I’ve seen a few productions since theatres reopened but after experiencing Priscilla it really feels like the industry is back with a bang.
In an explosion of colour and energy, Priscilla the tour bus with its passengers Tick (drag name: Mitzi Mitosis), Bernadette and Adam (drag name: Felicia Jolly Good Fellow) burst onto the stage of Cheltenham Everyman this week.
They bring with them bundles of joy, extra helpings of cheekiness and enough feel-good fun to forget about the last year or so.
The trio travel across Australia meeting all sorts of people along the way, encountering both abuse and support, as they make their way to Alice Springs so Tick can meet his son.
The ingenious writing highlights each of the main characters' roles. Bernadette with her dry and quick wit, Felicia with endless naughty jokes and sass and Mitzi with such eagerness to keep everyone happy.
Their energy is infectious and it’s obvious how much fun everyone is having on stage. Each ensemble member beams throughout and you can’t help but beam back.
Audience were on their feet, clapping, singing and dancing by the finale and everyone left feeling elated.
The songs within the show include It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff and Go West which interspersed with well-delivered jokes and tender moments created balance and pace within the show.
It’s never going to win any awards for addressing serious issues within transphobia and homophobia but if you’re after a lighthearted and fun-filled evening guaranteed to leave you singing and smiling then look no further.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is at Cheltenham Everyman until Saturday August 14