Queenz: The Show With Balls – Clapham Grand, London

Reviewer: Christine Stanton

Creator: David Griego

Five fiercely fabulous drag queens are taking to the stage all over the UK – performing classic pop anthems, and divalicious remixes, all the while donned in the glitziest costumes imaginable. It’s more than just a performance; it’s a sassy, slaying, sequinned spectacular.

The pace of the show works really well in hyping up the audience and getting everyone in a party mood. Opening with a variety of pop classics, it’s almost like a large-scale karaoke party, with everyone joining in and singing along to the well-known lyrics. In addition to this, show creator and producer David Griego has also ensured to incorporate remixes and re-imagined lyrics to inject originality into the show. One superb example is the musical theatre medley, with new takes on lyrics featured in shows such as Chicago, Wicked and Grease to name but a few. These are hilarious spin-offs and give the performers a moment in the spotlight without the audience joining in.

One of the most impressive parts of this show is that the incredible vocals are all performed live, with not a lip-sync battle in sight. So not only are the performers choreographing their way around stage to perfection, but they have the singing abilities to match. Billie Eyelash aka Luke Hall has an especially impeccable vocal range – wowing the audience with their solo routine: Beyoncé, step aside! Zeze Van Cartier aka Lew Ray struts around the stage, impressively slut dropping in their huge heels, while also holding the high notes. Dior Monte aka Jaymi Hensley is used to big performances being a member of Union J, and their confidence shines through. Bella Du Ball aka Ben Sell and Candy Caned aka Josh Hanson, have infectious energy, oozing obvious enjoyment from their talents and they build the atmosphere well. Everyone’s solo set is a winner but it’s when they all combine and synchronise with each other that the show really stands out.

Costume Designer Rikki Finlay sells glitz and glamour to the audience with the stunningly gorgeous outfits showcased throughout. While there are a surprisingly small number of costume amendments in the beginning half of the show, the second half makes up for it in abundance. Each performer has a rotating door of eye-catching outfits, each one better than the last and complementing the accompanying lighting design from Adam Murdoch.

These fabulous Queenz will have you screaming Spice Girls songs at the top of your lungs, shimmying about to Shakira and warbling along to Whitney. They are mother-tucking brilliant at putting on a fantastic show and performing their hearts out – it’s a show with balls, beauty and bags of talent.

Reviewed on 16 September 2022 then continues to tour

The Reviews Hub Score

Mother-tucking Brilliant

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