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Review: Jason Donovan stars in Priscilla Queen of the Desert
10:36am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
To say this show is a bit camp would be like saying that King Lear is a bit tragic.
With an eye-watering array of costumes – including bell-bottomed, platform-heeled onesies and a mini dress made from flip-flops – and a score of disco floor-fillers from I Love the Nightlife to It’s Raining Men, this is a giant glitter ball of a show.
Priscilla is a battered old bus taking two drag queens and a transsexual across the Australian Outback. Along the way they encounter smalltown prejudice, unexpected romance and a friendship that blossoms throughout the colourful road trip.
Social attitudes and gay rights have moved on since the 1994 movie that inspired this musical, but it maintains a poignancy that blends well with all the camp fun.
Jason Donovan gave an impressive, moving performance as Tick, a troubled estranged father with a flamboyant alter ego, Mitzi Mitosis, and Graham Weaver was delightful as petulant, Kylie-obsessed Felicia.
But it was Richard Grieve who stole the scenes as transsexual Bernadette, capturing the grace, dignity, wit and wisdom of someone who has seen it all. Her flooring of a red neck bigot was a highlight in a show full of highlights. Strong performances too from Giles Watling as gentle Bob and Frances Mayli McCann as hilarious Cynthia.
Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner’s fabulous costumes were a character in themselves – once you’ve seen a cupcake ensemble high-kicking to MacArthur Park you’ve kind of seen it all.
A hugely entertaining show. Runs until Saturday EMMA CLAYTON