The hilariously camp comedy Death Drop, is a must for all RuPaul Drag Race fans, with appearances from Ra’Jah O’Hara, Willam, Vinegar Strokes and Karen From Finance. Set in 1991 expect an onslaught of quips and one liners fitting for the era.
I can honestly say that until reading the program I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Death Drop, and that after reading the program I still had no idea what to expect. There is, however, a great letter from the self-proclaimed as-famous-as-Shakespeare author Holly Stars, and some insight into drag in the West End.
The cast are a diverse group of drag queens and kings, playfully exaggerating the stereotypical roles of the usual suspects found at a murder mystery evening. There are some big names from the drag community with lesser-known talents keeping up with the international stars. They all play out a story that keeps you guessing right up to the end. Throughout the performance, there are a number of not-so-subtle jibes regarding the political, moral and ethical status quos of today’s society.
Being quite the fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race myself, I am quite accustomed to the lip sync abilities of drag acts, so it was as surprising as it was refreshing to get a belter of an opening number performed live by Vinegar Strokes (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 1). It didn’t stop there; with the entire cast being able to hold a tune, and some – albeit expectedly camp – catchy numbers throughout the show. Having watched the play, I think it is fair to say that the one thing murder mysteries are missing on the whole are show tunes.
Set against the backdrop of 1991, giving the audience a (seemingly more popular) blast of late eighties/early nineties nostalgia, we see the cast preparing for a formal evening celebrating the ten year anniversary of HRH Charles and Princess Diana with an obligatory cheese and pineapple hedgehog. Where the night will end up, however, is anyone’s guess.
Death Drop runs at The Alexandra Theatre until Saturday November 27. For more information and tickets click here.