Priscilla Queen of the Desert Review – BHMTS

Having never seen the film or fully understood the story before I wasn’t sure what to expect from Priscilla Queen of the Desert but WOW is all I can say! I felt like I was on a different planet for 2 hours but it was absolutely hilarious!

The show is based on the cult 1994 film and centres around the adventures of two drag queens and a transgender women who make their way across the Australian outback in a bus called Priscilla, all of who go through different emotional journeys as well as the physical one.

The show is definitely a comedy and is jam-packed full of laughs which made the whole audience laugh out loud! Some parts a little outrageous but that just added to the hilarity of the show! (It is recommended for 14+)

Priscilla features dance classics from the 70’s and 80’s including I Will survive, It’s Raining Men, Boogie Wonderland and MacArthur Park! So you might find yourself singing along or doing a little chair boogie!

Paul Bryant, well over 6ft, and a size 12 shoe wearing father and husband plays the role of Bernadette, this character for me had the most gags and some truly amazing 1 liners! My mum who I went with said “he makes a good woman” so not sure if that’s a compliment or not? Either way Paul smashed this role on opening night and his performance of True Colours was a highlight.

James Edwards plays the role of Tick, Tick is the main reason the 3 are trekking through the outback as he is on a mission to see his 9-year-old son he’s never met before! James’s rendition of MacArthur Park had the audience in stitches!

Matthew Wells plays the role of Adam/Felicia! The most flamboyant out of the 3, Felicia certainly lives her life to the max which can sometimes get her into trouble! Matthew had some fantastic scenes and even when not directly involved in a scene, kept the audience laughing with the ongoing facial expressions and grooving!

The Diva’s played by Danielle Newton, Michelle Bryant and Kate Stenhouse were excellent! At one point I actually thought they were miming as they sounded so good! They are heavily involved in the production and I like how they have used people for this role rather than a backing track which would have been so easy to do!

Karen O’Brien plays the role of Cynthia and Dawn Holland as Shirley, both had fantastically hilarious scenes! Cynthia’s Pop Muzik number which involved ping-pong balls was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on stage! Shirley actually gets to swear on stage during her song which I LOVED.

The rest of the cast and ensemble were equally fantastic, and the show ended with a well deserved standing ovation! Something I’m sure they are  going to receive after every performance!

The costumes were fantastic! For an amateur show no expense was spared when it came to the costumes and it really was like watching a West End show! My hat goes off to the costume team responsible for getting the cast in and out of costumes so quickly! There were so many changes! And while we are on the subject of costumes, the makeup team did a great job dragging the cast up!

This is the last EVER production the Burgess Hill Musical Theatre Society have at Martlets Hall in Burgess Hill so do try to see the show before it’s sold out! Performances Thurs 21st, Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd (7:30pm with an extra matinee on the Sat at 2:30pm) click HERE to purchase tickets now!

This is now the second show I’ve seen by BHMTS the first being the Youth groups production of Les Miserables which was fantastic! I highly recommend BHMTS, so much work and dedication is put into organising these shows!


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