In a former life, I used to work for a company where I flew a heck of a lot between London, Munich, Paris and Chicago. Now, I’m not saying this just to show off – well okay there was a bit of that – but to point out that over the course of my life, I have had many interactions with airline staff of all shapes and sizes. Last night however, I was introduced to a stewardess of a type I had never met before as I went with some friends to see Pam Ann: Queen of the Sky at the Leicester Square Theatre.
I have never seen Pam before but did know that she is amazingly popular. One of my companions had seen Pam previously and was hugely excited as we arrived. In fact the entire atmosphere was electric as we waited for the show to start, and it was obvious that there was a lot of people in the audience that had followed Pam for years. The audience itself was an interesting mix, with a lot of gay men – Pam is the ultimate fag hag – who were obviously huge fans – mixed in with couples and people like me flying with Pam for the first time.
After the pre-flight announcements, the lights went down, Madonna started belting out, and the atmosphere really ramped up as suddenly the lady herself was there. At this point I knew for certain I was in for a wild and fun flight. Pam was in a flight attendant’s uniform – complete with matching little gloves – with big (well massive) hair and about half the contents of the Boots No7 counter on her face. Over the course of the next couple of hours, Pam entertained us with stories of her very exotic life as a world traveller of some renown. We learnt about some of her personal interests and, shall we say foibles, in great, and at times very graphic, detail and also more about the world of being an international jet setter. It was great to know how the flight attendants for various airlines are picked – especially as the descriptions Pam gave were wickedly cruel but so accurate. I also loved the wonderfully accurate description of boarding an airline and learned some handy new acronyms that don’t necessarily mean what they seem to – CBD and STD spring to mind instantly.
All in all, this was a really entertaining and lovely evening in Pam’s company. She knows her audience well – Pam is probably one of the biggest fag hags on the planet – and ensures there is something for everyone in her show. I especially loved her demonstrating the sound of a champagne cork popping to someone that worked for one of the budget airlines. There were many high spots of the evening – in fact the second act was full of ‘high’ spots – but one of my favourites was the two episodes of ‘Downton Galley’ which were superbly put together and was frankly amazing. I did think the first act was marginally better than the second and at times the sound seemed a bit off, but on the whole the show is very well put together. Pam is a wonderful character who can get away with saying and doing the most outrageous things just because she is Pam.
Pam Ann: Queen of the Sky is loud, proud, rude and very, very crude and is a fantastic way to spend an evening. It is the ultimate in drag shows but done by a real woman who knows how to entertain and enthral her audience both old and new – I’m now a devoted fan and have taken ages writing this as I keep watching YouTube clips of her. Pam is a superb entertainer that gets the audience in the palm of her hand from the start and doesn’t let them go until she has made them immensely happy to see her. This is not a show for anyone that may feel uneasy about certain parts of the human body being mentioned, or hearing words that are not always heard in dinner party conversation but it is a rollicking good night out and I will definitely fly Pam Ann again.
Review by Terry Eastham
Pam Ann: Queen of the Sky
The world’s favourite International Air Hostess, Pam Ann is back in the UK with a new show for 2015.
Pam Ann’s caustic wit knows no boundaries so fasten your seat belts and prepare for take-off – she’s Queen of the Sky and it’s guaranteed to be a turbulent flight.
Hilarious, often shocking and totally politically incorrect, Pam Ann keeps things lively and nail bitingly unpredictable as she takes off her pristine white gloves and delivers an unrelenting barrage of “shoot-from-the-lip” observations.
Pam Ann: Queen of the Sky
Leicester Square Theatre
Age Restrictions 16+
Running Time 1 hour 50 mins including interval
4th October to 7th November 2015
Sunday 4th October 2015