The night revolves around several performances by drag queens, centred around the night's theme. While these are lip-synced performance pieces, we’re not talking about a man in heels clapping along to I Will Survive. From a queen plastered in pork products, covered in blood and performing Lady Gaga’s Swine, to an Alice In Wonderland commanding you Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat, the focus is as much on the visual as anything you hear over the speakers. Each of the night’s performers is competing for your drag dollars (you are given a small quantity upon arrival, which you then use to tip your favourite performer) and the performer to receive the most drag dollars wins a cash prize, so the competition is tough and the hardest part of your evening is deciding whom to tip!
Alongside Anna and Cheddar, this month we saw Heather Phetish painted blue as Diva Plavalaguna, the blue opera singer from the Fifth Element, Beyoncé Holes as an androgynous Ripley, complete with chest-burster and joined on stage by a xenomorph and Grace Oni Smith, the eventual winner, enthroned and mechanical like the robot from Metropolis, statuesque and resplendent. But all this on stage is just a segment of the night - half of its charm is the people-watching, meeting its fabulous crowd of multi-coloured faces and seeing the effort they go to for a night where they can be as creative, loud and flamboyant as they like. Yes, this is a niche night, but its niche is well worth witnessing. Where else can you see a Geri Halliwell impersonator slathering herself with gateau and trifle, or watch a My Little Pony sodomising a unicorn? Anything can happen at Cha Cha Boudoir and it's the kind of night where you actually don't want to get drunk in case you miss anything. I certainly can't wait for Party Number 11.