Entertainment Hive 2017

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho starring Matt Tedford

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Space Theatre, June 15-17

Review by Honey B

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is a brilliantly bawdy romp through the British political landscape of 1988. The piece finds Maggie T. grappling with the issue of Section 28 – legislation which bans the ‘promotion of homosexuality by local authorities including schools’. Matt Tedford portrays the Iron Lady in all of her riotous glory as she accidentally gets lost in Soho and mistaken for a drag queen on the eve of the Section 28 vote. It’s a wrong turn that shows Thatchie in a completely different light. This is a ridiculous show with fabulous music from It’s Raining Men to YMCA, the political satire was sharp and witty and there were several local pollie mentions. However, the drab Wednesday night crowd seemed to be expecting more Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady rather than Tedford’s hilarious portrayal of Britain’s longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20 th  century. Tedford and his two denim short clad Thatcherites – Ronnie and Reagan – performed their little butts off but to little avail. There was only a small portion of the crowd appreciating the biting political humour and the gay abandon of the show. This is a show that requires audience participation and a smart crowd with a basic understanding of its political hero. Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is a wink- wink, nudge-nudge hilarious night out if you are willing to get lost in the clubs of Soho with Maggie.
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