LIVE REVIEW: Werq The World – QPAC

As the global takeover of drag continues, Voss Events have brought their over the top and pure fabulous production, Werq The World, to Australia for a second year of more lip sync assassinations, glittery sequins, fierce choreography and jaw dropping aerialist numbers.

The intergalactic themed 2020 tour sees a line up of Rupaul’s Drag Race favourites including Detox, Plastique Tiara and Kim Chi, as well as crowned winners Aquaria, Violet Chachki, Sharon Needles and Monet X Change bringing their unique styles to a glamorous theatre stage. 

With a sold out Brisbane crowd (including global superstar Adam Lambert who was spending his night off from the Queen stadium tour at the show) packing into QPAC, the anticipation was high as the lights dimmed and the curtain revealed the musical theatre inspired set. 

With dramatic lighting and a fitting OTT storyline of how the queens need to save the world from “Ru-Pocolypse” unveiled, each queen dropped their hooded capes to strut down the stage and introduce themselves to the screaming crowd.

Hosting the show was Monet X Change, who hilariously entertained the crowd in between performances with her candid anecdotes. And no topic was off subject for the tied All Stars season 4 winner. From Grindr hook ups, to her love for straight men and even shady reads of other Rupaul contestants, she had the crowd laughing from start to finish. 

Plastique Tiara was the first queen to grace the stage with her solo performance, and it’s safe to say it was one dramatic affair. Rising down from the ceiling with snow also falling from the roof, she was wearing a beautiful white dress and lip synching to Madonna’s ‘Frozen’. Mashing it with Lorde’s cover of ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, ‘So Cold’ by Mahalo x DLMT and ‘Cold Hearted’ by Paula Abdul, she kept the cold theme throughout the stunning performance. 

Kim Chi took a different comedic approach to her performance by beginning in a egg costume and lip synching to Nelly Furtado’s ‘I’m Like A Bird’ before a tearaway costume reveal into a bird costume for a k-pop number. It was a very memorable performance that was comical, silly and fun, which has always been what drag has been about. 

Strutting across the stage for a choreographed dance number, Detox’s performance on this tour was a little underwhelming compared to the usual spectacle and level of energy she delivers. While it may have felt a little under-done, the number was still entertaining and saw her looking absolutely stunning and rocking a green mohawk.

After a brief intermission, Monet X Change kicked off the second half of the show with a magical number of surprise costume reveals and intriguing illusions. But as soon as she finished, Sharon Needles took to the stage to perform a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Life On Mars’ which was a little pitchy in parts but also managed to capture a dramatic essence. 

Strutting and lip syncing her way out onto the stage to Lady Gaga’s ‘Venus’, Aquaria was all about serving looks along before transitioning into Katy Perry’s ‘Walking On Air’ where things got a little extra theatrical. 

Rising into the air on a wire, she started doing acrobatic flips and walking upside down which was giving P!nk a run for her money on her arena sized stunts. And while she was doing all of this, she was serving pure looks and face. 

Coming down from the roof on a outline of a rocket ship, Violet Chachki and two dancers performed a aerial act which was half fashion and half art with a bit of sex thrown into the mix. It was quintessential Violet Chachki and was the perfect way to finish the solo numbers. 

With the dancers having their own solo moment to shine to Genuwine’s ‘Pony’, the whole cast came out to play with a lip sync extravaganza to a medley of classic Rupaul songs before singing Aquaria a happy birthday and taking a bow to Tove Lo’s ‘Heroes’ and Britney Spears ’Til The World Ends’ while confetti filled the air. 

With incredible and fun performances that were aided by huge production, the only aspect that could be worked on for the next tour was allowing each queen to quickly chat to the crowd and show their unique personality in a more candid way. Because fans fall in love with them through candid moments on the TV show, and it would be great to incorporate that into the structure of the show and evolve it even further. 

But what Werq The World does so incredibly well is giving drag queens a professional international stage to perform on with the glitzy and theatrical production that drag deserves to have.