REVIEW: Death Drop at The Alexandra Birmingham

What do you get when you cross six drag queens with a murder mystery? The answer: a shockingly great time at the theatre.

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Death Drop has already enjoyed a hugely successful run in the West End, and now it’s hit the road and arrived at The Alexandra for the closing week of its tour that’ll have you killing yourself laughing.

Penned by Holly Stars, Death Drop is a hilarious play that takes a typical murder mystery plot and turns it on its head with a generous serving of camp comedy.

A treat for fans of the hit reality TV show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, the cast features some fan favourites including Vinegar Strokes, Karen From Finance, Willam and Ra’Jah O’Hara, who together with Georgia Frost, Holly Stars and Richard Energy, are trapped on Tuck Island after attending a dinner to celebrate the 10th wedding anniversary of Charles and Lady Di.

Death Drop runs at The Alexandra until Saturday. Credit: Matt Crockett

The production is an absolute blast; it’s brilliantly clever both in script and production, and simply won’t allow you to look at a Crispy Pancake in the same way again.

Nods to signature moments in Eastenders “You ain’t my mother!”, together with brilliantly timed punchlines, musical numbers, and the most outrageously camp deaths are the perfect ingredients that make this show an murder mystery to remember.

Each character is utterly hilarious. News reporter Morgan Pierce (Karen from Fiance) works at World of the News, and she’s there to dig up any dirt she can on other guests. American Drag Race star Willam shines in more ways than one as super-star singer, Shazza.

The mighty Vinegar Strokes dons her best dresses as Lady Von Fistenburg, weather reporter Summer Raines (Ra’Jah O’Hara) keeps an eye on the ever-changing storm, and Tory MP Rich Whiteman (Richard Energy) and Phil Maker (Georgia Frost) complete the line-up of hosts and guests.

The cast of Death Drop. Credit: Matt Crockett

Holly Stars is the Queen to watch in this instance, but I’ll leave it to you to find out why that is, because her performance is impressive and brilliantly clever and should be seen to be appreciated in all its glory.

Death Drop is one of those shows that just doesn’t wipe the smile off your face. It’s camp, glamourous, glorious and quite frankly, utterly outrageous at times.

Condragulations to the cast and crew of Death Drop, you’ve turned the humble murder mystery into an Eleganza Extravaganza.

Death Drop runs at The Alexandra in Birmingham until Saturday, November 27. Click here to book tickets to this killer show!

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