A Glittering Showcase of TikTok's Finest: 'The TikTok Show' at WMC’s Cabaret
Friday night saw 'The TikTok Show' at WMC’s Cabaret, a queer-friendly space nestled within the Welsh Millennium Centre, and let me tell you, it was a stupendously silly experience. The show brought together an ensemble of well-known drag and comedy acts from TikTok and the city, including Bailey J Mills, Ellis Lloyd-Jones, Justin Drag, and Jordropper, resulting in an evening filled with laughter, talent, and unabashed queer expression.
The moment the show kicked off, it was clear that Justin Drag was a great choice for the host. With infectious energy and an innate ability to connect with the audience, Justin effortlessly set the tone for an evening of unapologetic fun and celebration. Their seamless transitions between acts and quick-witted banter kept the momentum high throughout the show. Ellis Lloyd-Jones, known for his hilarious TikTok quips, took his humour to a new level by crafting side-splitting songs from these well-known snippets. His ability to dress up as an apple while belting out a catchy tune left the audience craving more. Ellis's unique blend of comedic timing and musical talent created a unique experience proving why he’s made a name for himself on the social media app.
Jordropper, the embodiment of quirkiness and charm, brought a refreshing and inclusive perspective to the stage. It was heartening to see them reference neurodivergence, shedding light on the importance of representation. Their offbeat humour and magnetic stage presence added an element of unpredictability that kept the audience engaged and wanting more. However, the legendary Bailey J Mills truly stole the show. Bailey's extensive repertoire of catchphrases and characters, including the iconic Velma from Scooby-Doo and Tracy Beaker, showcased their incredible versatility and talent. Whether donning a breastplate and joke shop teeth or delivering deadpan humour, Bailey had the audience in fits of laughter. Witnessing their comedic genius firsthand was an experience that will be etched in my brain for a long time.
Cabaret itself proved to be an ideal venue for The TikTok Show. The space struck the perfect balance between intimacy and capacity, ensuring everyone had a great view of the performers. The accessible facilities and friendly atmosphere further enhanced the overall experience, creating an environment where everyone could feel welcomed and celebrated. One of the most commendable aspects of the Cabaret space is its ability to showcase not only the immense talent of Welsh performers but also acts from across the globe. This representation and diversity underscored the space’s commitment to inclusivity and the celebration of queer talent on a broader scale opening up a whole new audience for Cardiff and its local and queer people.