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Drag Me To Church –Bombed Out Church, Liverpool

Reviewer: Amy Housley

Last night it was a privillage to watch Dame Fanny de Faux and The Starlets perform their show Drag Me To Church: Where the Queens don’t pray, they slay, and let me tell you, they absolutely did.

Under the canopy of the beautiful Bombed Out Church as part of the Liverpool Theatre Festival, Dame Fanny de Faux was our host with the most for the evening’s entertainment. Her quick witted humour was incredibly impressive and her rapport with the audience made us feel safe and welcomed to join in with the action on stage. Her collection of erotic poetry delivered from her glorious throne was a real highlight of the show and had the audience in fits of laughter.

The Starlets comprised of three amazing queens: Mystique, Brooke Spears and Iva Bouqet and they had no end to their talents. They dazzled the crowd with their perfect lip syncs, their brilliantly performed dance routines, their amazing different looks and all in six inch heels. Iva Bouquet’s parody of Get Here by Oleta Adams was a stand out moment of the show with the audience blown away by her hilarious performance and her very special microphone – definitely one to watch!

The Queens were not the only stars of the show though as they invited members of the audience to take to the stage to participate in lip sync challenges and two lucky men were given their own drag makeover to form part of a Spice Girls tribute act alongside The Starlets themselves. The audience members did such a brilliant job that the audience was crying out for a Spice Girls encore which went down an absolute storm. The rapport and quick witted humour that all the Queens managed to deliver with the audience volunteers was amazing to watch, they delivered joke after joke which seemed to all be improvised and gave the performance a real star quality.

Towards the end of the show the Queens gave a very touching tribute to Her Majesty the Queen and the whole audience stood in silence for the national anthem. It gave a very human and memorable element to the show and reminded us all to be thankful to those who have inspired us.

By the end of the evening, every member of the audience were up on their feet dancing the night away and begging for more. The Queens stayed on stage at the end of the show giving us the chance to meet them and have pictures with them. They made sure that they spoke to many people in the audience afterwards which made it an accessible show to be a part of. Drag shows of this quality remind us all how inclusive the drag community is and I hope that this show inspires people to take that inclusivity and kindness from the show into their own lives.

This show was an absolute pleasure to watch, a real joy to be a part of and an evening of laughter that I haven’t experienced in a long time. Get yourself down to Bierkeller this October where you will see the Keller Kweens deliver a fantastic, hilarious and energetic performance. Thank you to Dame Fanny de Faux and The Starlets for a show of absolute talent, hilarity and star quality. I can’t wait to see what these Queens have in store for us next!

Reviewed on 10 September 2022

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