Laura Monmoth – LGBTQZX

Tonight I saw LGBTQZX in The Lord Roberts, with an interested and invested audience, which included Dan Webber of Furthest from the Sea, which books a fair amount of cultural stuff for Derby.

The show features segments of Laura’s life, told through the prism of retro games with a very enjoyable club twenty section, where she improves on reality. This is a show that makes full use of a screen and graphics to punch home the visual jokes and there is a lot to admire in this. The references are all easy to get and even if you aren’t of the generation who used to wreck their keyboard playing Daley Thompson’s Decathlon, you can still get all of the jokes. The unlikely Spectrum games are superb and their plausibility show what an odd era it was for gaming, with pretty much every show or film getting a tie in game that was usually only tenuously linked to the programme in question.

The Bohemian Rhapsody sing-along still seemed to go on for a long time, but I think that reality could be improved here with the odd subversive picture being put in on some of the names. Not too many to break people’s immersion in the routine, but enough to add some more laughs to it.

LGBTQZX is a little gem of a show. A lot of thought and even more creativity has gone into it. There are lots of little subtle jokes to be seen, such as even the screen saver and the faux retro gaming touches. This was a show that as well as being enjoyable and funny, left everyone in the room with a nice warm feeling.

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