Kathoey fever to hit Belfast


Here’s something I almost missed, although there’s not a fierce lot you can say about it:

They may look like a group of gorgeous girls — but everything is not as it seems.

Dressed in sequinned hotpants and scarlet red crop tops, these lovely ladies could be the next Girls Aloud or Pussycat Dolls.

But on closer inspection — much closer inspection — these women are actually men.

And the Lady Boys of Bangkok are heading to Northern Ireland for the first time, with their sensational Mile High Tour.

Billed as a ‘glamorous cocktail of cabaret, dance and comedy’, the flamboyant show will be performed in the Spiegeltent at Custom House Square twice nightly for a fortnight from November 7 to 21.

Demand is exected to be high for tickets to the top-selling show.

And why not? I expect, of course, that the Free Presbyterians will be out protesting against this abomination, just as they did the last time Jesus Christ Superstar was in town. But actually, the Bangkok Lady Boys should find a receptive audience in Norn Iron. After all, we as a culture have grown up with the idea of James Young in drag as family entertainment, and every year respectable folks turn out in their droves to see May McFettridge in panto.

What’s different about a high-camp show from Thai kathoeys? Well, they may be easier on the eye than we’re used to. But the good folks of Belfast are not exactly in a position to give off about anyone in exotic dress.

But I do look forward to hearing Iris Robinson’s take on the event.

1 Comment

  1. Garibaldy said,

    September 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I was expecting something about Kate Hoey when I saw the headline. This is much better for my nerves.

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