Belfast meets Bangkok as the Ladyboys arrive
Belfast met Bangkok when Northern Ireland’s first lady of drag took on Thailand’s top Lady Boys.
Lady Portia Di’Monte said she can-can when the Thai troupe offered a Moulin Rouge merger.
The usually demure Lady Portia threw off her pearls for a full feathers and sequins blitz on stage at the Sabai Pavilion in Belfast, but she drew the line at the splits.
“I kicked as high as my legs and heels would let me but if I did the splits the Harland and Wolff cranes wouldn’t get me back up again,” said the diamante diva.
“I would have bought my own ticket and cleaned up afterwards for the chance to perform with the Lady Boys.
“They don’t speak any English and I don’t speak any Thai but we all speak the international language of glamour.
“The Lady Boys are like Shirley Bassey on steroids.”
Lady Portia, who performs every weekend at Maverick, is better known as Radio Ulster presenter Marcus Hunter Neill.
He’s hosted the Lady Boys, in Belfast until November 19, on all of their previous visits and believes their brand of old school glamour is the perfect match for his Belfast banter.
“It was fabulous to be part of an ensemble show. I normally don’t work with other people because they do my head in.
“My next job as the First Lady of drag is to teach Melania Trump, the next First Lady of America, how to tone things down,” says the performer.