Playing to a full audience, there was high expectation for the keenly awaited comeback of Death Drop to the stage. It did not disappoint. If you are looking for an evening that serves, laughs, scares and complete REALness, this is the show to see. With an all-star cast hailing from RuPaul’s Drag Race, the return of the murder mystery (or ‘Dragatha Christie’), to St Babs Convent was a tasteful idea, and one with hilarious possibilities.
Drag has sashayed into a whole new format with this kind of theatre, and Jesse Jones has allowed these queens to shine. The current vocabulary, inclusive dialogue, and killer soundtrack all added to the crowd’s appreciation for the performance of Mother Superior and her nuns.
Set in the wonderful Playhouse, the modern meets the traditional and it did not feel out of place. The performances, (including singing) were of a high standard, and each character lived up to the quality of their costumes and setting.
If you’re squeamish and you don’t like blood, maybe cover your eyes for some parts. Yet, the well-timed comedy using the versatile set will get you over the gruesome props, (and the jump scares).
Having not seen the first Death Drop myself, I did not feel like I was missing anything, which is testament to Rob Evans’ writing and ingenuity for the sequel.
This performance opens the eyes of those who see drag parts on the stage restricted to the pantomime’s dame, creating fresh possibilities that accommodates an important part of our community.
Reviewer: Hannah Esnouf
Reviewed: 7th February 2023
North West End UK Rating: ★★★★★