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REVIEW: Death Drop Back in the Habit – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Death Drop: Back in the Habit is the latest in what is fast becoming a drag-theatre franchise. In a previous incarnation, a murder mystery, this iteration is inspired by the slasher genre.

Billed as “The Sound of Music meets Scary Movie”. “A gaggle of fierce nuns are confined to their convent, but their peace and tranquillity is shattered by a serial slayer, slashing their way through the Sisters.” Thrown into the mix there’s a visitor from the Vatican, sent to find a missing priest. It’s up to Mother Superior and the eclectic sisters of St. Babs to save their convent and some souls.

The plot is more holey rather than holy but no-one is expecting high art here. It is filthy-minded, potty-mouthed, not for the easily offended, but full of fun. Writer Rob Evans would hands down win the prize for the most innuendo packed into a two hour show. However, despite a relatively short running time, it does suffer from constant repetition of the same tropes: frequent pregnant pauses and a funny but oft-repeated running gag. It also doesn’t know when to end, and fizzles to a finish rather than going out with the expected big bang.

Peter McKintosh’s set is relatively simplistic but it is actually hugely atmospheric and it is lit to perfection by Rory Beaton. Judicious use of dry ice and some ropey looking props all add to the madness.

The familiar faces in the cast are a hugely talented bunch: cis-gender drag queen Victoria Scone as Mother Superior, the much-loved Cheryl Hole as Sister Mary Berry, Kitty Scott-Claus is Sis Titis, drag king LoUis CYfer is Father Alfie Romeo and drag superstar Jujubee as Sister Maria JulieAndrews. However, with all this talent in the room, there’s a niggling feeling that the material isn’t serving them best. They give it their all, but there’s drag royalty on this stage, a better script, a better storyline and they could have given sooo much more. Drag Queens and the slasher genre is a match made in heaven.

Stand out is Victoria Scone whose theatrical training shines through, they are absolutely magnetic and pitch perfect throughout. Impressive too is Jujubee, already known for a killer sense of humour, they pull off the physical comedy with aplomb (complete with a respectable English accent). Fan favourite Cheryl Hole is grossly underused, but shines when given the opportunity.

If it’s a raucous, rollicking night out with your pals you are looking for, then Death Drop: Back in the Habit is the show for you. If you’re easily offended – then maybe not.

Continues touring | Image: Matt Crockett

Originally written for the Reviews Hub 

 

REVIEW: Sinderella – Motherwell Theatre

Capitalising on the British public’s insatiable appetite for all things Drag, producer Joseph Purdy has brought adult pantomime to the nation this winter with their naughty fairy-tale Sinderella, starring UK drag royalty Divina De Campo as the evil Baroness DDC and RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Stacey Layne Matthews as the Fairy Drag Henny.

Essentially it has all the elements of the traditional Christmas pantomime tale: wicked step-mother; two ugly sisters; Buttons, the lovelorn side-kick; Dandini; Prince Charming and our heroine Cinders. There are colourful sets and lavish costumes, dance routines and high energy pop hits, however, that’s where the similarities with the family story start and end. Not for the faint-hearted, it’s an innuendo-packed smut fest from start to finish. That said, it is absolutely hilarious and the hugely talented cast feed off the audience energy so much with quick-fire asides, it all runs 45 mins over the running time.

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Queen Divina is a polished pro, from head to foot, word, note and step perfect, De Campo is phenomenally talented and adds that extra level of gloss on top of the glitter-sprinkled festivities. Davey Hooper has the stand-up comedian’s gift of audience manipulation as the cheeky Buttons and US Drag favourite Stacey Layne Matthews is in fine form but croaky voice as the Fairy Drag Henny, often looking slightly bewildered at the insanity that is UK pantomime. Worthy of note are our two ugly sisters Jamie Campbell – THE Jamie of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie fame and Troy Harris – are truly fantastic, Harris in particular is a superstar in the making. Britain’s Got Talent’s Rob King and Ibiza Weekender’s David Potts, give it their all to round out the cast as Prince Charming and Dandini.

Combining two of Britain’s best-loved entertainment traditions – drag and panto – means that it’s no surprise that this is a sell-out success. Bawdy British fun at its best.

REVIEW: Jinkx Monsoon and Ben DeLa Creme – All I Want For Christmas is Attention – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Ben DeLa Creme and Jinkx Monsoon are back in Glasgow at the atmospheric Old Fruitmarket with their all-new seasonal spectacular, All I Want For Christmas is Attention.

The two Seattle Super-Queens make for an unlikely, but absolutely perfect pairing. DeLa is billed as ‘all sugar’ and Jinkx ‘all spice’ but their two very different Christmas/Holiday ideals provide plenty of laughs.

All I Want for Christmas is Attention marks DeLa’s first producer credit for an international tour, and there’s a lot at stake, but, if the full auditorium and the audience reaction is anything to go on then she has nothing to worry about.

Presented like a 1950s Holiday TV special, but with 21st Century sensibilities and content. There are sketches and songs, and plenty of bickering, and of course, lots of glam costume changes. There’s an undeniably warmth, and feel-good atmosphere about the whole evening and the fact that these are two of the most accomplished queens on the scene means that they know how to structure a show. For all the crazy content this is as professional as it gets.

A masterclass in polished, elevated drag, that plays to the special talents of its stars, this is a pairing not to be missed.