The very best Drag Show Bournemouth
What I loved about it:
I loved everything about this experience from the hair, make up and costumes to the 80’s soundtracks and the bottomless Pornstar martinis. However, I really loved how being at the Drag Show Bournemouth felt so safe and fun, everybody was there to have the best time with no agenda.
Value for money (out of 10):
The most fun night out in Bournemouth
When I was invited to DYMK Bar to experience their 80’s themed bottomless Easter Drag Party – Drag show Bournemouth, i’m not going to lie I was super excited. It promised everything I love from sparkly glamour to amazing 80’s anthems and of course the incredible make up.
I did feel slightly nervous asking my husband to come along but I needn’t have worried as together with our friends we all had the very best time. It was hard not to get caught up in the party atmosphere and of course the constant topping up of our Prosecco and Pornstar martinis helped.
Drag shows that I have been to in the past were the stereotypical bright red wigs and slightly dodgy make up, performed by Danny La Rue doubles but with the explosion of RuPaul and Vivienne from 2009 onwards Drag Queens are now something of a work of art.
Surprisingly drag dates back to Shakespearean days of the late 16th century, where only men were allowed to perform on stage and so dressed up as women. The term “Drag” comes from the heavy costumes that used to drag across the floor.
The very first official drag queen was Princess Seraphina (John Cooper) who was a well known cross dresser in the 18th century, and who managed to escape punishment for what was not the done thing back then. Fast forward a few years and today Drag is a popular and hugely successful career for many.
DYMK Drag show Bournemouth is located in the Poole Hill area of Bournemouth with easy parking nearby and is very popular so booking for the many events they put on is recommended.
Our show began with our host Layla Zee Susan pouring us a few glasses of bubbly and singing some 80’s classics, I’m not sure what I was expecting but she can really sing – no lip syncing here. Everyone joined in and it wasn’t long before people were up busting their moves on the dance floor.
The rest of the acts – the gorgeous Tiffany Blue, glamorous Rougie and glittering Lady Alan took it in turns to perform their lip synced 80’s numbers. Our glasses didn’t have a chance to run dry as the girls topped us up at every opportunity and we even had some crisps and Easter goodies to munch on.
I really got the feeling that this was how i remembered clubs back when I was a teenager full of good music, great clothes, awesome make up and nobody out to pull! Everyone was there to have a good time and let loose a little or a lot in many cases no matter your gender or age.
I got the chance to ask Tiffany Blue of Drag show Bournemouth a few questions about DYMK and how it is being a drag act in 2022.
DYMK has been open 12 years this June and is described as a fun and friendly fully inclusive venue where everyone is made to feel welcome, and I would totally agree with this, it was very much how we were made to feel when we arrived.
Over the years the drag acts have changed from being the old style cabaret to the more modern style of lip sync dancing queens due to the popularity of RuPauls drag race as I mentioned earlier.
I asked Tiffany Blue what she loves most about being part of the drag show Bournemouth and why drag? and it is the incredible staff and entertainment team that wins it for her, there is always something different going on with something to suit everyone. Being Tiffany Blue is an opportunity to explore gender fluidity and express her own personal art form. In her other life as Ryan he creates the amazing wigs and hair pieces they wear, so creativity shines through.
It takes over 2 hours to get ready and when you see whats involved with the costumes and make up you can see why. I love make up and this is taken to the extreme but that is part of what makes drag special.
Whats on at DYMK?
The bottomless brunches are held at DYMK drag show Bournemouth once a month, Karaoke is every Wednesday and Thursday hosted by Lucinda Lashes.
Saturday and Sunday’s at the bar is all about the DJ’s dropping their tunes and their “Fierce Friday” on the last Friday of every month is their lip syncing competition hosted by Rougie.
Check out their website (link above) for details of all events and their “For the Love of Drag” starring RuPaul Drag Race Queens from the USA, CANADA and the UK on various dates throughout the year.
Opening times – Weds – Sat
7pm till 1 am Weds & Thurs
3am finish on a Friday and Saturday
Last Sunday of the month 4pm-9pm with male singer Lea Martin
Entry fees – Free entry every night until 10pm
£5pp after 10pm
Bottomless Brunches from £15
Lea Martin £5
Special events – see individual pricing.
I hope you go along as have as much fun as we did and support your local and best drag show Bournemouth.
Check out the handy links at the bottom for upcoming events and the individual drag queen accounts.