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“Enjoyable but chaotic drag panto starring baga chipz”

Though, on the surface, they may appear similar, the disciplines of a drag performer and musical comedy performer are very different.

But director and producer Christopher D Clegg is challenging the idea of what being a drag king or queen entails with this production of Cinderella.

The show revels in its low-budget status, with a fragile set made from cardboard and glitter, but its plot is far more robust. Unashamedly vulgar, this is a Soho Cinders story without the white-washing thanks to efforts from author Jon Bradfield, a regular co-author of the Above the Stag pantomimes.

What it delivers in laughs, it doesn’t match in terms of pacing. Though cues are frequently missed, there are some stand-out funny performances from Holly Stars as Buttons and Sheila Simmonds as the Narrator and Fairy Godmother. Ophelia Love and Veronica Green are hilarious as two of the most feminine Ugly Sisters in panto this year. There’s also a sharp turn from Kemah Bob, playing up her Texan roots as the louche Prince.

Headliner and Drag Race UK finalist Baga Chipz negotiates the perils of ensemble work without incident but even she is upstaged by Baby’s cracking dance routine as Cinderella at the Vogue Ball.

Baga Chipz: ‘There are many jealous drag queens. I get a lot of stick’

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Production Details
Production nameCinderella
VenueLondon, Trafalgar Studios
StartsDecember 15, 2019
EndsJanuary 5, 2020
Running time1hr 40mins
AuthorJon Bradfield, Lawrence Bolton, Christopher D Clegg
DirectorLawrence Bolton, Christopher D Clegg
Set designerEllen Forbes
Costume designerEllen Forbes
Lighting designerJack Weir
CastBaby ., Baga Chipz, Holly Stars, Kathleen Nance, Kemah Bob, Ophelia Love, Poppy Louise Cooper, Sheila Simmonds, Veronica Green
Production managerDan Gosselin
ProducerChristopher D Clegg, Tuckshop
VerdictBaga Chipz stars in an enjoyable but chaotic and unpredictable drag pantomime
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