For my first blog on my 'personal' section, I'm really pleased to be able share pictures from Heywood Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society's production of 'Priscilla: Queen of the Desert'. I've been associated with HAODS for a number of years now and each year I pop down to get pictures of their dress rehearsal. It's always a genuine delight to be involved and I've seen some wonderful productions of a range of musicals.
This year though, I was even more impressed than usual. The acting, singing and choreography was a superb as always but this year the amount of costumes, and the sheer visual feast of them, was something else. Have a flick through the pictures below and just have a look at how wonderfully colour the images are.
It has been a long time since I watched 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' (1994) with Guy Pearce in, so the story was certainly a little hazy for me. It did not take me long though to pick up and remember the story. HAODS published on their site a synopsis of the story:
"Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a musical with a book by Australian film director-writer Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, using well-known pop songs as its score. Adapted from Elliott's 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical tells the story of two drag queens and a transgender woman, who contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian desert. As they head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla, the three friends come to the forefront of a comedy of errors, encountering a number of strange characters, as well as incidents of homophobia, while widening comfort zones and finding new horizons."
For me, the story really is a celebration of the individual. I loved the challenging of societal norms and the bravery of the characters to confront homophobia. The musical score was up my street too - some real classic anthems were to be heard.
The production has now finished but I am sure whatever HAODS and the team have up their sleeve for next year will be equally as great. Great work to the entire team as always! Look forward to seeing what the HeyKids are up to next ...