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Wednesday 01 June 2022

Review: Fun & Games From The Queens Of Outrage As RuPaul's Drag Race Werq The World Took A Journey Through Time @ The Brighton Centre

Almost a year after the show was originally supposed to arrive in the city; RuPaul's Drag Race Werq The World finally made it to the Brighton Centre, last night.

Season 10 finalist Asia O' Hara - the show's host - arrived on stage and welcomed us. 

Asia explained that she had built a time machine in order to go back and correct her finale story and snatch the crown!

However, the time machine had other ideas and dropped us in a plethora of incorrect places in time.

The first stop was the Anglo-Spanish war with season 14's Lady Camden and Jorgeous, followed by Mayan madness with fan favourite from season 11 Vanessa Vanjie Mateo

We were returned to the mythical time machine and Asia reassured us that the next trip would deliver us to the required destination.

We were blasted back to Ancient Greece with the stunning Plastique Tiara, from season 11, playing Aphrodite the goddess of love

Upon our return; Asia asked for a little help from the audience and invited two guests to perform in a 'lip sync for your life' against the night's randomly drawn lip sync assassin. 

The guest performers did an excellent job and were loved by both O'Hara and the audience.

Next up came the 1960s and the counterculture era. The crowd roared as season 6's Laganja Estranja took to the stage to perform all about her favourite thing - getting stoned. (And yes we did get to see her perform a deathdrop!)

Following an interval the time machine gave us a glimpse of the birth of life on Earth, and we witnessed season 11 winner - and current All Stars 7 contestant - Yvie Oddly bend and flex around the stage as an amoeba.

Back in the time machine and Asia O'Hara tries to convince us that she had been speaking to Drag Race UK season 2 queen (and Brighton resident) Joe Black. Asia asked for the house lights to try and find her. But she wasn't to be found.

We 'arrived' in the Mesozoic era and were treated to a very sultry performance from season 13 finalist Rosé, including the treat of hearing her sing live; which was loved by all

Next was an undisclosed location. Season 12 winner - and another All Stars 7 contestant - Jaida Essence Hall slinks on to the stage as a rogue CIA agent committing a jewel heist

We were then thrust into the distant future where Lady Camden is a genderless robot - much to the audience's delight

Our final 'trip' brought us back to the present day and all the queens returned to perform to an upbeat medley in stunning gold outfits.

With music that would fit any iconic lip sync and a cast of superstars - the show had been well worth the wait! 

The Brighton crowd certainly agreed and gave the cast a much deserved standing ovation.

Werq the World - Shantay you stay!

by: Stephanie Keane

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