There were feathers, there were sequins, there were silicone implants and there was some questionable miming; it could only be The Lady Boys of Bangkok’s Feathers & Fantasy 2010 Cabaret Tour!
Arriving fashionably late and altogether rather flustered in my now too-tight bowtie I found my party, Mother Christopher and Adam, sat at Table 34 just as the red curtains went up and the room’s jaws dropped. Some of the world’s most beautiful ladies strutted onto stage in full Georgian dress to perform Madonna’s Vogue. Their full length ball gowns were cut away at the front to flaunt enviable pins in platform stilettos. Naturally. Their grace, demeanour and effortless sexual energy was contagious, nobody could keep their eyes of them.
The show was a high speed somersault of costume changes (apparently around 500), comedy and cabaret with pop songs from Lady Gaga and The Saturdays to Sarah Brightman and Michael Jackson. The performances were varied and included acrobatics from topless bouncers, a Bankox Got Talent sketch and of course plenty of enhanced, waxed, nipped and tucked fabulousness from the Lady Boys themselves.
Many will have gone and will go to see this show for its Freak Show status. However, not I, these “representatives of the 3rd sex” are anything but freaks. They are fucking fabulous.
I realise this blog post sounds rather like the PR fluff on the Lady Boys’ website but I don’t care because you should book a date and open your mind to a whole new world of entertainment and, for these 16 men, of existence.
The Lady Boys have left the Sabai Pavillion in Manchester’s Gay Village but will gracing Edinburgh, Belfast, Leeds and Newcastle with their unmistakable presence during their 2010 tour and will be back in Manchester once again for Sparkle Transgender Pride Weekend in 2011.