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A new comedy by the writer of “Hen Party Night” Chris Ponka, telling the story of club bouncer Phil, DJ Doug, and barman Colin… It’s coming up to Halloween and the nightclub in which the trio all work has no act, so the boys decide to put on a little show of their own....
Bringing together Michael Cross, Andrew Ryan and Patric Kearns, get ready for a entertainment filled evening where The Full Monty meets Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, featuring music by such divas as Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey and Judy Garland. But be warned ‐ this play is strictly for adults only with strong language and adult content from the start!
“When life’s a drag put on your dancing shoes.
The Spice Girls, Shirley Bassey, Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland arrived at Croydon’s
Ashcroft Theatre last week for the arrival of Raining Men, the hilarious comedy/musical by Chris Ponka. Billed as a cross between The Full Monty and Bouncers this proves to be a fun filled evening of entertainment with a twist on the word drag.
The plot is simple - set in the cabaret bar of Jewells Nightclub it tells the story of Doug the cheesy quick-witted disc jockey, Phil the stereotypical, very macho doorman and Colin the barman. The trio get the chance to leave their glum everyday jobs behind for one night and form the Halloween entertainment as the club's resident drag trio.
Packed with musical tributes to all your favourite divas, this trio have you in stitches.
I really like Patrick Kearns (Doug) and his terrific stand-up comedy drag routine in the second half. Kearns really does prove himself as a terrific entertainer as well as a very scary Scary Spice from the Spice Girls. Michael Cross is hilarious as Colin the barman who in his previous life was a holiday camp entertainer – and camp he certainly was. And Andrew Ryan who proves himself as an excellent drag diva in them making with a great set of pins to match.
This is a fabulous two hours of entertainment that leaves you dancing in the aisles to all your favourites - Dancing Queen and YMCA and of course Raining Men.”
Review: Simon Gross reviews Raining Men at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon - April 2012
“No one escapes the Raining Men treatment from Edith Piaf to Scary Spice. Streisand, Bassey and Judy Garland all appear as you have never seen them before and never will again in your lifetime and your children’s lifetime.... not for prudes or those with high blood pressure... Don't bother to remember the punchlines of the deluge of jokes either, there is absolutely nowhere on earth you could ever possibly retell them... ”
Review: Julian Bray – Peterborough Nov 2010
“Hordes of women attended the premiere at the Pomegranate intent on having a good night out. They danced in the aisles, waved their hands in the air, sang along to Abba’s Dancing Queen, did all the actions to YMCA and gave the all-male cast a standing ovation. In their guy to gal transformations, they proved there ain’t nothing like a dame when it comes to having fun. Their frocky horror spooktackular had the first night audience howling with laughter.”
Review: Gay Bolton – Derbyshire Times 2010
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