Bournemouth welcomed some glamour this June in the form of the Ladyboys of Bangkok. Armed with sequin covered glitzy outfits, cheesy renditions of everyone’s favourite pop songs and a classy Pavilion to perform in, the Ladyboys certainly provided a night to remember.
Being a fan of cabaret and burlesque, the Ladyboys of Bangkok show seemed right up my street. Arriving at the specially made Sabai Pavilion, set up just on the sea front, we picked up our tickets from the box office and headed for the entrance.
The entrance was grand, and on entering we were welcomed by a rather classy bar, somewhere to purchase some show goodies from and an area for photo opportunities in the form of a board that you put your head in to look like a Ladyboy or a luxurious sofa to strike a pose on.
After posing for some photos, we headed into the main part of the Pavilion, where we were shown to our table to wait for the show to begin.
As the lights went down in the Pavilion, I could feel the excitement lingering in the room, and the show began. The host of the show introduced the Ladyboys of Bangkok and glitter ensued.
My first thoughts were that the Ladyboys looked stunning in every single performance. I was blown away by how feminine and glamorous every member of the show looked and their glitzy outfits were something rather special. Especially the Egyptian outfits that they wore to perform a rendition of Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’. That was a particular highlight of mine, in both performance and costume.
The addition of some male dressed dancers doing some dance skits, a dwarf and a queen bee made for some humorous entertainment that left me crying with laughter. The audience participation was awkward and hilarious at the same time. Two of three unsuspecting young guys were dragged onto the stage to be danced on and waxed, and a small group of giggling ladies were brought onto the stage to join in on a rendition of the YMCA.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching in awe as the Ladyboys glammed up the stage, strutting their stuff, laughed at a dwarf playing the female role in a comical version of Sia’s song (you know, the one featuring with Shia LaBeouf), and singing along to some Sister Act songs (yes they did go there – I love them!).
Other music featured; The Vengaboys (oh yes), Taylor Swift – with a cheer leader dance to accompany, Little Mix – a school theme that ripped the piss out of the band (I loved it) and One Dire-Erection (yep you read that correctly, accompanied by a cardboard Zayne).
I don’t think I have ever experienced a show quite like the Ladyboys of Bangkok before, but it’s certainly one I would watch again. I laughed, I admired and I sang my heart out. Why not go and check out the show for yourself, see where your nearest show is on the Ladyboys of Bangkok website.
Words and photography by Michelle Stannard