(Go West) Life is peaceful there
(Go West) In the open air
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) This is what we’re gonna do
When the curtains go up, and as the giant glitter ball retracts back up towards the ceiling of The Palace theatre, there is a certain air of excitement in the air. You are surrounded on all sides by over-excited and slightly tipsy women, most of whom are dancing away to the music and the lights. You can’t quite work out if the show you are about to see, the famous “Priscilla Queen of the Desert“, is going to be a fun experience, or one that leaves you quaking in your boots, and which results in you being blinded by glitter.
Well, let me reassure you – Priscilla is as fun as it gets, and is made even better by the enthusiastic and entertaining audience singing along.
In case you don’t know, Priscilla tells the story of Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. It sounds surreal, and it undoubtedly is, but at the same time this is a tale of humour and discovery that manages to lightly tread the balance between comedy and sensitivity.
When we saw this, we were sat up high in the theatre. The Palace is a tall thin location, and to begin with I was worried about being sat so high. The moment the curtains rose and Priscilla the big pink bus drove onto the stage, however, I immediately forgot everything except for what was happening below me. Keeping me in raptures of hilarity, and regularly cringing at terrible innuendo, this show is totally and utterly absorbing.
After all the feathers and costumes left the stage, and once the singing had stopped, we had to accept that the show was over. The best bit, once we had worked our way down the stairs, was realising that the show had pumped our adrenaline so high that we practically floated back to our hotel, giggling and light as feathers!
Priscilla is currently planned to be showing until sometime in 2011, and is well worth a watch if you are in town and have a sense of humour! It makes sense to get a restaurant package if you are going, so that you can make an evening of it!