On Saturday August 1, drag queens’ Tiana Biscuit and Ella Vaday hosted the first and only socially-distanced outdoor drag show at the Stanley Halls in Norwood. My friend Josh booked tickets for me, him and our friends Lauren, Jesmine and Liv – and I am so bloody glad we went because it was an incredible night.
We were originally going to get the train but instead Lauren kindly decided to drive us up there. It was quick and easy to get to and we parked around the corner from the venue, which was free from a certain time (I can’t remember the exact time, I believe it was 7pm though). The show took place at 7pm outside in the Stanley Halls Yard Bar, which is a lovely outdoor area, with a little bar and stage. Our seats were separated from others (adhering to government guidelines) and to be honest, there wasn’t many people there as the Yard Bar is quite small and also, due to the coronavirus, the venue can only allow outside a limited number of people.
Four drag queens performed that evening. As mentioned, Tiana Biscuit and Ella Vaday hosted and special guests, River Medway and Sophia Stardust joined them. They were all absolutely amazing! They looked incredible and performed so well. We laughed, were amazed and had the best evening. (We also had a few too many Pornstar Martinis from the Yard Bar, which were so nice!). They offered just about every spirit, bottles of Prosecco, soft and hot drinks. They also offered hot food (we had Maccies before so I cannot really comment on the food).
Tiana Biscuit and Ella Vaday kicked off the show with a duet of Rain On Me by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande (one of my fav songs at the mo) and were both incredible.
Tiana Biscuit sung a few musical theatre songs, including Defying Gravity from Wicked The Musical and As Long As He Needs Me from Oliver! The Musical, which she performed soooo well and for me, was one of the highlights as I love a bit of musical theatre.
Sophia Stardust and River Medway performed some incredible pieces of their own and a duet together to Touch by Little Mix, which we all really enjoyed.
The evening was just full of a whole load of sassiness, dancing and lols! I’ve never been to a drag performance and I now cannot wait to go again.
If you’re looking for a fun, inexpensive and safe night out with friends, I’d definitely recommend going to Drag From a Distance. The venue itself is fairly close to some nice bars (map below) if you fancied continuing a night of fun. I also believe, if it does rain, the drag queens can now put on the show inside the Stanley Halls (which is huge and also will include social-distancing of course). As well, toilets are located inside the venue!
Tiana Biscuit has hosted another Drag From a Distance since and there is one coming up at the same venue on Friday August 28, featuring a whole host of new queens. I believe there are tickets available still, although they do sell out quick! All information is on Tiana’s Instagram page, which is linked here.