Dizney in Drag is showing at the Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose and takes the audience on a journey as The Hero (Jae West) attempts to find their true love, visiting several dizney characters in the process. If you are intending to see this show and sit in the front, remember that there is audience participation, and you may end up getting sprayed.
Dizney in Drag is a show filled with humorous songs and sometimes pantomime style actions and set up. The singers performed well within their vocal range and the lyrics were clear enough to hear and laugh at when appropriate. The show itself was well structured and the audience was clearly aware of what the next leg of the journey was going to be. This show is filled to the brim with dirty jokes, lewd humour and is, at times, utterly irreverent. This show is delightfully vulgar and is far more heartwarming than it had any right to be.
The strength of this show however is not just in the humour but in the way that they effectively communicate core issues such as the importance of consent, educating sons to respect others rather than protecting daughters and calling out toxic masculinity. They didn’t just stop there though, no, they pushed it further by encouraging us all to embrace ourselves and love ourselves (both spiritually and literally) and promoting gender inclusivity.
The entire cast did a fantastic job but there was particular stand out performances from the following: The Hairy Godmother (Owen Merriman) whose audience interaction was exceptional along with inspired delivery of lines and a seemingly never-ending parade of props from under the skirt. Areola’s dancing (Alex Nissen) was utterly beautiful, and her comedic timing was excellent. Miss White (Caden Miller) who continuously drew the eye with amazing line delivery and characterisation from first appearance to the last gasp (literally).
Dizney in Drag aims to encourage people to accept themselves for who they are and not only does this show achieve that, but it delivers very important messages about gender inclusivity and respect that is sorely needed in our current society in an exciting and highly entertaining manner. This show is a must see and necessary viewing, especially if you are having a bad week.