Welcome to a special themed set of interviews for the lead up to Christmas – celebrating all the wonderful festive shows that are on this year. I have sat down with a bunch of troupes to find out more about the shows that they are performing.
Today we speak to Dragprov Revue who have a show TONIGHT at the London Improv Theatre with their show The Velvet Curtain Club. The show is in the style of a cabaret act duo and will be a night full of laughter, music, comedy and much more. I caught up with Christian Adore and Eaton Messe to have a bit of fun in the style of a Christmas Quick Fire Round.
Hello! tell us all about Dragprov Revue!
The Dragprov Revue is a drag king and queen double act, featuring lovable soft boi Christian Adore and self-styled-diva Eaton Messe. We improvise a “musically flawless” ★★★★★ [The 730 Review], “radio-ready” [LGBTQ+ Arts Review] cabaret of songs, skits and freestyle raps… Imagine a RuPaul meets Whose-Line-Is-It-Anyway fusion of high energy, acerbically witty improv, drag and musical comedy. Everything you’ve ever wanted to see, in one show? Yep. We thought so.
What is the show that you are bringing to the stage in this Festive season?
This festive season, the only thing we’re feeling more than ourselves is excitement at the approach of The Velvet Curtain Club on the 1st of December; our brand new night at London Improv Theatre featuring Drag Idol 2018 winner Felix Le Freak and the BBC/Channel 4/Comedy Central wonder-human Sophie Duker. We have made it our mission to gather London’s wittiest, quirkiest, queer cabaret acts for a comedy cabaret like no other! We will be improvising a musical, as well as giving a platform to drag-comedy that people outside of queer circles would not usually get to see. We are trembling with antici—pation.
Will there be a bit of festivity in your show?
Eaton: We will deck every hall in sight.
Christian: We will also be doing some new, Christmassy improv songs. Mariah, watch this space. We’re coming for ya.
What are your favourite things about the festive season and why?
Christian: The music. Christmas is the one time when everyone forgets their inhibitions about singing in public and – regardless of ability – will sing loud and proud. It’s just magical.
Eaton: Champagne at breakfast without people looking at you funny.
This time of year the venues tend to be a bit busier as well – do you find that the audience changes at all?
Christian: I think people are inundated with shows, and it can often be hard to know what to go and see… The audience doesn’t change perse, but audiences are more willing to join in when they feel that it’s festive: more heckles, more laughter, more silly festive banter. It’s cute.
What advice would you give for people performing around the festive season – is it important to add a Christmas related theme into it?
Eaton: If you supply Egg Nogg, the people will come.
What is the best thing about a night at Dragprov Revue for the audience?
Eaton: I think people come to see our relationship play out on stage. Audiences fall in love with Christian and Eaton as a duo –
Christian: Nothing screams ‘a hit show’ like co-dependency!
Eaton: – and I think they like watching for the moments where you see our actual friendship show through, as well as moments of vulnerability in the characters themselves.
Christian: Let’s not forget the music. People are consistently impressed by the fact that our songs sound like written songs. We have a really solid genre knowledge and some incredible pianists to work with, so the music in the show has a very polished feel.
Eaton: …also Christian’s modesty.
What is YOUR favourite show you have done this year and why?
Christian: My highlight was our last Oxford show. It was absolutely packed out and the crowd have been following us for years, so there was a beautiful family atmosphere. It felt… Right. Yaknow?
Eaton: Headlining Rachel Parris’ Musical Comedy Club at the Edinburgh Fringe was pretty darn special. Share that stage with performers we really admire, and getting such a great reception from the crowd, that’s definitely up there as one of my personal highlights.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Christian: Drag. Improv. Musicals.
Eaton: Ho. Ho. Ho.
CHRISTMAS QUICK FIRE ROUND
Best Christmas cracker joke and why?
Who knows. We’re usually well into our Christmas argument by the time crackers are on the cards.
Favourite Christmas film and why?
Eaton: Does ‘The Wizard of Oz’ count? It’s always on at Christmas.
Christian: THE GRINCH! Purely for the line “But what will I WEAR” which I quote every single time I get into drag… Also The Muppets Christmas Carol because I watched it for the first time with Eaton and I’ve never been one to celebrate Christmas (I’m Jewish) but it was the first year I’ve ever felt like… properly part of a silly tradition, which I actually wanted to share with friends. We sang along, and it was just… super bloody lovely.
Christian: Some of my best Christmases have been our “Edinburgh Christmases” in August at the Edinburgh Fringe, where we put up a fake tree, cook xmas dinner, and give presents… make up demonic carols. The works!
Eaton: To be fair, it is adorable.
What do you want for Christmas this year?
Eaton: Some new sensible heels!
What is the best adaptation in YOUR opinion of A Christmas Carol?
Christian: Not even a question.
Brussel Sprouts – Love or hate?
Eaton: Hate is a strong word. Let’s say tolerate like an annoying relative at the Christmas gathering, as you know it’ll be a short-lived encounter and then it’s a whole year before you have to see them again.
Favourite Christmas pop song?
Eaton: ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by St Maria. Is there any other option?
Christian: ‘Christmas in LA’ by Vulfpeck (omg my inner f*ck boy is coming out now).
Can you name what happens on the 12 days of Christmas in the song?
Christian: I’m going to be honest here and say I never get to 12…
Eaton: Yes – he tends to get rather excited shouting –
Christian: [stands, exuberantly] FIVE GOLD RINGS!
Eaton: – and hits his head on something.
Christian: It’s a bit embarrassing really.
Eaton: Eh. It’s a parade of ridiculousness that gets really loud in the middle. That’s all you need to know.
Favourite Christmas Food and why?
Eaton: Pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, turkey and cranberry-
Eaton: Actually yeah, gin.
Were you ever part of a nativity play at school? What role were you given?
Christian: Eaton played a chicken once.
Eaton: I’ll have you know that was one of the principal roles!
Christian: She was actually very good. It was a chick[en] flick version of a nativ-
Eaton: Shut up Christian.
What is your favourite Christmas episode of any TV show.
Eaton: The Simpsons Christmas episode ‘Marge Be Not Proud’, when Bart shoplifts but learns a lesson and when Marge buys him the wrong video game he pretends it’s the one he wanted and OH GOD THE FEELINGS.
Christian: Are you okay?
A big important question. Is Die Hard a Christmas film?
Eaton: Is Christmas the subject matter, or the backdrop? Answer this and you know the answer within yourself.
Christian: I want to take this moment to say that I’m Jewish and therefore can watch whatever I like-
Eaton: Not the Jewish thing again-
Christian: -and I reject the capitalist notion of-
Christian: -don’t worry I’m still getting you a present.
Find out more about tonights show by clicking here