Death Drop - Back in the Habit

"A night full of laughter and naughtiness"

For any fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Death Drop – Back in the Habit is an absolute must.  We are treated to 4 stars from the show throughout the seasons in the shape of Jujubee (Sister Maria Julie Andrews), Cheryl Hole (Sister Mary Berry), Victoria Scone (Mother Superior) and Kitty Scott-Claus (Sis Titis).  Completing the cast is winner of Drag Idol UK, the first ever Drag King to win, Louis Cyfer (Father Alfie Romeo).  This is a stellar cast who have the audience in the palm of their hands from the very start.

The story centres around Father Alfie Romeo being sent to Saint Babs Nunnery where there have been strange goings on.  He is sent on his way and meets the 4 occupants of this very unconventional Nunnery. The hilarity starts from the get go and this is certainly an adult only type of night!  The audience cheer every performer as they appear on stage.  We first meet Sister Maria Julie Andrews (Jujubee) who is dressed just like you would imagine, with cropped blonde wig and a dress made of curtains, with the curtain rings still attached, a humorous homage to the Sound of Music.  There are many occasions where we are teased with the start of a song from the iconic musical, however, never quite get to hear a full rendition.  Jujubee is full of stage presence, comic timing and played the perfect role in Sister Maria Julie Andrews.

We meet the rest of the Nun’s, Sister Mary Berry (Cheryl Hole), Mother Superior (Victoria Scone) and the standout for me Kitty Scott-Claus (Sis Titis). Everything about Kitty’s performance had me in stitches and I was quite blown away by the quality of the vocal performance during the second act.  It is clear that each and every one on stage was really enjoying themselves, as there were a few moments of real laughs which just added to the hilarity of the whole evening. 

Louis Cyfer as Father Alfie Romeo is perfection.  It’s hard to put into words how brilliant his performance was, but for every perfectly delivered line, impeccable comic timing, the looks into the audience and general stage presence, his was one of the highlights of the night.

There were many Drag Race references for the super fan to enjoy throughout the night and writer Robert Evans uses up to date events well throughout the script.  Each movement, under the direction of Jesse Jones, was exaggerated and very theatrical, which again only added to the humour.  The set by Peter McKintosh was fairly minimal but worked very well to bring you into the nunnery with stained glass window and imposing stone pillars. McKintosh also designed the costumes which were not your typical Nuns outfits at all, only to be expected of course!

I was really excited to see this latest incarnation of Death Drop, having been so impressed with their previous offering and I was not disappointed.  I would have liked more musical moments, however as a whole the show flows well, provides many laughs and leaves you with face ache! They are definitely in the habit of providing a rip roaring night out!

This show was reviewed on the 14th March 2023.  Death Drop – Back in the Habit runs at the Alexandra Theatre until the 18th March 2023.  Tickets available here: Death Drop - Back In The Habit Tickets | The Alexandra, Birmingham in Birmingham | ATG Tickets

Photo credit: Danny Kaan

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