Night of a Thousand Jay Astons
  • By Pete Shaw
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  • 1st Aug 2005
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  • ★★★★★

Editors note: Realising that I did this production a great injustice by only awarding 3 stars the first time around, (Maybe the show I saw before was just too dire), I've re-visited adjusted my rating to 5-stars.

Born from the mind of someone who has watched far too many Bucks Fizz videos to be healthy, A Night of a Thousand Jay Astons can best be described as a biographical parody.

Set to a lip-synched backdrop of Buck Fizz's greatest hits, four drag divas dramatise the career of the alleged slutty one from the Eurovision bubble-gum pop group. It's based loosely on fact, but don't let that get in the way of a good romp and late night fun. If you were to slice these four down the middle, it would say Camp right through them. Big hair and spangled costumes take you right back to the Eighties, albeit an exaggerated caricature of the decade.

Between the step-perfect dance routines, a series of tableaux - each more ludicrous than the last - attempt to show us what happened to Jay post Eurovision success. There are moments of pathos, and some clever visual imagery, but most of all it’s camp satire, and probably best enjoyed with a beer.

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