A quite famous showgirl – through a drunken slur – once told me: “You’re there to entertain them, it’s not the other way around”. Laughing it off, I trundled off to dance with a group of boys, but it seemed to stick with me throughout my career.
Needless to say, when I recently spoke to the showgirl again, she couldn’t remember ever saying it – or the night for that matter. But whatever I do, I try to keep it in the back of my mind, especially when it comes to creating new shows.
I remember mum coming home with her first perm; she cat-walked around the house like a supermodel with what looked like a mop on her head. We thought it was the best thing in the world, but looking back it was bloody dreadful.
When putting together a new show, trying to recreate something from the past is madness. Those first touches, smells and sights are unique to each person, it’s impossible to bring it back to life. But you are able to take small parts and breath new life into them.
Sitting at Olympic Yeeros a couple of months ago, Tora Hymen and I started bashing out heads together, grabbing bits and pieces from our pasts, things that seemed to shine and have audiences scream with excitement.
We agreed that anything community-based seemed get people excited. Within minutes, the concept was born and growing into something fabulous.
So, calling all boys: we want Bears, otters, short guys, tall guys, ginger guys, bald guys, Asian guys, Indian guys; we want everyone for a new Sunday show.
The concept is loosely based on being yourself and showing that our community comes in different colours and sizes. You will need to be able to move, there will be choreography but it will be very easy, so you need to be able to move. If you ever wanted to be on stage and dance up a storm, this is your chance. There will be rehearsals, costumes and three different shows – so everyone will have their chance to shine. You will be paid.
info: If you are interested, email me at [email protected]