UK comic and cabaret star Dolly SPills the beans on losing her
Mardi Gras virginity.

What is your show about?

The show is all about me, funny enough, singing/dancing and having a laugh with the audience. I encourage them to join in. They too can sing/dance but more importantly heckle their little hearts out.

Why Dolly?

I was named after Miss Parton who I adore, but Dolly really is her own woman although I have been known to channel Liza. Let’s face it, there’s a little bit of Dolly or Liza in all of us.

What are you looking forward to seeing in the festival?

I met Belinda Lemon [Outrageously Divine] in Melbourne at Midsummer and she was divine, so I will pop along to see her at Newtown.

What’s your favourite Mardi Gras memory?

Well, Dolly is a virgin to Mardi Gras, but the man behind the woman, Michael Dalton, was backing singer for Julian Clary in 1992. We did the closing spot at 10am and it was magic. I will never forget it. I was very nervous and a little bit of wee left me. I think someone put something in my cider, but the memory will never fade.

What does Mardi Gras mean to you?

It’s something we don’t have in London -“ a huge gay and lesbian festival that really pulls the community together. I’m terribly excited to be a part of it. See you at the Seymour Centre and next year if you will have me.

Dolly Downunder is showing at the Caf?ounge, The Seymour Centre, on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 February. Phone 9351 7940 for bookings.

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