Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – Review
Now I’m sure we have all seen or at least heard of the great film that is ‘The Adventures of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert’ if you haven’t then you should really go and watch it! Starring Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp, as our three main drag queens, Mitzi, Felicia and Bernadette, the plot follows them on their journey across the desert in hopes of reaching Mitzi’s family. The famous stage musical adaptation has recently been touring the UK, and as it was in my home town I thought I would go and watch it.
Now just in case you didn’t know the story line for the show, here’s a quick rundown; ‘PRISCILLA is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of.’
With Celebrity Big Brother’s, Darren Day, playing Mitzi also known as Tick, I was rather impressed with his singing abilities. However it was very clear he was uncomfortable wearing the extravagant costumes and heels and seemed to struggle dancing in them, which is fairly understandable. If I had to dance around in platform boots I too would find it a bit difficult! The other characters had no problem with the costumes and makeup, my favourite character had to have been Felicia, played by Adam Bailey. He was absolutely brilliant and really brought Guy Pierces’ character to life, with great energy and impressive skills in his dancing, singing and acting he was the full package. Simon Green, who played the part of Bernadette, was classy and classic as ever, a truly talented man.
With seats up in the gods of the theatre I was concerned about visibility, however, I was rather impressed. With no restrictions, the height was actually useful. We got to see the whole stage and the pit band, which for me, was pretty cool.
As much as Priscilla Queen Of The Desert was enjoyable, there were still some elements that needed cleaning up, such as set changes and small things that really would have brought the show up a notch. Personally, I wished they had a different flooring on the stage, a pink scuffed up and scratched floor took away that kind of polish and cleanliness you want to see in this kind of show, it also made the whole desert setting a little less believable. So yes, the show had it’s flaws, but overall it wasn’t too bad. I seemed to enjoy the second half better, it was a faster pace, and it had more going on, whereas the first act felt like it dragged on, pardon the pun! Sadly there were a fair few technical difficulties during my show, but nevertheless all the actors performed brilliantly and as if nothing had happened.
With such well known songs it was hard not to sing a long, they had the row of women in front of us up on their feet, feather boas included! Priscilla Queen Of The Desert is definitely a girls show, but maybe for those on the younger end of the spectrum…I think the elderly couple sat a couple rows down learnt that in the first 5 minutes! But if you want a show guaranteed to get you singing along and laughing, this is a great choice. I definitely enjoyed and I’m sure you would too!