Last night at Star of Kings was our first LGBT night in over 18 months and it was an absolute blast. First to the stage, and fitting snugly under its low ceiling, was James Murphy, our favourite jolly rainbow giant. James quickly informed everyone that he now has a boyfriend, so ‘that backdoor is now spoken for!’. It was then over to Ahad Haider, who is confident he picked the right side of the battle of the sexual dynamics and who is a dab hand at puppetry. The wonderful Renata Pereira was after Ahad with some 80’s nostalgia…which she seems convinced was only 20 years ago. I wish..! It was then over to Matt Lowes, the bi with the eye for sailor slang and a deep-rooted suspicion of peacocks. Next saw the return of a face we’ve not seen at G&B in years, Georgia Thorp, who wasted no time at all in reminding us why we’ve missed her. Georgia breezed through lockdown. Over a year shut away was a piece of cake compared to her 20 years in the closet. It was then over to the fabulous Sallyann Fellowes, the dyspraxic who hates prawns and who admits she’d have beaten the crap out of Harry Potter if she’d gone to school with him. Closing the first half was George Tothill who reckons Bond must be gay. Think about it, who no matter where they are orders martini! George also left us with a little mantra to take away: “A little bit every day and you achieve nothing!”. Wise words.
The second half kicked off with a bit of magic and two brave volunteers before Rod Richardson got the comedy going with his theory as to why Price Harry would be a crap mate to party with: never pays for anything. After Rod we had Nat Graham, who didn’t know gay was an option without a written invite from Stephen Fry. It was then over to Will Owen and the Phillipe conundrum and why there are so many on Grindr, yet so few in the wild. After Will, we had Sadie Clark, who lost her job during lockdown but used the downtime diligently to perfect her masturbation technique. The evening’s penultimate act was CJ HopkinsHopkins, a committed fomosexual who fears missing out on sex far more than he ever enjoys actually having it. Closing the show was the rootin’ tootin’ fabulousness that is Brandon Burke. Bringing a bit of old school Dolly Parton vibe to the proceedings with his guitar and southern joy, Brandon closed our first LGBT night with the same infectious happiness with which he opened our first way back when at The Bell. An utter pleasure from start to finish.
Well, that was a whole load of fun. Thanks to everyone, acts and fabulous audience, for making it one of my favourite LGBT nights. Our next show at The Star is on Sunday, when we kick off our new daytime shows with Girlpower at The Star of Kings and headliners Vic Melody and Pam Ford. Hopefully, see you then.