The Edinburgh Fringe 3-Nighter – Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho

Margaret Thatcher Queen of SohoHopefully we will have had time for a quick bite to eat before going off to see Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho. To be honest, I’m not expecting much in the way of political satire – the promotional photo tells you it’s going to be a huge send-up with not an insubstantial amount of drag. But that’s fine with me. It’s described thus: “She’s back! Britain’s first female prime minister stars in a drag comedy musical extravaganza like no other! On the eve of the vote for Section 28, Maggie gets lost in Soho and accidentally becomes a cabaret superstar, but will she change her mind about the homophobic bill before it’s too late? A camp odyssey about gay rights, the 80s and disco!” I’m hoping it’s going to be as fully tasteless as it sounds. It’s on at the Assembly George Square Gardens at 21:10 – and we have very little time between its finishing an hour later and the start of our next show so I’ll try to feedback here at 10.10pm but if I can’t, it might have to be after the following show, a preview of which will be up here at about 10.00pm.

Bit later than expected – but what a treat. Whoever it is who plays the late Baroness has got the condescending mannerisms off to a T, which when mixed with her doing disco numbers and the story of her becoming an enlightened liberal creates one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a long time. Great adlibbing too – and a well deserved standing ovation at the end. Maggie the Magnificent!

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