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Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Theatre Royal Bath Review

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Theatre Royal Bath Review 
The ‘Priscilla’ in the title of this show is the name of the battered tour bus used by three highly colourful performance artists to tour the outback of Australia. Miles Western, Nick Hayes and Edwin Ray bring to life their vibrant alter egos in the curvy shapes of Bernadette, Felicia and Mitzi with more spangles and razzle dazzle than you can shake a stick at. It’s fun, it’s loud and if you love disco music, you’ll love this; full of classic anthems like Go West, It’s Raining Men and of course, Girls Just Want to Have Fun – which they do big time! Within the story of the three friends’ ambitious journey across the outback runs a theme of friendship, loyalty and true grit which sees them through adversity until they finally arrive at Alice Springs to deliver the show of a lifetime.

Produced by Jason Donovan who performed in the original West End production and choreographed by Tom Jackson-Greaves there are some stunning and highly energised dance routines that take your breath away. Executed with much pizzazz and an ever-changing array of extravagant costumes it’s a high energy and compelling production.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Theatre Royal Bath Review 

Miles Western as Bernadette takes the role and owns it right down to the last flounce of her wardrobe of slightly matronly crepe dresses, Nick Hayes as Adam/Felicia treads a fine line between the brash comedy and more solemn moments, effortlessly swapping between the two, and Edwin Ray is excellent as Tick/Mitzi, who has a foot in both camps (pardon the pun).

The Divas, played by Claudia Kariuki, Rosie Glossop and Aiesha Pease are in fine voice for belting out the juke box classics and getting the audience’s toes tapping; the show is very much a team effort and the company rocks together as one. I really enjoyed Gracie Lai as Cynthia; her eye-popping routine to Pop Muzik was quite something to behold; and Daniel Fletcher as Bob, her erstwhile husband, gave a stalwart performance as a man falling in love again in a way he never thought possible.

This is a musical adventure on a roller coaster ride along the way gathering a few cheesy puns, somewhat smutty inuendo as well as great singing and dancing. Maybe not to everyone’s taste, but full of exuberance, very entertaining, and a welcome respite in the current times of doom and gloom!

Jacquie Vowles
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Theatre Royal Bath Review 

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