You know it's been a good night when you can't get the words 'Big Fat Fabulous Queer Canadian' out of your head! With their Pride show OxPhwoard have again managed the alchemy of turning the cringey and tacky into a celebration of the different and sexy.
If you've never been to an Oxphwoard show before, it's part drag, part burlesque, part comedy, part tragedy and surprisingly has become a bit of an institution in ordinarily uptight Oxford.
The Pride Edition featured eye-opening pole dancing by Leila Davis, heart warming gyrations by Drag Syndrome, melancholic striptease by Pi the Mime, activism-disguised-as-belly-dance by Dancing Queer and hilariously foul-mouthed lip syncing by Rubyyy Jones the BFFQC (Big Fat Fabulous...). The stand out acts however were Romeo De La Cruz and Shakona Fires. Each weaved their experiences as trans into funny, moving, confidently sexy performances. Their acts were a window into what it's like to live outside gender norms - a perspective that I hadn't seen before.
Last but not least the show was held together by the incomparable Ginger Tart. A natural comic and show-woman, GT was on fine form- her repartee with the audience was worth the ticket price alone. Just watch out for flying underwear!