't get everything right at this time of year) For your reference we watched the Russian Ballet full version available on You Tube for all to see, but of course there are numerous iterations and we also discuss Matthew Bourne's production. Merry Queermas everyone!