RuPaul’s Drag Race UK starring Lawrence Chaney & Bimini Bon Boulash at the London Palladium

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHEN?: Sunday 27 February, tour runs to 17 April 2022 RUNTIME: 135 minutes (including a 30-minute interval)

We weren’t entirely sure what to expect from this gig but we left wowed by season 2 runner-up Bimini Bon-Boulash (1st picture below).

  • Read on for reasons including how super group the Frock Destroyers including Baga Chipz made a surprise appearance

The non-binary star lip synched to latest Prodigy-sampling single God Save This Queen, performed acrobatically with a pole and danced energetically.

She said little but in terms of star power we would say she put all the other queens from season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK in the shade here.

This show featured all 12 of the drag acts from the sophomore season and non-binary comic Ginny Lemon was spot on when she noted that Bon-Boulash was the real winner of the series.

We were sat two rows behind TV’s Linda Robson, from Birds Of A Feather, and the most surreal moment of the night was when she responded to Lemon’s calls for crisps and threw a bag onstage.

Lemon also had the night’s best line: ‘F*ck the Tories and F*ck Putin,’ she exclaimed to much cheering. ‘I won’t get political …’

Season 2 winner Lawrence Chaney (pictured below) hosted the evening and proved far more adept and entertaining as a sweary compere than during a comedy routine much later in the show.

We weren’t expecting season 1 group the Frock Destroyers (including Baga Chipz and Blu Hydrangea from the currently airing RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World as well as Divina de Campo) to appear but their 3-song set at the end of act 1 was a real high.

We’ve seen 2 of our favourite queens – Tia Kofi and Veronica Green in the flesh last year – and they sang live with a mixture of new material and covers.

The 2nd half saw the more successful of the queens take the stage and we enjoyed the lipsynching of both A’Whora and Tayce (pictured below).

The crowd went wild for this show and it has sold out multiple nights over the coming months across the UK but also at this prestigious 2,300-seater venue.

Fans of the show might miss the challenges that bring drama to each episode, the witty comments of the judging panel and the emphasis on strutting the catwalk.

But if you’re looking for killer lipsynching in particular in front of a very excitable crowd this is the show for you.

There were some occasional misfires however but if we had 1 conclusion to draw it would be that Bimini Bon-Boulash’s star is about to shine a whole lot brighter.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Tickets
  • Additional pictures by Neil Durham. Have you heard any of these songs or seen any of these shows? Let us know what you thought in the comments below
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