Eat Sleep Drag Repeat (ESDR) is the Bristol home of some of the most memorable Drag Queens to come out of the cult reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, inviting some of the biggest stars of the show including Latrice Royale, Katya, Sharon Needles, Willam, Trixie Mattel and Jinkx Monsoon to perform in venues across since city since 2015.
So, when ESDR announced they were docking up at Thekla to present the return of the Season 5 runner up and All Stars Drag Race winner Alaska Thunderfuck, fans flocked far and wide to board the great ship Thekla and immerse themselves with the comedy queen’s Poundcake album tour.
To kick off the event, ESDR host Alfie The Ordinary greeted the audience with a rendition of Geri Halliwell’s Look at Me, whilst donning a playful party hat and iconic blonde bowl cut. Shortly after, the crowd were introduced to the musical drag queen extraordinaire Joe Black, as she took to the stage with a ukulele, piano and a heap load of cynical humour. Bringing a sinister twist to songs like Hit me Baby One More Time and You are My Sunshine in a raspy, Tom Waits-style voice, the audience were met with comedy and quick wit from the spellbinding British queen.
After a comical start to the evening, the crowd were ready for the entrance of one Drag Race’s all-time favourite queens – Alaska Thunderfuck: ‘Hiiiiiiiiii!’
The 49th state queen entered in a black garbage bag-style dress, wearing a black veil covering her face
The 49th state queen entered in a black garbage bag-style dress, wearing a black veil covering her face, and welcomed by a sea of glistening phones as they recorded the stars every move and first words as she took to the centre stage. Famed for ‘turning trash into treasure’ the drag queen’s garbage bag couture summed up the queen’s unique outlook on fashion, before unveiling her iconic Gaga-inspired wig and taking to the mic.
The entire set paid tribute to Alaska’s successful music career since Drag Race, including her latest album Poundcake. Throughout the set, Alaska performed various tracks from her electro-pop catalogue, including I Invented That, Hieee and This is My Hair.
Throughout the set, Alaska performed various tracks from her electro-pop catalogue, including I Invented That, Hieee and This is My Hair
Gentle nods were made to the Drag Race TV show throughout the evening, including a grand wig reveal, releasing a sea of rose petals (Sasha Velour style), and even a comical lip sync number mocking season 9 queen Valentia, when she made the memorable error of attempting to lip sync battle whilst wearing a mask. Alaska’s performance had the whole crowd cheering for more, with her diva-ish attitude and versatile vocals as she flaunted across the stage.
Highlights from the evening included the grand appearance of Slaytina
Highlights from the evening included the grand appearance of Slaytina, the eight foot tall, big-bosomed puppet that attached to the back of Alaska as she sung the lyrics to her song, because ‘everyone loves puppets’, after all. Other highlights included a segment featuring Alaska’s longtime musical partner Handsome Jeremy, as he performed renditions of Your Make Up is Terrible on the piano, bringing a touch of class to the show.
Even Alaska’s stage assistant Nicholas made several appearances across the performance, from feeding the blonde bombshell bottled water through a straw and even joining in with backing vocals for the country number Race Chaser. Four costume changes later and Alaska returned to the stage to perform one final song from her latest album, Puppet.
Whether you love or love to loathe Alaska, you cannot help but admire this queen’s beauty and the poignant power she has brought to the international drag community.
ESDR have already got their next two shows lined up – without too long to wait
If you didn’t make it to Alaska’s show, don’t fret too much, as ESDR have already got their next two shows lined up – without too long to wait. Valentina is coming to a to-be-confirmed location in November, and Sasha Velour will be coming to SWX next January. Keep up with the Eat Sleep Drag Repeat Facebook page for updates.