Ever wanted to learn how to make a sandwich? Yummy: Iconic has got you.

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Yummy is a multi-award winning drag cabaret from Melbourne, Australia. Their shows combine burlesque, circus, drag and dance. They have been creating shows since 2015, and have toured these across Australia and overseas. Yummy first appeared in the UK in 2018 – presenting their show at the Edinburgh Fringe, with RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Karen From Finance in the group. This time around they’re at Underbelly Festival in Cavendish Square, London until the 31st of July.

The world has gone crazy for drag in recent years. And in London, you could probably find some kind of drag show to go to every night of the week. Therefore to stand out from the crowd, you have to offer something different, the show needs to be elevated and offer something new which audiences have not seen before. Unfortunately I didn’t feel like Yummy succeeded at this.

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Yummy: Iconic features a team of performers; Bendy Ben, Jarred Dewey, Jandruze, Karlee Misi, Valerie Hex and Velma Vouloir. Hex is the MC of the evening, she’s likeable and has some humorous moments, albeit some jokes are suited to the Aussies in the room, and went over the heads of the Brits in the room. She has multiple outfit changes throughout the show, which is fun, from being dressed as a giant molar to a ringmaster.

The dance numbers throughout the show were unfortunately quite cliché and predictable, they incorporated the classic moves you’d expect from drag artists, which we’ve all seen many times before.

The stars of this show however, are burlesque performer Velma Vouloir and aerial performer/dancer Jarred Dewey. They both present the most interesting and polished acts. Vouloir proves to be skilled in the art of burlesque, her dancing is excellent and leaves you wanting more.

Dewey was both the first act and the last, and is breathtaking to watch. From a routine with a pole, to the incredible display of upper body strength in an aerial routine, to a slowed down dance number at the end – I could not take my eyes off of Dewey. It’s worth the cost of admission for Dewey alone. This act feels elevated and on a different level to the rest of the show.

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Yummy includes the traditional lip-syncing style of performances by drag artists. This isn’t seen very much in the UK anymore – many British drag artists sing live. But this is Australian drag, and so they lip-sync, and I did notice a few words were missed, but lip-syncing is rather hard as we’ve learnt from the TV show Lip Sync Battle.

Oh and yes there’s a sandwich themed number from Jandruze, but I’ll keep that a secret for you to enjoy.

In summary, Yummy: Iconic is fun, enjoyable and has a key theme of body positivity running throughout. Will it rock the world of drag, no. Will it be the best drag show you’ve ever seen, probably not. But it does still make for a great night out with friends.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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