Let’s Hear it for the Boys!
Boylexe, Shadow Lounge, 26 September 2012
Having thoroughly enjoyed Burlexe earlier this year, I was delighted to be invited to the first performance of Howard Wilmot’s latest creation, Boylexe, and see how the boys measured up (so to speak) against the girls.
A 1980s soundtrack is always guaranteed to put a smile on my face, and the resident DJ played us in with some favourites from that decade whilst some of the performers threw shapes to the music (Devoh Bobbie impressed me from the start with his infectious enthusiasm), and when Kele le Roc opened the show with ELO’s hit, Xanadu, I knew I was onto a winner. Phil Dzwonkiewicz gave us a teasing taste of what was to come, followed by Randolph Hott, whose suit and tie were soon removed in the first dance of the evening. We then heard the story of Babette, a boy who ran away to the circus, before Devoh Bobbie took to the stage to the tune of Madonna’s Vogue. Bobbie’s dancing and acting are both excellent, and his shy-but-cheeky boy act was very well received.
There were many wonderful moments in this show: Mr Mistress’ reverse strip was hilarious, as was Nine Bob Rob’s Playstation, and Phil Dzwonkiewicz made a marvellous transformation from suave to geek. The monologues tended to be on the humourous side without the edginess that was evident in Burlexe, keeping the mood of the show on a constant upbeat level. Kele Le Roc was a fantastic hostess, and also showed her acting talent as a drag queen who was, in her own words, “only one nose job away from Janet Jackson.” Performances from Phil Bedwell, Rob Pryor and Patric Deony also added to the evening’s enjoyment.
So Burlexe or Boylexe? The boys were funnier, but the girls were sexier. I’d personally like to see a combined boys and girls show. Who knows – they may even now be working on it.
Picture by Magnus Arrevad. For more information about Boylexe, visit www.boylexe.co.uk.