Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Tour Starring Duncan James

25 September 2015

Last month we celebrated my Mum's birthday and as a special treat I booked tickets to see Priscilla Queen Of The Desert. We love going the theatre and we have seen so many great shows together, Whistle Down The Wind and Starlight Express to name a few. I had no idea what Priscilla was about, I was drawn to the show based on the fact that it featured lots of songs that we absolutely love. It looked like a feel good get up and dance show and it was just what we needed.


When I told my mum she was delighted and knew exactly what it was about as she had seen it on TV. Priscilla Queen Of The Desert is a show about 3 drag queens and how they travel through the outback of Australia to reach a town called Alice. Priscilla is the name of the camper van they buy to get them there.

When we arrived at the Opera House, Manchester it was really busy, it must have been a sell out because we couldn't even see an empty seat in the stalls. There was a really feel good atmosphere and the show hadn't even started yet. There were lots of people dressed to the nines looking fabulous in full drag. I wish I could walk in some of the shoes we seen. Heels were inches high and attached to the most amazing pairs of legs we have ever seen. We were so jealous.

The show was non stop glitz, glamour and amazing songs. It became clear quite early on that Tick played by Duncan James was a married drag queen who had a little boy named Benji. He hadn't seen Benji for many years but still had a strong relationship with his wife as we saw them speak on the phone. She asked him to visit her and Benji in Alice where she ran a casino. He would be able to work there and spend time with his son too.

When Tick agreed to go and see his son we then saw the journey he and two fellow drag queens made across the country in Priscilla.

It was jam packed full of laughs, dancing and songs that just made you want to get up on your feet. The acting by all three men was very camp and very believable. I wouldn't hesitate in seeing this again. I had thought about booking again for Liverpool but it is starring Jason Donavan instead of Duncan James and but that put me off a little. I am sure Jason will be amazing but for me I thought Duncan was fabulous and he was definitely the star of the show.




11 comments:

  1. This looks really interesting. I love musicals and like you, I had no idea what this one was about. Then again, I put off seeing Les Mis for ages because of the miserable title and that was awesome!

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  2. It sounds like an amazing show to see. I love watching live performances and anything that has comedy as well as a back story too.

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  3. I'd love to go see one of these one day! Looks and sounds amazing. I had no clue Duncan James does things like that now? I though he was just living the quiet life now haha! How wrong was I lol. xxx

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  4. I've never actually seen the film but I can imagine this would be a fantastic experience in the theatre. The perfect one to get really dressed up for too.

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  5. Oh I didn't know he was in that, I bet he is great thought. Glad you had a good time x

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  6. I'm pretty sure I spent a night in a nightclub (alongside my hubby) hanging out with a cast member of this show! It was London and s/he was in a sparkly dress and a good foot and a half taller than I was. The next day I saw the poster with her pics on it!!

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  7. Looks really good - you should book Liverpool. Ive heard Jason is amazing in it. I really want to go see Hairspray - I loved the movies - old and new version lol

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  8. Ha that sounds like such a fun night out, you can't beat the theatre! I saw the birdcage on Broadway which was similar, great fun and lots of drag!!

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  9. I saw Priscilla Queen Of the Desert a few years ago and it truly was a camp celebration of life. I loved every second of it and although my seat was pretty restricted I still had a great time.

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  10. OOh I have not seen this show. It sounds great and certainly a fab birthday treat.

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  11. Oh, fab! I love the film and I'd be really interested in seeing how it works on stage. I also love people who dress up to go to shows like this, seeing them around makes the night feel like a party!

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