Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Edinburgh Playhouse Review


Queen of the Desert
Edinburgh Playhouse

15 December 2015 to 2 January 2016

Reviewed by Dawn Watson

I loved the original film so was delighted to go along to see this gloriously camp, flamboyant, utterly sparkly and over the top show.

The story tells of two lip syncing Australian drag queens and an old style transsexual who go on a memorable desert trip in the beautiful bus ‘Pricilla’. Heading to Alice Springs to resurrect their act for Tick’s wife – although neither of his friends know that he has a wife and son back home in Alice Springs.

The whole show is glitzy and glam with amazing singing and dancing to really get the atmosphere with the crowd uplifted.

The opening act sees the ‘three divas’ singing Downtown with full orchestra and disco balls showering us all with pink glittery lighting, and there amongst them is Jason Donovan, who plays Tick, throwing open his overcoat to reveal sparkly tights and glitzy panties, and right before us we see him magically transformed into his alter ego lip synching Tick. Who knew Jason Donovan had such a good body! There were more false boobs, feather boas, heels, whips, and leather than you can imagine but superbly done with such flamboyancy you couldn’t keep your eyes off the three main characters. I loved Felicia played magnificently by Adam Bailey, he was superb, truly over the top cabaret with much gusto, pizzazz and his fabulous one liners; “The cock in Frock on a rock” one of my favourites. And Bernadette played by Simon Green brought old style elegance to his part, you were warmed to her character, and could feel her passion and pain… the chemistry between her and Felicia was quick witted and at times hilarious!

The staging, lighting and music were brilliant, you were carried along on this magical sparkly journey with them all – the three divas voices were tremendous, loved them. The costumes just as you would imagine, completely outrageous, colourful and pure fun which had my friend and I talking about them all the way home… a flip flop dress, paint brush dresses and our favourite – cupcake with a candle on top! The male dancers have to have a mention – they danced with gusto and charm, loved them.

This show is not in my opinion a family show as there was plenty sexual innuendos, swearing etc. and so perhaps keep the kids at home… but if you love a truly camp, flamboyant and totally over the top feel good show then this is one for you… a show which will have you singing, clapping and laughing all at once… Fabulous Darling!

And any Jason Donovan fans – you won’t be disappointed – his voice is still amazing, as is his body!

Rating: 4/5

Tickets cost from £14 to £52.50 (plus £4 transaction fee).

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is at the Edinburgh Playhouse until 2 January 2016.  For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3014.

Edinburgh Playhouse, 18–22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA | 0844 871 3014

4 Star

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