The Priscilla Experience
The West Australian Idolize Spiegeltent
Review: Alice Mepham
After successful stints in Melbourne and Edinburgh, Drags Aloud, one of the nation’s finest gender-bending ensembles, comes to our fair shores, bringing with them stilettos, sequins and a whole lot of sass.
What’s on offer in this Fringe World show is fairly familiar territory for drag aficionados, but is still unique enough to engage its target audience. There’s plenty of scatological humour for those that are into that sort of thing (and probably a little too much for those who aren’t).
Alternatively, there’s also impersonations of barnyard animals, which judging by the crowd’s reaction, is pretty much fun for anyone regardless of personal preferences.
The costumes are impressive. There’s more glitter adorning these ladies than a disco ball and you’ll feel like you’re inside a chicken coop with the sheer number of feathers flying around.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes, there’s plenty of flesh (and flesh-coloured undergarments) to be seen. With that in mind, I most warn those with fond memories of films such as Grease, The Sound of Music or Titanic to mentally prepare to have your childhood recollections obliterated along with any sense of social decency.
I’m not entirely convinced that The Priscilla Experience is the critique of popular culture that it claims to be; it’s more a celebration of various pockets of pop-culture.
It doesn’t leave you pondering the how and the why, but it does make you tap your feet, clap your hands and forget about your woes for a good sixty minutes, which if we’re completely honest is a damn sight more enjoyable than an existential crisis on a Tuesday night.
The Priscilla Experience runs nightly at 8pm until February 17.