Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Musical
By Arrangement with Nullarbor Productions, in association with MGM On Stage. Exclusively licensed by Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd, Written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott.
Freerain Theatre Company’s production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy Developed for the Stage and Original Direction by Simon Phillips
That magical musical bus known as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is rolling into Queanbeyan.
Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!
Based on the 1994 popular movie of the same name, Priscilla Queen of the Desert follows the journey of two drag queens, Tick and Adam, and a transgender woman, Bernadette, as they travel across Australia in their bus, named Priscilla. Tick has been asked to perform at a hotel in Alice Springs by his estranged wife, Marion. Taking Adam and Bernadette along with him, the trio drive from Sydney to the remote resort town in the middle of the desert. Tick tells his companions that the trip is a favour to his wife, from whom he is separated, but does not reveal that he also has an 8-year-old son he does not know, but who now wants to meet his father. As they head west, Tick, Adam, and Bernadette learn to accept and support each other, whilst encountering a number of strange and colorful characters. After experiencing violent homophobic threats, Adam is forced to realize that not everyone is accepting of his flamboyant lifestyle, whilst Bernadette opens up to the possibility of love again following the death of her husband.
Upon reaching Alice Springs, Tick finally meets his son, Benjamin, who accepts his father’s homosexuality and drag queen persona. The trio perform at the resort and realize that they have forged a bond that will last forever. Full of well-known pop songs and supported by three divas flying high above the stage, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a flamboyant, funny, disco-fuelled musical that gets the audience up on their feet.
LOCK OUT: if late you will be seated when there is a suitable break in the performance
RUNNING TIME: 2 hrs 20 mins inclusive of 20 min interval
AUDIENCE ADVICE: Haze effects, moderate coarse language