Velma Celli’s critically acclaimed performance Iconic – A Brief History of Drag has made its way to Adelaide! Velma delivers impressive renditions of classics such as Sugar Daddy and Under Pressure, as well as a medley of songs from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. We – along with the rest of the audience – were thoroughly entertained by Velma’s powerful vocals and non-stop sass, and we promise that this show certainly won’t be a drag.
Velma – portrayed by Ian Stroughair – commands the audience’s attention as soon as she enters, wearing eyeliner as bold as her personality, and the heels to match. Velma is confident, unafraid, and always mischievous – three factors which culminate to bring the audience a sensational production which packs entertainment into every second. She shines both figuratively and literally, thanks to her rhinestone-studded ensemble, but the songs chosen and performed by Stroughair, as well as the history behind them, is instrumental to the show’s success. Audience members often sang along with Velma, and it became obvious that Iconic was a hit.
The ticket sales speak for themselves – a sold out UK tour is evidence enough of the high-quality performance and arresting displays of showmanship within Iconic. But if that wasn’t enough to convince you, just look at the 5-star reviews by Boyz Magazine, Theatre & Perform, West End Wilma, Musical Theatre Review, Carn’s Theatre Passion, Pocketsize Theatre, and Theatreland. Stroughair has previously starred in musicals such as Fame, Chicago, Rent, and Cats, which becomes evident throughout the show as Velma effortlessly progresses from one demanding musical number to another, interspersed with quips and anecdotes that have the audience in stitches.
Even those with little knowledge of drag culture will be able to appreciate the spot-on vocals, wicked sense of humour, and bold performance. Iconic – A Brief History of Drag is on show at Gluttony in the Parasol Lounge until the 17th of March. Don’t miss out on this performance, which, just as its name suggests, is truly iconic.
Words by Xueying Sun
WHERE: Gluttony, 37 East Tce, Adelaide