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Take The Sound Of Music and fuse it with the Scream films, and you’re part way to imagining what Death Drop - Back In The Habit is like. Then think of rude and crude innuendoes, and witty one-liners that call to mind pantomimes or The Rocky Horror Show - delivered by some of the biggest and best drag queens, kings and stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race - and you’ll have an even better idea of what to expect from this show...

The original Death Drop production has enjoyed three sold-out West End runs and a smash-hit UK tour. This rough-and-ready sequel is a hybrid of the murder-mystery/horror genres, comes complete with dead bodies, zombies and the Devil, and is liberally festooned with pop-culture references; all of which is then brilliantly bolstered by relentless and gloriously camp comedy.

The story takes place in a convent, where the nuns find their peace and tranquility violently undermined as a murderer moves amongst them. 

The plot is wafer thin and of little importance. What matters, and what is delivered in spades by the drag stars, is the comedy and silliness. 

The set is simple, which is part of its charm - the convent boasts stained-glass windows and is very Hammer House of Horror. The choreography works well, while the props, lighting and special effects are all cleverly deployed throughout.

You need to be very broad-minded to enjoy the show’s good-humoured profanities and explicit content, but assuming you are, there’s plenty to enjoy in this surely-soon-to-be-cult drag show. 

3 stars

Reviewed by Sue Hull at The Alexandra, Birmingham, Tuesday 14 March

Death Drop - Back In The Habit runs at The Alexandra, Birmingham, until Saturday 18 March