MONDAYS in January have a richly-deserved reputation as among the most depressing days of the year.

Yesterday's howling winds and heavy rain did little to lift the spirits but the perfect antidote was lying in wait at Southampton's Mayflower theatre.

Ladies and gentlemen - I give you Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

What a show!

Bursting with glitter, outrageously brilliant costumes and, most of all, sassiness, this musical is certain to lift the spirits of the most miserable sufferers of the winter blues.

When two drag queens and a transgender woman board a battered old bus named Priscilla and set off across the Australian Outback, the outcome is electric.

They face abuse from homophobic locals as they go and Priscilla is daubed with offensive graffiti.

But their epic journey tells a heart-warming story of self-discovery and acceptance as they fight against prejudice.

Nick Hayes started his musical theatre journey at Bournemouth's Big Little Theatre School and he puts in a spectacular performance as Felicia Jollygoodfellow.

He couldn't be more sassy if his life depended on it and his character blends beautifully with that of Strictly Come Dancing winner and Holby City star Joe McFadden as Tick and his alter ego Mitzi.

Bernadette is an altogether more calm and collected character and Miles Western puts in an endearing and convincing performance.

This show is full on from the outset with a flamboyant opening to the Weather Girls' It's Raining Men.

From then the party anthems just keep coming with I Love the Nightlife, Hot Stuff, I Will Survive, Finally and Girls Jut Wanna Have Fun among the hits.

Priscilla is based on the 1984 film of the same name and this latest tour was produced by none other than Jason Donovan and friends.

The show runs until Saturday - grab a ticket.