ICONIC – A Brief History of Drag


Join West End star Ian Stroughair, the man behind the makeup of the sensational Velma Celli, on a passionate pilgrimage through the most iconic drag moments of film, stage and popular culture. With very special guests Kerry Ellis and Jessie Wallace.

A wonderfully colourful cabaret comprising a collective mix of the music that we all know and love. Velma’s flawless vocals will have you crying with laughter to broken-hearted at the drop of a very stylish hat. So fasten your seat belts as this roller coaster of a cabaret really hits every spot!

Velma Celli is the alter-ego of West End performer Ian Stroughair who has recently appeared on Eastenders and in Lucy Rose’s music video, Nebraska, opposite Danny Dyer. Ian has performed in hit shows such as Cats, Fame, Chicago and Rent, where he received critical acclaim for his portrayal as Angel.

Written and performed by Velma Celli

UK Musical Director – Ed Court

Australian Musical Director – Joe Louis Robinson

UK Backing Vocalists – Jackson & George

★★★★★ Boyz Magazine

★★★★★ Theatre & Perform

★★★★★ West End Wilma

★★★★★ Musical Theatre Review

★★★★★ Carn’s Theatre Passion

★★★★★ Pocketsize Theatre

★★★★★ Theatreland

“Powerhouse vocals… A force to be reckoned with”
Gay Times

“Velma Celli is a STAR!”
Attitude Magazine

“A stand out turn”
Mark Shenton, The Stage

“Velma Celli’s musical extravaganza hits all the right notes”
This Is Cabaret

“Velma Celli gives an impressive performance”

“A sensational performer at the height of her game… An incredible performance”
West End Frame

“Velma Celli is rapidly becoming the UK’s queen of live vocal drag”
Broadway World

St James Studio: 4th & 5th November 2016

Underbelly Festival, Southbank: Tuesday 8th August 2017