Oh, what a night! It sounds a little like a Star City show, but I am talking about last Friday night’s Orgy Of Drag at Stonewall Hotel. I think the ratio was one performer to one patron, with shows pumping left, right and centre. Throughout the madness one thing that did arise was an issue of dressing room etiquette.

Is there such a thing? If so, who has priority and who should get changed in the air lock or in the women’s toilet?

If anyone has got changed in Stonewall’s dressing room, you will know it is the old kitchen. And if anyone knows me, the kitchen is my favourite room in everyone’s house. But to be honest, if two fat chicks like Candy and me get in there, it is full. So where were the 200 showgirls on Friday night going to get ready?

Many showgirls who have been around for a while understand the trials of a small change room and are able to make such a small space work. Priority has to go to the girls who are going on stage next. If you have finished, get dressed, pack your things, put them out of the way and leave as quickly as you can. Hey, you are going to have more fun at the bar than watching a whole lot of old men getting changed, that’s what I say.

At one stage on Friday, it was taking three people to put a band-aid on someone’s belly ring. Does it really need that many people? Granted we don’t want the poor bitch to bleed to death but really, three people?

One suggestion is that if one area is full, move somewhere else. Let’s face it, the majority of the public have seen a showgirl semi-nude -“ I am sure another one isn’t going to hurt. I was one of the air lock changing girls who flashed the whole of Stonewall every time a barman came out to get ice. My thoughts are, with three pairs of stockings and two pairs of knickers, if someone can see something they can have it.

All in all the night was a huge success with only a couple of first-time showgirls being chased out of the kitchen by a well known outspoken performer, for taking up valuable space. As for the money side, ACON raised $6,000 dollars on the night, which is a huge success. Congratulations to all the girls who performed on the night -“ you were all great.

The DIVAs are here again. I know I almost had a heart attack when I saw two judges at two separate shows I was in. Has it really been a year already? This year’s launch of DIVAs 2004 and the poster will be held at the Imperial Hotel on 5 July. There will be drinks at 7:30pm and a performance by this year’s poster girl will be at 8pm. It looks to be a fab evening, hosted by Mitzi Macintosh and Shane O’Brien. All showgirls and their friends are invited. So put down your sewing needles just for a moment and pop down.

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