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Friday 06 March 2020

Review: Sasha Velour's Smoke and Mirrors @ Brighton Dome - 5/3/2020

RuPaul's Drag Race Season nine winner Sasha Velour sashayed away from the USA and into the very rainy UK to present her one woman show, Smoke and Mirrors, created and directed by the drag superstar herself.

The weather did little to deter Brightonians from all walks of life coming together at Brighton Dome Concert Hall to watch what would turn out to be a unique and incredibly entertaining show. 

The venue was packed and the buzz amongst the crowd was electric. The anticipation in the room was palpable.

This was the visual artist's first one woman show, following her critically acclaimed drag theatre show Nightgowns.

The show's described by Sasha as part magic show, part sexy self-help seminar, part high concept visual artistry.

She interjects the lip sync performances with monologues about how she started her drag career; coming first alternate in a Midwestern American drag pageant, queer representation and gender fluidity. 

She also touches on topics such as feminism, mental health issues, her late mother and more.


Using her background in illustration, Velour curated a video, projected on a screen at the back of the stage to act as a back drop, allowing virtual versions of Sasha to appear and help the queen onstage tell the different stories of each song she performed.

Having stated on her debut in the famous werkroom as being 'committed to being uniquely Sasha all the time', it is evidently clear that this was something that Velour has managed to maintain with ease post drag race and as an audience we were so thankful for that. 

Her wonderfully individual fashion sense had the audience audibly gasping with each reveal.

The highlight of the evening was a live recreation of her iconic lip sync from the finale of her season to Whitney Houston's So Emotional, including glove and wig rose petal reveals!

Velour commanded the stage and took us on an emotional journey bringing sadness, joy and humour to the evening in a way that only Sasha could.

By the time she was done, Sasha had the attending Brightonians on their feet, cheering loudly and the sentiment amongst the audience was unanimous;

'Sasha Velour, shantay you stay!'

Sasha Velour is on tour in the UK until 14th March 2020. CLICK HERE for more info. For details on all forthcoming Brighton Dome shows CLICK HERE.

by: Stephanie Keane




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