Priscilla Queen of the Desert Review

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Review

29 March 2017 at the Artscape Theatre 

 Picture stiletto heals, makeup, fluffy boas and extravagant outfits – then times that by one thousand and enjoy the show!

I think I need to read the dictionary to learn more adjectives, because words cannot describe how LAVISH this show was.

I am not talking about just any show here, but possibly the BEST show that I have ever seen in the theatre.

Growing up I was lucky enough to be very well educated in the theatre, my very British Grandmother thought it was an art that we needed to experience

(from opera to ballet on ice – I have seen it all).

Walking in through the theatre doors was MAGICAL!

I loved that the theme portrayed throughout the foyer and the show.

PINK everywhere, I was in my element.

Daniel Buys, David Dennis and Phillip Schnetler
Photography Credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

Just for a little background, for those of you who did not read my previous blog post about the show:

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a heart-warming and uplifting tale of three drag artist friends who hop aboard a battered old bus aka “Priscilla” and go off on the adventure of a lifetime through the Australian Outback, to perform in Alice Springs. 

On the way they find friendship, love and far more than they ever dreamed of.

This wildly fresh and funny musical is based on the Oscar-winning film and features a hit parade of dance-floor favourites including;

I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

 They also show more than 500 outrageous costumes, 200 extraordinary headdresses and a 10 metre long customised bus weighing 6 tonnes as its sparkling centrepiece.

The props and the outfits were mind blowing, I would love to know the amount of money that they spent on this.

At every part of the show there were costume changes and new props that magically rolled onto the stage with what looked like no effort at all.

The outfits were the kind that you would see Lady Gaga wearing at the Emmy Awards.

The kind of outfits that one secretly dreams they could wear everyday without question.

Photography Credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

The 3 angelic figures that hung from the ceiling had the voices of angels and brought such elegance to the show.

The cute little boy at the end was South African and is 10 years old, I could not believe this!

The main performers; Daniel Buys, David Dennis and Phillip Schnetler stole my heart from the very beginning and wow they could act.

I can imagine when meeting them in person being surrounded by laughter and big personalities.

Daniel Buys, David Dennis and Phillip Schnetler
Photography Credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

My favourite part of the show was that in all the outrageous outfits not one was gender specific, so you could never really tell who was male or female in “real” life.

I think this was so important because it kind of proves the point of the transgender show.

I left the theatre feeling energised and enthusiastic. I left the theatre wanting more, so much more.