We grabbed a vino, and settled down for one of the most gloriously camp shows in London this summer. Sequins, showbiz, Cher; what else would you expect from Iconic: a Brief History of Drag?! There’s bags of it in Velma Celli’s jam-packed hour of extravagance, at the Underbelly Festival at Southbank.
Ian Stroughair, the man behind Velma Celli, is utterly fabulous with sensational vocals. The audience are taken through all the hits, from the wonderful West End, to cracking chart toppers from times gone by, with the help of his friends. The Rocky Horror Show, Kinky Boots, and of course Priscilla Queen of the Desert all feature in the fantastic, toe-tapping show. Using ‘The Tranny Bible’, Velma Celli takes you on the journey to liberation.
Chart toppers from the two most iconic popstars Bowie and Freddie are centre stage, of course. You’ll feel a range of emotions – one minute you’ll be singing along and dancing to Celli’s incredible impersonation of the likes of Shakira, Anastasia and Britney, the next minute you’ll have goose bumps all over thanks to the heart-wrenching renditions of ‘I Want To Break Free’ and ‘I Am What I Am.’