Drag Me To Love: an autobiographical dragshow

‘Drag Me To Love’ makes me wish to be dragged back to love repeatedly It’s rare to get the chance to see a drag show. Nevermind one set in your hometown, referencing places that you know and people that you’ve heard of. So obviously, I leapt at the chance and bounded through the indie chic […]

Olivia Blackham
6th March 2019

‘Drag Me To Love’ makes me wish to be dragged back to love repeatedly

It’s rare to get the chance to see a drag show. Nevermind one set in your hometown, referencing places that you know and people that you’ve heard of. So obviously, I leapt at the chance and bounded through the indie chic doors of the Alphabetti Theatre alongside my fellow Danensian.

the only thing better than seeing drag queens is witnessing half-sober middle-aged men and women singing and dancing

Before I can rave about the show that has it all, I must, by legal obligation, fan girl over the theatre. From the mini bookshop to the arty bar to the comfy, worn out sofas, I was hooked on the Alphabetti’s vibe. I know that you’re envisaging a bunch of teenagers wearing The 1975 t-shirts. However, you’ll be shocked to hear that I was one of the youngest in attendance and I definitely wasn’t wearing a The 1975 shirt. And I can tell you, the only thing better than seeing drag queens is witnessing half-sober middle-aged men and women singing and dancing.

Back to Bonnie and the Bonnettes. When you attend a drag show, you expect the theatrical equivalent of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. And I can tell you, I got that, but I also got so much more. I discovered the true pain and beauty behind the self-discovery and life of a drag queen. The last 9 years of Bonnie Love’s life has been filled with confusion and passion and heartbreak beyond what most can imagine. You often hear the painful truth of the lives of many marginalized people, but rarely drag queens. Their lives are filled with glitz and glamour and fake boobs- who doesn’t dream of that?

It felt like being in Flares but with more ribbons

Not only is this display of emotion not to be missed but the high-quality musical numbers have you up and out of your seat, even if you don’t want to be.  Covering all the drag classics including Total Eclipse of the Heart and Proud Mary. It felt like being in Flares but with more ribbons. Now I have well and truly piqued your interest. The ribbons were arguably the best part of the entire performance. Of course, you are now confused as to how ribbons and drag queens mix but I can tell you that they should and do. The blue wigged Bonnette has style and that performance would not have been a performance without it.

Now, I have given only a snippet view of this incredible show solely to give you the opportunity to witness it yourself. I could sit and discuss and describe all day, but I find the process of watching to be the best because no one reacts the same. So, enjoy it, cherish every laugh and key because it is one of those beautiful moments that you wish would never end.

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