Review: The Ladyboys of Bangkok Devonshire Green

The Lady Boys of Bangkok prepare for their shows in Sheffield
The Lady Boys of Bangkok prepare for their shows in Sheffield
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It’s not every Monday night you get to watch a Sheffield bloke writhing in embarrassment as a ladyboy writhes on his lap.

Then it is not every week that Thailand’s second most notorious form of entertainment rolls in to Devonshire Green.

We were a little apprehensive. It’s not the kind of performance where you can walk out unridiculed either.

But feather by sequin, lapdance by filthy joke, we were gradually seduced into the show.

The girls can’t - or don’t - sing, choosing to mime badly instead.

But boy they can entertain.

The 200 lavish costumes are changed lightning quick behind the scenes and cast members are unbelievably beautiful.

They danced their way through hits, from a hip-thrusting Amy Winehouse to a sad Celine Dion. The classic I Will Survive was adapted and a poignant My Way showed a ladyboy’s transformation.

The star was obvious, a seasoned performer who pulled in men from the audience and the biggest laughs.

By the end the girls were gyrating on the bar. And in the audience we were all - from grannies to students - waving our hands in the air, singing lustily, having a blast.

A high class performance it was not, but our beaming smiles all the way home summed it up.