Prom Kween at The Vaults, Waterloo: Review by Stephen Vowles

This wonderful production fizzes like a glass of cola; a musical that is a true interactive experience. As the audience took their seats cast members applied disco glitter to the faces of a crowd that knew that they were in for a treat.

Directed by Rebecca Humphries, who also plays various roles, along with Sam Swann, Lucy Pearman and Sean Rigby, Prom Kween tells the story of Matthew, a boy that won the coveted US title, and how a community and the strength of social media backed him.

This is an ensemble piece, however as the driving force is the narrator a special mention has to be made Suli Rumi, who plays RuPaul to great effect and with affection. The comedy is well written with a highlight being the scene where the cast takes on famous figures including Harvey Milk, Cher and Ellen DeGeneres and performs a wonderful pastiche of The Shoop Shoop Song.

References to some of the more absurd qualities of American popular culture – the stupidity of the gun laws, for example – are woven into a script with great poignancy.

This musical shows huge promise and as a work in progress I sincerely hope it is developed and the people behind Prom Kween realise their full potential.


Prom Kween was part of the Vault Festival at the Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 7NN. The Vault Festival runs until 5 March.

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