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The critically acclaimed Save Rubyyy Jones Revue is back! The Revue has a new venue, the somewhat legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern giving the night its third home. The RVT seems a pretty sound choice of venue being a bit on the small for club nights, but was comfortably full for a night of on stage performance. Though of course, with enough poles for the gogo performers to make their way through the audience.
Hosted by performer Rubyyy Jones, the evening featured a variety of queer cabaret, burlesque and drag acts from the Familyyy Fierce and a few extended familyyy members. Rubyyy made the perfect compère for the evening, effortlessly and humourously tying together the variety of performances, and getting the audience involved (more on that later).
First on stage was the multi-talented Miss Cairo and Ruby Wednesday, warming up the crowd pretty successfully with their high energy gogo performances. Both were back on stage throughout the night, with Miss Cairo singing and Ruby Wednesday doing a darkly comical drug fuelled interpretation of Mary Poppin’s Spoonful of sugar.
There wasn’t really a dud note throughout the entire evening, which was split into three parts leaving ample time for buying drinks and fag breaks. The versatile evening included Lilly SnatchDragon wowing the crowd with a spellbinding Buto inspired routine set to music from Gossip’s Standing in the Way of Control and Britney. Dott Cotton’s erotic clown/Burlesque fusion performance was something I didn’t expect to see, but was funny and well executed, so long as the concept of a sexy clown isn’t too creepy for you.
My plan for this being a semi-formal review of a very good night was disrupted halfway through the evening, shortly after my friend having to leave due to suffering from some kind of glandular illness. Naturally, this was the point when the audience participation section of the show kicked off. Cue me being dragged up on stage like a deer in the headlights to take part in a competition.
I’ll leave it up to you to guess what happened there.
The last performance of the night came from Meth. Meth has been doing great things recently, not least of all dragging some of RuPaul’s former contestants across the pond to perform in Camden’s Black Cap. She proved herself worthy of being the soon to be star of London Live’s Drag Queens of London by managing to get just about every quotable movie reference under the sun into her lip synch performance.
The Save Rubyyy Jones Revue will be up to its old tricks again next month in The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, keep an eye on the facebook page for more details.
Drag Queens of London airs on London Live on Tuesday 22nd April and has the potential to be amazing (or terrible, but hopefully the former).
Photography Copyright Paul Singer 2014 www.streetpixshop.com
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