“a glamorous, belly laugh fiesta”
Drag King and Queen Christian Adore and Eaton Messe rely both on each other and the audience to create not only a captivating narrative but more importantly a hilarious experience. Blazing a trail through the pairs meeting and journey into show-business, there are skits and musical numbers a plenty all created by that well-known trope of audience suggestion. Whilst many improv shows might feel a little flat to the improv aficionado with simple audience suggestion, the glue here really is the chemistry between Francesca Forristal in her understated male role of Christian Adore and Ed Scrivens as Kensington born diva Eaton Messe. Not only are both equally hilarious jumping from role to role, song to song and skit to skit but they support each other so fantastically well; it’s no surprise that the pair has seen success with the show since its launch in September. The show has been called “wholesome drag” by others and whilst that might be seen as a slightly reductive statement, it is. It’s not a catty affair as many drag shows can be and yet the duo aren’t afraid to take their sharp wit into some perhaps darker places. That’s the main thing to say about The Dragprov Revue: it is unabashed witticisms complimented perfectly by two wonderfully fabulous characters. The preview this reviewer attended had some somewhat safe suggestions for the pair and even so, they managed to pull punchlines as if they were handed to them on a plate. Musically, the show is flawless. Songs that seemingly come out of nowhere are constructed to aplomb and the vocals are there to match. We were enthralled by a meatloaf-ballad, a musical theatre number on a tube train and the clingy blues as told by Eaton Messe and her incarcerated lover Pete the Prisoner. A significant mention should go out to the duo’s immensely talented pianist Jordan Clarke who kept the show moving with perfect accompaniment. Safe to say, for any drag and improv fans alike this show is sure to be one to catch at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. The Dragprov Revue is a glamorous, belly laugh fiesta and certainly no Eaton Messe. I frankly, Christian Adore it and so will you, I’m sure. The Dragprov Revue is playing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Sweet Novotel 1 (Venue 188) from the 2-13th August and the 15-26th August. Buy tickets here.
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