iOTA has never been to a Sleaze Ball before so he is hoping his performance at this year’s Game On event will be one the crowds talk about for a long time to come.
“Just being asked to do it was inspiration enough. Opening one of the biggest gay parties in the world is a proud moment for me,” he told Sydney Star Observer.
But the precise form of his performance is still a mystery — and will remain so until the show opens.
“I can’t talk about what’s happening but really, we haven’t started rehearsing yet so you probably know about as much as I do at this point.”
Although the six-time ARIA nominee and Helpmann Award-winning actor is excited about his debut, iOTA admits Sleaze Ball’s Game On theme will be a challenge.
“I’ve never been much of a sportsman so it’s a difficult concept for me to grasp. I’d like to be able to explode or spontaneously combust … something show-stopping and difficult to follow,” he said.
“I have no idea what I’m going to be doing or how it’s going to look, but I know it will be huge.”
iOTA is also rehearsing for the Griffin Theatre’s production of References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot.
Opening at the SBW Stables Theatre on Friday, 25 September, this José Rivera play tells a sizzling story of love, lust and the conflicts of war.
“I play a coyote hungry for love and sex and food, trying to entice a house cat out into the desert to remind her of the wild side of life that she’s missing out on. He’s conniving and cowardly and not to be trusted,” iOTA said.
On top of his Sleaze Ball and acting duties, iOTA will play with his band, Jungle Hammer, at the Vanguard in October, and is also co-writing a show for Spiegeltent as part of the 2010 Sydney Festival.

info: Sleaze Ball is on Saturday, October 3, from 9pm. Second-release tickets are on sale through Ticketek. References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot opens on Friday, September 25. Bookings on 8002 4772.

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