Christmas Variety Show at Hampshire Boulevard, Portsmouth

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If you read Cherry Liquor and Alfie Ordinary’s Christmas lists, all they want is for Hampshire Boulevard to be packed to the rafters for their festive variety show.

Well, that and a few wigs, the odd crate of sequins and gallons of industrial-strength eyelash glue.

Me and my sister were trying to come up with my drag name – a fruit, but something naughty too. So then my sister said “What about Cherry Liquor?”

Darren Purnell from Emsworth on becoming Cherry

The pair will be performing at the Portsmouth nightclub on Tuesday alongside House of Burlesque’s Joe Black, cabaret performer Avdotia the Russian Doll and drag queen Rococo Chanel.

Cherry promises an evening of comedy, lip-synching and dance which is both naughty and nice.

She says: ‘My performance is ridiculous. I’m doing Elsa from Frozen – but the adult version.

‘I’ve got a wig styled into a plait and I’ll be wearing her outfit but as a leotard, using fans, confetti, all sorts. It’s just really silly.’

Cherry has been performing with Alfie, who describes himself as a ‘drag prince’, for a couple of years, and recently moved their show from La Havana in Chichester to its current home as their following grew.

The pair will open the show and the second half with a number together, before closing the night with another festive duet.

Alfie will sing a selection of Christmas tunes, while Russian-born artist Avdotia performs a Vegas-style cabaret number.

Rococo dons her best Cinderella drag, and Joe is such a Grinch – for his set, at least.

Cherry, who by day is Chichester College dance lecturer Darren Purnell, decided on the name of his drag persona while watching Keeping Up Appearances.

Darren, 25, from Emsworth, says: ‘Me and my sister were trying to come up with my drag name – a fruit, but something naughty too. So then my sister said “What about Cherry Liquor?”

‘It was funny, but I didn’t think about it again for ages until we were watching the tele and Hyacinth Bucket said “It’s not Bucket, it’s Bouquet!”

‘And my sister said “It’s not Liquor, it’s Liqueur!”’

Doors at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Over-18s only. Tickets: £10, can be purchased on the door or via the Facebook event page.

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