Review: Miss TuTu ‘wowed’ crowds in her debut drag show at Revival

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 16 August 2021

MISS TUTU Ca-Choo was the talk of the town in Hinckley last night (15 August) as she made history with the first-ever drag show in Revival’s 10 month history, which proved a hit with revellers.

The night was kicked off at 7.30pm by Ca-Choo opening the show with a dance performance to a ‘mix’ of “Toxic” by Britney Spears, ‘wowing’ crowds who then gave a well-received round of applause and lots of cheers.

Many revellers clapped and cheered whilst she danced and playfully teased unsuspecting ticketholders at tables, who weren’t expecting TuTu to ‘target’ them and get up close and personal.

Revival’s new resident drag queen Miss TuTu (Supplied: Harry Underwood)

Crowds were delighted to see TuTu at the sold out ticket-only show after her two year hiatus of being unable to perform as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well she handled crowds after her break from performing.

It really goes to show that she is truly a natural who knows how to work with crowds, especially in the current climate, as social distancing was encouraged in one activity later in the night, refraining from any Covid-19 jokes directly.

‘Covid’ was only mentioned as one of the topics which she was not allowed to joke about, as some people may not have received them well, which she knew.

Fun and games

The savage and sassy Miss TuTu asked where everyone was from and jokingly mocked each place mentioned, namely Hinckley, Nuneaton, Barwell and Wykin.

She then tried to find the ‘loudest’ group of people at Revival in different sections – those at the left, centre and right of the venue, poking fun at those in the left-hand corner of the room as they were ‘the smallest crowd’ of them all.

Miss TuTu wows patrons in her opening routine (Mason Moore / HFP)

The first game of the night was then played by audience members who volunteered to take part in a bid to win some new cocktails – the Miss TuTu cocktail and the Afternoon Tea cocktail.

The game involved popping balloons in an adult fashion – which seen one volunteer sit in a chair whilst another tried to pop the balloon on their lap by sitting on top of the balloon in the fastest time, to win the drinks.

Attendees were treated to dances and lip-syncing routines to two popular pop hits – “Womanizer” by Britney Spears and “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls.

One more game was then held – “Go Fetch”, which entailed two audience members having to ‘fetch’ different items in order to win cocktails or a T-shirt – with items being a bra, false teeth, a make-up mirror, and lipstick.

The activities made crowds chuckle and roar with cheers of laughter.

Meet and greet

The show officially ended at 9.30pm, but attendees remained seated and finished their drinks and socialised with others.

Photo opportunities started approximately 20 minutes later at 9.55pm, where ‘limited stock’ of T-shirts were available, which sold out.

Sadly, no card payments were available to buy merchandise, otherwise I would have bought some myself, but this could easily be resolved through PayPal or Cash App, instead of buying a card reader just for future events.

Future event

At the end of the night, a Disney-themed event was confirmed by Ca-Choo, which will be held in September, but as of the time of publication (16 August), the date is yet to be confirmed through a Facebook announcement.

But, after tonight, I can most definitely say that I’ll be in attendance for the Disney event and I can’t wait to see what Miss TuTu has planned for it!

Audience reaction

Our Nuneaton Reporter, Vaughan Moore, who has never previously witnessed a TuTu performance, said: “I didn’t know what to expect at first, but from the second I sat down and seen Miss TuTu start the show, I felt very comfortable with what the night would entail.”

Two attendees told the Free Press that they particularly enjoyed the amount of audience participation – specifically the socially-distanced conga line which went around the Highcross Building, where Revival is located.

They explained: “I really enjoyed the audience participation, especially the socially-distanced conga, as many on-lookers from other pubs watched on and were intrigued as to what was taking place.

“It had given the Revival bar some really good attention from those watching on at other venues nearby”.

A Revival staff member, who wished to remain unnamed, said: “I thought it was amazing.

“We were even wowed when Harry Underwood (Miss TuTu) came in practicing for his microphone, sound and costume check at 4pm.

“I enjoyed it all and the diversity and difference in Hinckley. All were welcome, especially those who were gay, bisexual, lesbian and members of the LGBTIQA+ community.

“It was a nice atmosphere for everyone and I’ll definitely be back to visit the Disney event next month.”

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