STAGE REVIEW: We The Queers @ ARC Online (12.11.21) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Bordello Collective’s We The Queers showed off all of the colours of the rainbow. Watching the livestream, it was fantastic to have such a varied view. With several camera angles used throughout the night, streams at ARC are certainly worth catching if, like me, you are frequently unable to leave your home.

It featured all of the things that we have come to expect in Queer Cabaret, but with unconventional twists. Fatsy Butcher delighted us with a three course cooking disaster. A caricature of the 50’s working-class housewife, she showed us how to create a three course meal with a kettle, but not necessarily an edible one.

We The Queers icon Tin Foil gave a surprisingly emotional lip sync to the song WingRiddenAngel. With old black-and-white footage playing on the projector screen, the performance was chilling. By Tin Foil’s second performance, however, we were haunted in an entirely different way as they danced to I’ve Told Every Little Star with audio glitches and lighting flickers setting an eerie tone.

Poor Spice shared the sexy side of Drag with a sultry lip sync of Born to Die and You Get Me So High. Between the purple stage light and sensual movement, Poor Spice made a statement with her black suit jacket and long bare legs. Poor Spice took us out dancing in the second half of the show, with a blonde wig and a one piece, she partied to X AllMixedUp.

In their debut Queer performance, Audrey Cook came to the stage with their Drag persona Rat Savage. A “filthy, but beautiful” part rat, part man experiment. Rat Savage strutted onto the stage to read filthy confessions written by the audience. Digging through a bin, they pulled out and read tales of the guilty, the bizarre and the downright disgusting.

Enter Journal of Dami. Using spoken word, we heard a celebration of Black Queer joy and the journey of coming to realise who you are. From tales of envy of the water that carves the landscape with mother nature rather than trying to hide, to conversations of first love and first heartbreak, everything that Dami said we could relate to. Yet, it was all uniquely personal.

How could we spend a night of Queer realness and not fall in love with our luminescent host? With a flash of lime green from their heeled boots, Venus commanded the stage. Lip syncing to All Cried Out in the opening of the show, but also sharing their voice with us in a cover of Somewhere That’s Green to close the night. They were the thread that tied the show together.

With not one performer like the next, We The Queers was a perfect mix of everything the North East Queer performance scene has to offer.

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