Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Trinity Kitchen and Lady Boys of Bangkok

A couple of Thursday's ago I was lucky enough to be invited to go see The Lady Boys of Bangkok with lots of lovely Leeds bloggers, I immediately said yes, as last year I was desperate to go when I saw the tent in Millennium Square but never got round to it before they left *sob*.

I originally asked my Mum if she wanted to come with me but unfortunately she had to work, so Rich was my back up - unfortunately for him as you'll find out later...

After driving into Leeds and parking up at the Trinity Car Park (a new discovery - only £3 to park after 5pm so it's actually cheaper than the train) we headed to Trinity Kitchen for tea. Even though I have a list as long as my arm of places I want to eat in Leeds, we are a bit skint now that it's so close to the wedding, and Trinity Kitchen is a wonderfully cheap way to feed ourselves without compromising on taste.

First up were starters from Dim Sum Su, 5 chicken and sweetcorn dumplings and 5 pork and prawn wontons for £5 each. These were hot, tasty and packed full of flavour. The dressing on the dumplings was incredible, and the garnish on both of them was so good I scraped up every last bit with a fork. Nom.

We followed our Chinese starters with an Indian street food main from Rola Wala, one of the permanent stands in Trinity Kitchen. Rich and I opted to share a rice bowl, with chicken tikka, paneer and all the toppings. The cauliflower rice caught my eye, but there wasn't much left, so we got a mixture of cauliflower rice and regular rice. The cauli rice was amazing, but having the mix was fantastic, something I'll definitely opt for again. The paneer was a bit chewy, and not that warm, but the chicken tikka was stunning. I thoroughly enjoyed this rice bowl, loads of flavours which contrasted and complimented each other, and really unusual too. We will definitely be coming here again for food!

With happily full bellies, we headed over to Millennium Square and took our seats ready for the show. There was a wide range of people in the audience, from groups of girls, to couples of all ages, so you wouldn't have to worry about standing out in the crowd.

As you'd expect, there were loads of glittery over the top costumes, worn by incredibly glamorous lady boys.

There was lots of lip-syncing to pop songs and musicals, with dance routines galore. The lip-syncing and dancing wasn't always spot on, and the standard wasn't as high as you'd see in shows at the theatre, but this could have just been because it was the second show of the night, so they all must have been tired by the end of the second show.

In between many of the acts, when there was a need to move the stage around, there was a fabulous drag queen who lip-synced along to some very funny, cheeky songs, often aided by the guy you can see in the photo. She had us roaring with laughter, her facial expressions were on point!

There was plenty of audience participation, mostly for the guys in the audience... and Rich swiftly began to regret accompanying me when he got selected to go on stage during a rendition of Rhianna's S&M song. I'll let the photo's do the talking...

He was tied up and stripped, and I was crying with laughter trying to take as many pictures as I could. It was one of the funniest moments of my life, and Rich was such a good sport playing along with it, even if he did sustain a couple of fake nail scratches from being stripped. I do apologise to all of the Leeds bloggers there, who had never met him before, and then saw a lot more of him than we bargained for!

Thank you so much to Lady Boys of Bangkok for a very funny night out, which will certainly be remembered forever by the both of us! Unfortunately they've left Leeds now, but are in Newark tonight, then Belfast from Friday til the 21st November. They do tour every year, and it is a very funny way to spend an evening, especially if you can take your partner and they get selected to go on stage.

Rachel x

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