A young gay man is beaten up by local thugs IN a DARK street. Both in drama and in reality; and it’s no coincidence that it features in both of the big mainstage shows playing in Edinburgh this week, at the Festival and Playhouse theatres it’s a common scene. In Cabaret, it is the growth of Nazi physical violence in the streets of 1930s Berlin; as well as in Priscilla Queen for the Desert, it is a number of rednecks in a tiny city into the Australian bush using it away on Adam (also referred to as Felicia), the young Sydney drag queen who may have accompanied our hero Tick and his older trans buddy Bernadette for a riotous coach journey across Australia to Alice Springs, where Tick – now likewise a drag queen in Sydney – wants to reconnect using the the son he fathered during a quick youthful wedding.
Priscilla Queen of this Desert, Playhouse, Edinburgh **** | Still No Idea, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh ****
Joe McFadden, Miles Western and Nick Hayes celebrate all of the camp joys of drag
In line with the famous 1994 movie – with book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott – the 2006 phase musical type of Priscilla is just a celebratory coming-out show par excellence, revelling within the freedom to place queer tradition centre phase, and celebrate all of the super-camp joys of drag. (more…)