‘The Pecs Gala: CAMP’ at the VAULT Festival: A much-needed handful of glitter in dark times.

“When the need for an inclusive and accepting community is at its highest, CAMP gala confirmed that such a community exists and will not be silenced or stopped by a divisive mentality.”


After a great pre-holiday run at the Yard Theatre with “Pecsmas”, Pecs Drag Kings are back with a fabulous night of all things camp at The Vault Festival. Presented as a gala, the event brilliantly delivered what it promised: “a night for the kitsch, the femme, the extra, the CAMP”. Glittery moustaches and beards, golden paper crowns, and the phenomenal energy of Pecs contributed to a memorable night which confirmed this “all-female, non-binary theatre and cabaret company” as a powerful and much-needed presence in the London theatre scene.

Admittedly, the artistic side of the gala was not up to Pecs’ usual standards. Apart from Mr Goldenball’s provocative (and extremely messy) act in which Goldenball represented Etonian privilege by smearing eton mess’ ingredients on himself, the sharp-wittedness and smart storytelling which normally characterize Pecs’ shows did not find substantial space on stage during the evening. While the highly amusing lip-sync acts were delightfully performed and well fitted for a cabaret night, it would have been good to see a bit more of the usual Pecs’ sharpness.

Having said that, it was impossible to resist the captivating charisma of John Travulva as the evening host, the provocative lip-sync act of Loose Willis in the role of a policeman, and the explosive hilarity of Thrustin Limbersnake and Loose Willis’s closing performance – an exhilarating medley of ‘90s and 2000’s pop/punk rock. Combined with the smugness of Mr Wesley Dikes, the fierceness of Rhys’s Pieces, and the charming presence of Kate Butch (all special guests for the night), Pecs maintained incredible high energy which captivated a truly ecstatic audience. Taking place the night after the UK officially left the European Union, when the need for an inclusive and accepting community is at its highest, CAMP gala confirmed that such a community exists and will not be silenced or stopped by a divisive mentality. I really hope that Pecs’ voice will be heard loud and clear in the near future, with the same bewitching energy.

Pecs Drag Kings will perform at the Barbican Centre on the 6th of May. Make sure you don’t miss them.


Alberto Tondello arrived in the UK in 2010 to undertake his studies in English Literature. He graduated from Queen Mary, University of London in 2013, and was awarded his MA from Oxford University in 2014 with a comparative project on Samuel Beckett and Italo Calvino. After teaching English in Switzerland for three years, Alberto is back in the UK to work on James Joyce and inanimate matter at UCL.

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