Jason Chasland as Leather Lungs playfully teases his audience with impeccable vocal strength and epitomise the modern phrase,“Yas Queen,” in his show Leather Lungs: Yas Queen!
Leather Lungs begins with phantom vocal belting off-stage, before a grand entrance introducing purple magnificence, stilettos and a cape with trimmings of fluff. Chasland’s costuming efforts are second to none, despite a slightly uncomfortable corset, though these four stars are awarded for his impressive vocal range and pitch alone, claiming a span of four octaves!
The next, just under, 60 minutes is a blur of proud and sensitive stories of gratitude and vulnerability with an overall message of being yourself and accepting one’s circumstances. It is warmly welcoming and holds a true reverence for both the challenges and pleasures of life. Chasland is receptive to his audience, with only a few mislaid quips, and the frisky nuances and delightful eye rolls are an entertaining element of his set.
Inspired by artists such as Prince and Queen, show-stopper songs are littered throughout with this reviewer’s’ personal favourites being ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, and the particular comedic highlight of a number which heavily showcases a ripper ‘Kwazzie’ (Kiwi-Aussie) accent.
Chasland’s general presence is worthy of the royal ‘drag queendom’ as he applies many of the classic stances and innuendos, complemented with amusing and energetic choreography which, at times, could have been omitted to allow the singing to shine. The production elements, with fierce lighting and moments for occasional sips of an orange liquid, also strengthened this performance. Yas Queen! exemplifies the meaning of the phrase, “anything applause-worthy, fierce. [Can add as many AAAs and SSSSs to drive the point home]”.
Audiences will get exactly what can be expected from a flamboyant vocal master. Leather Lungs: Yas Queen! it will leave no desire for sparkles unfulfilled. A varied audience can enjoy this show, particularly if you’re looking for a sensational and entertaining act and willing to applaud in the form of “Yas!” exclamations. Please note that this show is not recommended for children or the more conservative viewer.
You can catch Leather Lungs: Yas Queen! at The Parlour in Gluttony for remaining performances on 5 to 8, 10, 12, 13, and 14 March at 10.00 pm.
Reviewed performance: 3 March 2020