PREVIEW: The Lady Boys Of Bangkok
By Adam Clery on September 4, 2012 in Stage
Cabaret is on the up. The success of venues like Boulevards in Newcastle, with its all-singing-all-dancing troupes, comedians and drag queens, along with the increasing reputation of burlesque as not just entertainment but serious art, has ensured that cabaret is no longer a dirty word, used to describe dodgy seaside entertainment, borderline racism and tit jokes.
The success of The Lady Boys Of Bangkok show further serves to prove this, as the ‘girls’ return to Newcastle’s Times Square for their eighth year this month. The Lady Boys’ show originally started out at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, but their continued jaunts in the North East have proved so popular, they now spend over a month in Newcastle entertaining the masses.
Their new show, Carnival Queens, erupts at the specially erected Sabai Pavilion in Times Square from Friday 7 September until Saturday 6 October, and with it comes a host of high camp entertainment. The 105 minute show features over 300 elaborate handmade costumes, the sixteen stunners will be accompanied by a soundtrack of hits by Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Shirley Bassey and Queen, and the colourful comedy, surprises and satire comes thick and fast.
If you’ve yet to experience the glitz, glamour and gall of this stupendous show, we urge you to head along – you’ll not be disappointed.
In addition to the Lady Boys show, the Sabai Pavilion will play host to La Bordello Boheme on Monday 17 and 24 September. The shows feature a range of cabaret acts, including burlesque, circus and variety acts with some incredible performances and wonderful surprises.
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