Produced by Allan Scott and inspired by the 1994 film written by Stephan Elliott which instantly became a cult classic in both Australia and the UK, Priscilla tells the story of three friends; two drag queens and a transsexual, who travel together on a journey around the Australian outback. With miles to go and a show to perform, the three friends each have their own dreams to fulfil and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. It is a heart-warming show that, behind all the camp exuberance, has a meaningful story to tell which celebrates people who are different and who live their lives in an unconventional way.
The production touches on issues of homophobia and deals with the problem of society not accepting people for who they are and how they have to face hatred and prejudice along the way. Aside from the dazzling array of unique and eccentric costumes, the set is innovative with an impressive use of a disco ball which makes you feel like you are right there in the disco. The old tattered Priscilla minibus was a main feature of the show, representing a party bus and allowing many scenes to take place around it.
The characters are interesting and likeable, each having their own vibrant personality and way of expressing their story to the audience. All of the lead actors were brilliant and excelled in their roles. Duncan James plays the drag queen Tick, who has some powerful and touching scenes when he meets his son for the first time. James was joined by Simon Green as ageing transsexual Bernadette, and Adam Bailey as Adam, also known as the fabulously bitchy Felicia, who both carried their roles with ease; Adam added humour and flamboyance to the trio whereas Simon added class and humour. All three were note-perfect and the delivery of some fabulous killer lines had the audience in stitches. As a trio they worked fantastically well together, finding time to produce some genuinely tender moments in among the crude jokes and outrageous performances.
Keeping the performance together were the three 'divas', played by the extremely talented Lisa-Marie Holmes, Laura Mansell and Catherine Mort, who accompanied most of the performances while hanging above the stage.
The atmosphere was electric, everyone was singing, clapping (and where they could) dancing. It is a feel good show that you will not forget. The costumes and effects were spot on, It was Fun, Feisty and Fabulous from beginning to end you are made to feel like you are part of the show as the sets are brought to life by the cast and music, it’s Colourful, Touching and 100% Camp you can’t help but leave feeling the Gaiety of the night.
For me, the best part of the show has to be the amazing soundtrack which features a perfect combination of dance floor classics and power ballads that will have everyone dancing and singing along: What’s love got to do with it, Can’t get you out of my head, I will survive and girls just wanna have fun. The song sung by Duncan to his new found son ‘Always on my mind’ had me reaching for my tissue.
Fabulous must see production.
Reviewer: Katie Leicester
Reviewed: 25th August 2015
Priscilla runs until the 29th August 2015 and you can buy tickets HERE!