Thu 17 Dec 2015
One of the things I really love about doing this blog is that I get invited to such a great variety of things. Last week I was at the ballet watching a beautiful performance of Cinderella – and last night I was at Edinburgh Playhouse to see the loud and proud hit musical Priscilla Queen Of The Desert. The two could NOT be more different. It makes life interesting!
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert is based on the 90s film of the same name. I had seen the film once, many years ago. But all I could remember was that it was about drag queens. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I knew it was one to see. Especially as it stars Jason Donovan, a childhood favourite of mine (in the days of Kylie and Jason).
The show is an explosion of colour, music and sparkle. It’s very funny and definitely for an adult audience only. I found myself smiling almost all the way through. The story is pretty simple. Three drag queens, Mitzi, Bernadette and Felicia, set out on an adventure through the Australian desert in a battered old bus named Priscilla. There were so many fabulous songs – I just couldn’t help but sing along. Don’t Leave Me This Way, Venus, I Say A Little Prayer, I Will Survive, Shake Your Groove Thing, Girls Just Wanna have Fun, Hot Stuff and so many more.
The costumes are completely amazing and absolutely over the top. My personal favourites were the cake dresses worn for the song Macarthur Park, after Bernadette actually does leave a cake out in the rain.
“Someone left the cake out in the rain, I don’t think that I can take it, Cos it took so long to bake it …”
On a serious note, the production tackles the important issue of tolerance and acceptance in society. The trio face much prejudice on their journey through the desert. But they convey a very positive message that if you’re a good person, you should always be proud of who you are.
This show is crazy, colourful and outrageous. I loved it! You can catch it at Edinburgh Playhouse until 2nd January.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA