Review: Hokem Pokem

3.5 Stars
Part of the And What? Festival.

The only thing I knew about And What? Festival’s Hocum Pokem performance going in, was that it was a parody on Hocus Pocus and it had RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 Winner, Jinkx Monsoon, playing one of the main characters. And that was all the queer references I needed, to be honest!

I hadn’t watched the original movie in many years, but when you are going to watch a parody, does it really matter? I quickly decided to just enjoy the show, and enjoy it, I did! Combine experienced drag acts, a cult film, queer references and humour to your heart’s content, some politics, and even a surprise audience interaction with the original Magenta from Rocky Horror Picture Show, and you give an audience all the life that they need on an ordinary Tuesday night in London. There were shouts of “YASS Queen!” and snapping of fingers throughout the entire performance!

The plot itself follows the old and wicked Manderson drag-sisters as they resurrect and embark on a quest to suck the soul out of rising drag starlets, and thus become young and beautiful for all eternity. Led by the fabulous and larger than life Peaches Christ, and combining lip-synching, dance, over the top acting, and live singing, there was something for everyone. Jinkx Monsoon’s outstanding vocal range arguably stole the show during two amazing solos, as well as by improvising masterfully during some technical mishaps. It is also important to mention London’s very own powerhouse Holestar, as the “lady drag queen” subverting gender expectations and singing a solo which brought the house down in its two-finger raising to the patriarchy.

A great and fun night welcoming Halloween and celebrating queer culture in all its wicked variety and fabulousness!

© Ryan C.V 2017

For the full line up of the And What? Festival visit their website here.

Hokem pokem

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