IN A DARK road, a new gay guy is beaten up by neighborhood thugs. It’s a standard scene, both in drama as well as in truth; also it’s no coincidence so it features both in associated with the big mainstage programs playing in Edinburgh this week, in the Festival and Playhouse theatres. In Cabaret, it is the growth of Nazi physical violence from the streets of 1930s Berlin; as well as in Priscilla Queen regarding the Desert, it is a number of rednecks in a little city within the Australian bush using it away on Adam (also referred to as Felicia), the young Sydney drag queen that has joined our hero Tick and their older trans buddy Bernadette on a riotous coach journey across Australia to Alice Springs, where Tick – now likewise a drag queen in Sydney – wants to reconnect utilizing the the son he fathered during a short youthful marriage.
Priscilla Queen of this Desert, Playhouse, Edinburgh **** | Still No Idea, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh ****
Joe McFadden, Miles Western and Nick Hayes celebrate most of the camp joys of drag
In line with the famous 1994 movie – with book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott – the 2006 phase musical type of Priscilla is a celebratory show that is coming-out excellence, revelling into the freedom to place queer tradition centre phase, and celebrate most of the super-camp joys of drag. This latest British touring version, featuring Joe McFadden, Miles Western and Nick Hayes catches all that exuberance that is explosive although Charles Cusick-Smith’s costumes are occasionally to date within the top as to appear more pantomime dame than glamorous drag queen.
McFadden acts beautifully as Tick (aka Mitzi del Bra), although he seems a color less confident with the dance; and there’s effective help maybe not just from their two other queens, but from Daniel Fletcher as Bernadette’s brand brand brand new admirer Bob, and also the three fabulous singing divas – Aiesha Pease, Claudia Kariuki and Rosie Glossop – who work as guardian angels. […]