Ambassadors Theatre, London – until 18 March 2023
Let’s start off by saying that this show is the most joyous and heartfelt 75 minutes I’ve maybe ever experienced in the theatre. Rob Madge has taken the highs and lows of their childhood to create a show which celebrates individuality in the most spectacularly jubilant way.
During lockdown, Madge became an online sensation after sharing their childhood home videos of the shows they’d put on with the help of family, and now these performances have been brought to stage in a flawless way. The show is a manifesto on being authentically who you are, and really couldn’t do a better job at highlighting the joy and freedom that the Arts can bring.
There are a number of incredibly poignant parts to the show, especially when Madge discusses the harsh way they were treated growing up by both pupils and teachers. They showcase how incredible their family have been and put forth such a strong message of acceptance. Whilst not everyone may have such a positive experience, the show has the lovely message that found family can be even better than those related by blood and if we all support one another, the world will be a much brighter place.
The great writing (Pippa Cleary), outstanding comedic timing, brilliant direction from Luke Sheppard and insurmountable talent of Madge mean there truly aren’t enough adjectives to describe how moving and entertaining My Son’s a Queer is. Not only is it narratively successful, it also includes some wonderful vocal moments, as well as a spectacular array of costumes by Ryan Dawson Laight and the whole package is faultless; every element just works.
Rob is a natural storyteller and entertainer who has the audience in the palm of their hand from the get go. They’ll have your cheeks hurting from laughing and your nose running from crying but it’s all worth it to experience this gem in the crown of brilliant British theatre. My Son’s a Queer (But what can you do?) is everything theatre should be.