A WHIRLWIND of feathers, fancy frocks and outrageous flirtation, The Ladyboys of Bangkok reign supreme when it comes to sexy silliness.
Never more so than in their latest show, Carnival Queens.
Each year the talented troupe set up camp for a month in Newcastle’s Times Square for their annual show and this one sees them pack in bucket loads of glitz, glamour and giggles into a 105-minute cabaret show.
Ostensibly, the show is carnival-themed but, in true Ladyboys fashion, it’s a mish mash of contemporary artists who’ve been parodied for your amusement.
Christina Aguilera has never looked so good as a ladyboy writhed around the stage in a basque and fishnets as she mimed along to Xtina’s Express (Burlesque).
Queen of costume Lady Gaga and camp queen Katy Perry were also given the Ladyboy treatment in routines that leave you in awe of the performers’ perfect appearance.
In true cabaret style there’s plenty of comedy thrown in for good measure with a particularly good Coronation Street skit which included rib-tickling lyrics including “being hit over the bottom with a copy of Women’s Weekly.”
There’s plenty of audience participation to keep you entertained with members of the public cajoled into joining the Ladyboys on stage for a one-on-one performance.
It was a male pole-dance routine, however, which had my mates and I stunned.
For this section, cabaret was swapped for pure athleticism as he managed to perform pole feats I never thought possible – it was quite the eye-opener!
The second half of the show veers more towards the camp classics before the Ladyboys embrace their inner carnival queen in an explosion of sequins and elaborate ceiling-skimming headpieces.
It’s no surprise that the North East provides the show’s longest British run of the year for this band of 16 ladyboys.
It’s the perfect show for a city renowned for its gloriously tacky partying.
Their huge marquee, the Sabai Pavilion, will be in place until October 6. For tickets, Tel. 0871 7050705.