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Final Verdict

James Welby has directed this cast brilliantly and true to his programme foreword he states that 'we embrace both highly polished and underground styles...the message to be simple - DRAG IS FOR EVERYONE

YUMMY

‘This show was Yummy, and i’m still hungry for another sandwich!’

Showing until 27th July Yummy is providing the entertainment in the Speigletent at London’s Underbelly Festival and making the sandwiches to feed your appetite..and i had been lucky enough to be invited to see the show.

The legendary cabaret YUMMY is making it’s London debut and they are well worth the watch for an entertaining night out. Winners of “Best Production” and “Best Ensemble” (Cabaret) at the 2018 Green Room Awards, YUMMY has become synonymous with breath-taking drag, music, circus, and burlesque.

Made up of a cast of seven in Valerie Hex, Benjamin Hancock, Hannie Helsden, Jandruze, Joni in the Moon, Karen from Finance and Zelia Rose we are given various forms of hilarity which were only to continue all night.

Leading this gang of artists was Karen from Finance who took on the hosting role, taking us through the night linking the acts and filling the interludes with her fantastic humour and audience interaction she ensured the night was as sparkly and bright as the many costumes were.

This was definitely an eclectic mix with some straight up impressive talent and some of the weirdest things i’ve seen on stage. The one thing everyone has in common is the ability to perform. They were bold, they were vogue and they were in your face.

Innuendo plays a big part for a couple of the acts (these the ones i found a little weirder but yet humerous) and well lets just see where they take your mind in Jandruzes Sandwich making section and later in the Feed the horses segment which was definitely alternative and had ulterior meaning..

Joni in the moon, gives us some brilliant vocals which brought a different mood to the show but one that was very welcome from the madness that surrounded it. Hannie Helsden was impressive with her circus skills on the hoop but the standout for me was Karen from Finance. Hosting the show she led well and brought the laughs as well as in her own performance and rendition of  ‘A Thousand Miles’.

All photos by Helen Murray

Yummy was a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and humorous show. Well worth a watch. In a month also that we celebrate PRIDE this is an example of the fabulous talent that is out there making peoples lives that bit more colourful!

James Welby has directed this cast brilliantly and true to his programme foreword he states that ‘we embrace both highly polished and underground styles…the message to be simple – DRAG IS FOR EVERYONE. We see this from start to finish from one end to the other. I left thinking this show was Yummy, and i’m still hungry for another sandwich!

Presented by: Underbelly and YUMMY Productions
Price:

Tickets from £21.50(includes £1.50 in fees per ticket)

Venue: Underbelly Festival Southbank
Duration: 60 minutes
Advice: Recommended for ages 15+, contains adult themes, sexual references, nudity and strong language.

Thanks for reading,

Aaron Whittington

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