Stars of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Monét X Change and Bob the Drag Queen, took to the stage in Newcastle’s beautiful Tyne Theatre last night, in the first show of the UK leg of their Sibling Rivalry tour.
The tour was born from a weekly podcast that the duo produce, and fans in the audience certainly weren’t left disappointed in the live show! Brought to the UK by Klub Kids, a well known promotion and events company championing the drag community, Sibling Rivalry went down a storm.
Though the show got off to a couple of technical hitches, as the audio for their on screen stage introduction failed twice, Bob the Drag Queen kept the crowd laughing over the mic from backstage, so if anything it added to the hilarity of the night. When Monét and Bob did get on stage, they performed a medley of dance routines inspired by a collection of movies such as Dream Girls and The Shining. Changing into an assortment of fantastic stage outfits throughout, both performers received non stop adoration from the crowd from the moment they began.
Sibling Rivalry was perhaps one of the best and most seamlessly put together drag shows that I have seen live, despite slips, trips and fits of laughter. It was clearly well rehearsed, but also left enough room for on the spot ad libs and fun interaction between the queens and the audience. There was both a movies and family theme to the tour, with Bob the Drag Queen and Monét X Change of course being drag sisters, and they ended the first half of their show with Bob performing an Adams Family inspired routine, and Monét with a Black Panther themed performance.
After a short interval, Monét and Bob started the second segment of the show by recording a live Sibling Rivalry podcast from the stage, discussing recent topics such Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepping down in their duties to the Royal Family, or #Megxit as Monét called it, famous YouTuber Nikki Tutorials announcing that she is transgender, to a huge round of applause from the crowd, and this weekends upcoming first ever RuPauls DragCon in London. The queens then invited Klub Kids very own Mutha Tucka to interview some audience members, who asked Bob and Monét some well, and some not so well, thought out questions. The highlight of this section though was definitely Monét X Change falling from her chair after excitedly telling a story!
The finale to the show was a high energy and from the hip ‘drag suicide’, which involves the queens performing to a random collection of songs, lip sync for your life style. Including uproarious renditions of songs such as Baby Shark, Dolly Parton’s Jolene and not to mention Monét reenacting the Circle of Life scene from The Lion King with the only child in the audience, it was an absolute hoot.
Being the professionals they are, the queens also kindly stayed back after the show to sign merchandise for fans, and I even got to breathlessly tell them how much I loved the show.
The tour will continue in Manchester tonight and in London on the 18th January. You can purchase tickets from the Klub Kids website, here;
You can also listen to the Sibling Rivalry podcast, here;