Sibling Rivalry at Newcastle Tyne Theatre review

Sibling Rivalry is the new show from KlubKidz UK featuring the hilarious comedy from Bob the Drag Queen and Monet Xchange.

If you don’t already know, Bob the Drag Queen snatched the crown in Season 8 of the Netflix hit show Rupauls Drag Race and Monet Xchange was the Miss Congeniality of her season and the winner of Rupauls Drag Race Allstars season 4. These two hilarious and gorgeous queens teaming up in one show in the UK, I had to go! 

When you’re a massive fan of Rupaul’s Drag Race, you’re likely to be excited when KlubKidz UK announce a new tour, especially when they’re coming to your city. Sibling Rivalry was held at  Newcastles Tyne Theatre and Opera House. The great thing about this venue is you are so close to the stage in the stalls meaning that everyone even those on the balcony got a brilliant view of the show. 

The show is based upon their podcast of the same name and has the same feel as if you’re listening to it. If you haven’t really heard of Bob or Monet, then I highly recommend listening to their podcast! 

You know it’s going to be a good show when they bring their own DJ with them. Whilst waiting for the seats to fill before the show, he’s pumping out all the amazing songs you’ll have heard on the show and other great dance music, putting you in a great mood before the shows even begun.

The show starts off with a video introduction in the style of Frozen with them both arguing over the TV. One push of a magically sparkly button and they’ve been teleported onto the stage performing in Dream Girls with the audience swaying and clapping along. Monet grabs the remote saying how bored she is and with a click of the button and the rip away of their costume, they start dancing to the Ghostbusters theme. 

Split across two halves, this 90 minute show is nothing but fun. I didn’t stop smiling all evening. The audience spent most of the evening singing, clapping or screaming along. It’s a bit like sitting in a massive living room with other excited fans screaming and clapping along. 

Sometimes seeing artists, performers or singers in real life can be a bit of a disappointment, but I can 100% assure you that this is show is just laughter and fun with queens who look as good as they do on the TV. It really is Rupauls Drag Race come to life. The best part about the whole show is the back and forth between Bob and Monet. The ad libbed comments, the sassy putdowns and sly shady jokes really bring this sibling rivalry to life and you yearn for more than just 90 minutes of this hilarious evening.

It wouldn’t be a drag show without show-stopping dance routines and they both pull it out the bag in this one. We were treated to a first ever performance of a routine by Monet Xchange and it was EVERYTHING! Monet and Bob are joined by backing dancers throughout a variety of numbers, one of my favourites being an Adamms family style dance with Bob dressed as Morticia. The look, the dancing, it was amazing!

In typical drag comedy style, we were treated to discussions (or arguments) about many things in pop culture, everything from the Royal family and our opinions on #megxit to all about Rupauls Drag Con UK 2020. That’s right, Drag Con is in London this weekend!

One of the best things about this show is the huge amount of audience involvement. They did a mini Q&A with the audience, listened to peoples shouting out and then they ended the show with “Drag Suicide”. Don’t worry nothing gory or terrifying! The performers ask the audience for songs, ANY SONGS, and then they have to compete in a lip-sync battle against each other as the songs are put on shuffle. Meaning they could completely flop, or completely come out with a full lip sync and dance number. The variety makes the excitement palpable in the room, everyone was buzzing and whispering, trying to come up with song suggestions from every genre. 

Monet and Bob came down into the audience running around the seats asking for song suggestions from everyone.There was everything from Paramore to Anastasia and even calls for Ant and Dec’s “Let’s get ready to Rhumble”. They cycled through songs from Disney to pop even country hits and the most amazing rendition of “The Circle of Life from The Lion King. 

Something I had never heard of before and I am eagerly awaiting the next time I see it. I have waited for over 5 years to go to my first drag show and they are every bit as brilliant as I thought it would be. There were times I was laughing so hard, I was almost crying. 

An evening of laughter, great comedy and banter, it really did not disappoint! And the best part? They came out at the end to sign peoples merchandise and had the queue heading almost out of the room with people clutching fans, t-shirts and photos. I queued up with my photo and got to meet them, and they were so kind and friendly. 

Missed out on this amazing night? Keep an eye out for future KlubKidz UK events over on their website.

 

~ a guest blog review by Shannon Kennedy