As a boy growing up in the Sydney suburb of Auburn, Penny Clifford dreamed of a life on stage.

“From the age of six or seven my Mum would take me off to dance school, Clifford recalled this week.

At the end of each year we’d do the big dance eisteddfod and so I sort of had that in my blood. When I was about 17 I went to a club in Oxford Street called Capriccio’s. They used to have mammoth drag shows and that was the first show I’d seen. The whole thing just really appealed to me.


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