Last night I almost didn’t go to Vivo Treasure Island to see the Bitter and Twisted Experience. For the past couple of days I felt the beginnings of a cold but fortunately my plan to stay indoors changed at the last minute, and I am so very glad it did otherwise I would have missed a great evening.
I did wonder what the boys could possibly do that I had not already seen. Over the past 12 months I had been to Decades, Titanic, Christmas and my personal favourite to date Decades goes to Hollywood each dinner show totally different from the last yet all bursting with so much energy and creativity.
In the past, I never used to be a fan of the RuPaul type of drag queens since generally they look a helluva lot better in a dress and heels than I do. However Bitter and Twisted are not like that, they are not attempting to pass themselves off as women. Neither of them could be called a mistress of flawless make-up, in a strong wind their eyelashes alone would give them lift-off. What they are is masters of musical mayhem as they combine classic clowning with outrageous panto.
After a warm welcome from Mr Barry Sparkle, everyone pre-ordered their first drink (which are continually topped up throughout the show) we were soon enjoying our leek and potato soup starter, this was followed by Beef Stroganoff with rice and I chose the chocolate and vanilla ice cream slice whilst Jim opted for profiteroles with chocolate sauce for dessert. The food as in the past was consistently good as is the service, our waitress for the night was the lovely Sammi.
The show begins in an ever-changing whirlwind of sequins and sparkle as the exuberant stars cheekily worked their way through a huge repertoire of songs that cleverly switch the original lyrics for innuendo-loaded, hilarious lines.
I’m normally a giggler but B&T had me crying. The show is a little bit bawdy, raunchy, risqué, rude but never crude. I can only liken it to a saucy seaside postcard filled with double entendres and heaving bosomed ladies. It involves much more audience participation that the other shows. However, don´t hide at the back of the room, B&T don’t pick on people who look wary or single out the most uncomfortable person for special treatment, instead they banter with those who are up for a laugh.
The Friday night show is certainly an ‘Experience’ from beginning to end it is one helluva funny night. Just like those saucy postcards – if you should happen to see a group of people giggling and nudging each other, you’ll know that Bitter and Twisted have been working their holiday magic!
In a word….. Unmissable!