Wednesday 22 November 2023

Happily Ever Poofter review

Fairy tales always come with a happy ending for the Princess. But what about our Princes? More specifically, our gay princes? In Happily Ever Poofter, Rich Watkins takes his audiences on a magic carpet ride through the world of a gay Disney Prince looking for love and acceptance while also enjoying some good old-fashioned sexcapades, through songs, of course.

With assistance from his fairy godfather, Prince Henry is whisked away from his kingdom far far away into the real world where he begins his quest to find his own Prince Charming, but until then, he's eager to embrace the smorgasbord that is gay culture and sex. From the get-go, Watkins is at maximum energy levels. He may have created this show four years ago, but the enthusiasm and excitement he brings feels like it's the first time he’s performing it. The story is quite loose but the pantomime-like element of audience involvement and the cheeky humour work in its favour and we can sit back and delight in the ride.

Having taken its inspiration from Disney films, there are a number of musical parodies that are Disney film DNA: the "I want" song, the song from a wise figure and the realisation hope-filled song. Watkins uses the music from movies such as The Lion King, Frozen, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin to great comedic effect with racy lyrics that are performed in a vulnerable and comical way.

Between the laughs, Watkins discusses real issues affecting the gay community, such as PrEP, safe sex, gender identity and normalising sex between consenting males, which includes some pretty heated adventures with the seven dwarves.

As we edge towards the big climax and eagerly wait to see if Prince Henry's Prince ends up coming, Happily Ever Poofter sprays its audience with plenty of creative juices. If Disney were ever to go down the path of titillating and risqué gay fairy tales, this production is exactly what they would be shooting at.

Show Details

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne

Season: until 25 November | 8:30pm
Duration: 60 minutes

Tickets: $39 Full | $35 Concession
Bookings: The Butterfly Club

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