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Wednesday
Feb112015

Getting Naked at the Fairground

It's been a great few weeks gigging around Melbourne. Rainbow Serpent was a hoot, and I loved seeing Lulu's new venue "The Strumpet" in full swing. I busted out a last minute sideshow routine after one of the performers fell through, hammering 7 nail into my cranium that had been hastily pulled (and sterilised) from the toolbox beneath the trailer! When there's a will there's a way, and a carny can always entertain :D

Spruiking at Rainbow Serpent
Men Getting naked for Art and Money was up next in the heart of Collingwood. The 86 is the renamed NeverWhere which used to be a sultry little drag venue and now plays host to queer events and great decor. Shame the bar staff are so rude! Tip to the wise - when a show has just packed your bar to the rafters for over 4 hours, entertained them, encouraged them to drink and thanked you on-stage - don't be a bitch to the performers afterwards. Not cool. But the show was excellent! I'm still waiting on photo evidence but I had one ofthe best crowdsurfs of my entire career - 8 naked men bore me aloft from the stage to the bar and back, grinnign all the while. These were audience members who were so into the show that they just had to participate by shedding clothing. Love it!

And then last weekend I performed at the Fairground Speakeasy - a fundraiser for Loki Rickus' research project into access and equity in the performing arts for artists living and working with disability. It was an incredible show, featuring living legends such as Kim Kaos and Annie and Maude Davey, as well as beautiful upstarts including Emma J Hawkins, Raven and the Strawberry Siren. I was super excited to have Emma ask me to perform her comical duo Ballerina act with her - and it was hilarious! Hopefully we'll get another chance to do it soon.

This weekend (13, 14, 15th Feb) the Snuff Puppets show/installation Everybody opens at SummerSalt, on Dodd st in Melbourne CBD. We'll be setting up the worlds largest human puppet for three days of performance. Come down and check it out!

And then it will be on to Adelaide, where i'll be helping run The Imaginarium in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, and performing in pop up spots around the Fringe. More news on that to come. See you at a show somewhere! And remember - take it easy - but take it!

RUIN