Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – Lichfield Operatic Society
Lichfield Garrick Theatre
Tuesday 20th September 2022 – Opening Night
By Nigel Gambles
Photography – Robert Yardley Photography
Priscilla Queen of the Desert storms in boldly and brashly, taking the audience on a whirlwind, drag-laced tour through not just the Australian outback, but also attitudes towards drag, transsexuality, and acceptance – while featuring a phenomenal back catalogue of karaoke classics to a glittery shoe
I have to admit I have neither seen the show or the film before so I knew I was in for a surprise. This fabulous production directed by James Pugh races through at a scary pace with songs and routines coming thick and fast which leaves the audience cheering for more. From the opening “Its Raining Men” to First Act closer “I will Survive” It was non stop..
In Pete Beck, Adam Gregory and Patrick Jervis’s performance of Bernadette, Felicia/Adam and Tick/Mitzi we are given life, love and a bit of lip- syncing. They are equal parts sassy and soft, while brilliantly bring their characters stories to life. All while managing to maintain a wonderful tongue in cheek playfulness and thankfully never taking themselves too seriously.
I have to add that the understated stars of the show who take the vocals and dancing to the next level have to be the ensemble who were truly magnificent and must be totally worn out at the end of the show with all the costume changes.
The show is witty and clever eliciting plenty of oohs and aahs. I cant finish this review with out mentioning the choreography. Charlotte Jervis has worked miracles putting together all the dance and chorus routines from her own very creative mind and taught with mazing skill and dedication.
It might not have the best storyline or the most complex or intense performance, but thats not what you are there for, you are there to be taken on an amazing colourful eye popping, sing a long with spectacular dance and an iconic musical score under the guiding hand of David Easto. I guarantee you will be up on your feet and dancing in the aisles by the end of the show.