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Review; Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, The Palace Theatre Manchester.

Last night I attended the press night of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, and omg wow!

But that won’t cut it, so I will try to put into words how much I adored this spectacular production.


Every Now And Then In Life You Need An Injection Of Happiness. And Priscilla Was It!

It’s been the hardest couple of months for my family. At times like this you support each other, carry on, make each other happy where you can, smile as much as is possible, but the heaviness in your heart stays.

If you have been through times of loss, you will get that. If you haven’t? I wouldn’t wish that underlying feeling of sadness on my worse enemy.

What I will say, is that at such times, Priscilla should be available on prescription.

It was exactly the shot I needed, it took my heavy little heart and for a couple of hours and made it burst with all the colours of the rainbow.

Set in Australia (I have no idea on earth how this film escaped me) Tick also known as Mitzi to her friends (perfectly played by Joe McFadden) decides to take a sabbatical and travel across the desert with two of her close friends and fellow drag queens Bernadette (Miles Western) and Felicia (Nick Hayes).

Priscilla review Manchester

Tick convinces the girls to travel for a show. However this is only part of the reason, the other is to meet Ticks son Benjy, whom he had never met.

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Tracks The Trials Of Traveling Across Australia As Drag Queens.

But also how these amazing ladies are able to change peoples minds and prejudices through love, music, determination and guts.

You very quickly fall in love with Tick, Bernadette and Felicia as they travel in their run down RV Priscilla. Fighting not only every backwards town they encounter, but also their own demons. Additionally how they overcome other peoples bigotry to finally accept and love themselves. Even find love in the most unusual of places.

This is possibly the best chorus I have ever heard in a show, and that’s a hard act to follow after some of the truly wonderful productions I have enjoyed lately. At times the singing felt like an extraordinary choir, the beauty radiating from the stage was stunning and took my breath away.

However Priscilla The Queen Of The Desert Is No One Trick Pony.

It offers a wonderful balance of incredible music, characters you adore, touching moments, life lessons and comedy that has your laughing right from the tips of your toes. It truly is a festival of everything that is good and wonderful in the world.

The set was simple, the whole feature of the show was Priscilla the RV which worked perfectly alongside the make up and costumes of dreams. Seriously who would not love to wear those cake outfits and candy floss hair for just an hour?


The standing ovation went on for ages. The audience could not wait to stand up and dance along, not wanting the magic to end.

Should you see Priscilla Queen Of The Desert? I defy anyone to not leave the theatre smiling for ear to ear. Forget free wifi what this country needs at the moment is a nation wide screening of Priscilla.

Priscilla Review Manchester

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert is show at the Palace Theatre until the 30th of November with tickets from £13. And if you love being happy you will love Priscilla.

Ad, I was gifted tickets in return for an honest review and you can not argue with three incredible drag queens that make your heart soar. Thank you Priscilla you have no idea how much I needed that. xx


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