This fun-filled musical is filled with plenty of heart and great music – despite lacking in a solid plot.
There is no denying the fondness and enthusiasm that audiences have for this classic tale of trying to be accepted by people. But as entertaining as it is, it feels as though it is lacking emotion in places.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert tells the story of Tick (Darren Day), Bernadette (Simon Green) and Adam/Felicia (Adam Bailey) who jump onboard a battered old bus in search of love in friendship – but end up discovering more about themselves along the way.
Helped along with a fantastically upbeat soundtrack which includes songs such as ‘Venus’, ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘I Will Survive’ that come at regular intervals and fit alongside the plot perfectly, the show is perfectly endearing just as much as it is bold and confident.
Darren Day as Tick is confused and worried about what kind of father he would be and whether his son will accept him for who he is. With some fantastic vocals and poignant moments such as when he meets his son, his is a very grounded performance.
Meanwhile Simon Green as Bernadette is a nice contrast, although more than capable of speaking her mind when required – she has a softer side that emerges when she meets Bob and when Felicia gets attacked.
Adam Bailey as Felicia/Adam, is quite over the top and sharp tongued and it is only after that he gets attacked that the audience gets to see a more vulnerable side to him – which is a scene that could have been developed further but as it is feels a bit dismissive.
There are also some strong vocals from the Divas (Lisa-Marie Holmes, Laura Mansell and Catherine Mort) and a charming performance by Philip Childs as Bob to look out for.
Yet the script is sharp and the humour is straight to the point with its ability to make you laugh and cringe in equal measures. While the choreography by Ross Coleman and Andrew Hallsworth is sexy, fun and entertaining throughout.
Although it might seem light hearted on the surface, there are moments that bring to light how far these three friends are from being accepted for who they are – such as when they enter the bar in full drag or returning to the bus to discover a nasty message written on it – it is scenes such as these that the musical needs more of to make it even better plot wise.
Of course it is the ideal production to go and see if you are simply looking for a fun night out but if you are looking for a musical that has a strong plot and more drama it might not be for you.
However, if you do go along and see it then you will most certainly find yourself singing along to all the songs and attempting to resist jumping on stage and join in!
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking until the 27th February. To buy tickets visit ATG Tickets.