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.
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.
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.
Drag queen, musician, stand-up comedian, entertainer, entrepreneur.
After a successful UK tour in 2018, All Stars 3 winner Trixie Mattel returns in May 2020 for a full length theatre tour!
Trixie Mattel is not only a major pop culture figure but a stand-up comedian and musician with talents that defy classification. Trixie’s coming to the UK on tour with an exciting electro-folk reinvention. Expect to feel that you’ve landed in a PeeWee Herman video, with some surf rock and a love for 60’s country music. She’s listening to a lot of Fountains Of Wayne and Apples In Stereo, collecting mod Barbie dolls and watching Brady Brunch reruns!
Trixie Mattel has broken major ground as an entertainer, first rocketing to national fame when she competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race’s seventh season, and later coming back to win the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. She co-created and currently stars in the wildly successful comedy web show UNHhhh in the US with fellow Drag Race alum Katya Zamolodchikova, which was later adapted into the Viceland program The Trixie & Katya Show. Aside from her musical and television accomplishments, Trixie is the subject of the documentary Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, and she is also launching a cosmetics line, Trixie Cosmetics, this year.
For more information please see: http://trixiemattel.com
Sun 31-May-2020 Festival Theatre Edinburgh
Wed 03-Jun-2020 SEC Armadillo Glasgow