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Review: Queen’s Theatre’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will leave audiences wanting more

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:28 03 May 2018

L-R: Daniel Bailey, Mark Inscoe and Tom Giles star as three drags searching for fame and their dreams in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Picture: Mark Sepple.

L-R: Daniel Bailey, Mark Inscoe and Tom Giles star as three drags searching for fame and their dreams in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Picture: Mark Sepple.

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It’s not often that I leave the theatre after watching a show, thinking that I want to immediately see it again.

L-R: Mark Inscoe, Daniel Bailey and Tom Giles take to the stage for the opening night of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Queen's Theatre.L-R: Mark Inscoe, Daniel Bailey and Tom Giles take to the stage for the opening night of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Queen's Theatre.

The production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch promised plenty of sass, laughs and glamour, and I am happy to report that it did not disappoint on all counts.

A trio of unlikely performers, Bernadette, Adam and Tick, set out on an adventure across the Australian desert in a battered bus named Priscilla, hoping to fulfil their dreams of fame and stardom.

The three drag queens quickly discover that as much as their varying personalities can cause them to clash, their differences mean they can also learn from each other.

Mark Inscoe revives the role of Bernadette, a glamorous transsexual who represents the earlier style of drag.

She often clashes with Adam, played by Daniel Bailey, a young stylish drag queen who is obsessed with Kylie Minogue.

Finally, Tick, played by Tom Giles, is the one to initiate the journey out into the Australian outback on the hazardous bus, called Priscilla.

L-R: Tom Giles, Daniel Bailey and Mark Inscoe perform well-known hits such as I Will Survive and Finally in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.L-R: Tom Giles, Daniel Bailey and Mark Inscoe perform well-known hits such as I Will Survive and Finally in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Priscilla, was a key feature of the show and the cast creatively manoeuvre the spectacular prop around the stage.

A few technical glitches with sound didn’t take away from the performances, and I’m sure they will be ironed out as the show progresses.

Bernadette, Adam and Tick quickly get the audience on their side with amazing lip-sync performances and stunning costumes.

Their survivalist sense of humour helps them overcome vehicle trouble and unwelcoming punters in the desert who can’t comprehend their way of life.

A welcome surprise was the incredible multi-skilled talent of the chorus, performed by Miracle Chance, Michael Cuckson, Molly-Grace Cutler, Clara Darcy, Natasha Lewis, Tom Self, Lauren Storer, Josh Tye and Lemuel Knights who was a finalist on BBC1’s The Voice.

The chorus members took on multiple roles, often switching between playing trumpets, guitar and the piano on stage whilst singing, dancing and acting - their characters sometimes threatening to steal the stage from the drag queens.

Despite not having seen the film starring Terence Stamp and Guy Pearce, that the musical is based on, I was still laughing along with the audience at all of the jokes and witty one-liners from the characters.

With so much going on, I often found myself not knowing where to look because I was finding entertainment from all corners of the stage.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will be performed until May 26.

Visit queens-theatre.co.uk for tickets.

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