Everyone should experience at least one good ‘drag’ show in their lives – and to all the rev heads out there, I don’t mean cars. Les Follies de Femmes at GlamourZONE, while not being up to Les Girls standard, is quite a good introduction to that quirky phenomenon of guys dressing up as girls.
A true ‘drag’ show, as this one is, is not a football club ‘jocks in frocks’ folly, but rather a glitzy, campy, well performed extravaganza.
This show is quite campy, fairly glitzy (some of the second half costumes, in particular, are a knockout), and competently performed – though there were a couple of lip sync problems – with all the performers having glorious ‘drag queen’ names: Rita Demore’e, Edie Star, Kristina Creme, Mercedes Bendz (my personal favourite ‘drag’ name), Venus Amore and Stella Vain.
Star is the true ‘star’ of this show, being the only one who does not lip sync – the voice is strong and verging on stunning, especially when delivering the Judy Garland ballads “My Man” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.
While the choreography is fairly standard, one dancer seemed to struggle with it and slipped over once (damn those pesky high heels).
This is not the slickest of ‘drag’ shows, but it also does not containing the usual smutty patter. It is nice and safe for novices to experience, with fun and (literally) games for all.
Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
Venue: The Soul Box 252 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Season: 22 June 2013
Duration: 1hr 15mins including interval