Dizney in Drag: Once Upon a Parody
Rating: ★★★★★
Venue: Underbelly Festival, London
Cast: Owen Merriman, Jae West, Alex Nissen, Mason Gilbert, Emma Macmillan, Oscar Smith, Ashley Nissen

Prepare to have all your childhood dreams shattered like Cinderella's glass slipper in an elephant graveyard of adult fantasies and fairytale follies. ‘Dizney in Drag: Once Upon a Parody' is a Whole New World you didn't know you needed!

Follow some familiar characters and discover sides of them you never knew existed. Come and be a Toy in our Story. If you have any reservation, just Let It Go. Be Our Guest and book a seat now! You'll pity the Poor Unfortunate Souls that miss out on this one.

The Hairy Godmothers from down under are making their London debut with their hilariously provocative show, Dizney in Drag

The show begins with our hero, played by Jae West, trying to find their one true love, just like in the movies! With the help of the Hairy Godmother (Owen Merriman), we’re introduced to a stunning cast of potential bachelors and bachelorettes. And of course, there is singing, dancing, and plenty of puns along our hero’s journey to finding true love. 

What defines the show is the audience and their willingness to participate in the performance. This ensemble was so engaging with the audience, laughing at their responses and even asking a few to come onto the stage. If you as an audience member go into the theatre looking for a good time, then you are going to have it. 

This was an amazing cast that played so well together. Jae West was hilarious as the hero, and I couldn’t help but laugh at her reactions as her character learned a lot about the world. Owen Merriman (The Hairy Godmother) was the star of the show with great comedic timing and impeccable improvisation when interacting with the audience. Mason Gilbert‘s portrayal of Miss White demanded attention and I simply couldn’t look away or stop laughing. Emma Macmillan had me in tears with her performance of Gaston as Gaston, and I never quite knew I needed to hear Tinkerbell sing about menstruation in a parody of Colors of the Wind before now. 

Dizney in Drag is hysterical, witty, and a celebration of queer and self love. I don’t think I stopped laughing at any point in the show. There are so many Disney themed puns throughout I don’t think anyone could keep track. With that being said, it is a very mature show with some very mature props and “strong sexual references” as stated on the Underbelly Festival’s website. If that’s not for you, I wouldn’t recommend this show. But if it is, then I promise you will not be disappointed. 

If you are looking for a fun night out this week, look no further than Dizney in Drag at the Underbelly Festival in Cavendish Square. The show itself is only an hour long and The Underbelly Festival hosts a few food trucks, so it’s a great opportunity to have a drink, grab some good food, and enjoy one of the funniest drag shows I’ve ever seen. Dizney in Drag is only running until 14 July, so get your tickets now! 

You can book tickets to Dizney in Drag: Once Upon a Parody, here.

Review by Becca

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