Priscilla Queen of The Desert
Bath Light Operatic Group
Theatre Royal Bath
This gloriously colourful romp will no doubt be a crowd pleaser this week if the opening night is anything to go by.
Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical tells the heart-warming story of Mitzi, Felicia and Bernadette, three glamorous performance artists, searching for love and friendship, who end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed of. Embarking on an adventure across the Australian desert in a battered old bus called Priscilla, their journey of self-discovery culminates in a show unlike anything the locals have ever seen before.
Ryan Hughes (Adam / Felicia) is outstanding in his debut with BLOG. David Baxter (Tick / Mitzi) shows great range as both father and female impersonator alongside Rob Dallimore as the laconic Bernadette. The central trio holds the show with great style and control ensuring the pace is kept moving throughout. The cast are strong throughout with some good cameo roles including Charly Crook (Cynthia) with an excellent ping pong ball routine.
The large company tackles the disco score with good energy whilst the endless costume changes ensure a kaleidoscope of colour throughout the well choreographed routines.
Directed and Choreographed by Vicki Klein with musical direction by Matthew Finch the group has shown Bath’s amateur theatre scene has a lot to celebrate. The technical glitches of the first night will no doubt be long gone as the week progresses and the ever supportive, friends and families in the audience will continue to dance in their seats.