Spanky Is A Gang-Star
Over the past two-and-a-bit years there has been Spanky in a whole array of incarnations. In ’Spanky Is A Gang Star‘, this week Spanky joins a gang of Smiths-loving tranny Mexicans
Spanky was born out of the Bistrotheque transvestite lip-synch competition and I was inadvertently christened by Jonny Woo. I wanted to be called Beta Beautex but he called me Spanky to the crowd before I went on and the name stuck.
Over the past two-and-a-bit years there has been Spanky in a whole array of incarnations; I guess the name is more of an umbrella of slight talent than a persona per se. She/ he has appeared in a show of my own devising that is a essentially fictitious autobiography (‘Spanky Is A Gang Star’), as well as group efforts such as ‘The Lipsinkers’, ‘Night Of A Thousand Jay Astons’ and the drag panto ‘Malice in Wonderland’.
In ‘Spanky Is A Gang Star’, this week Spanky joins a gang of Smiths-loving tranny Mexicans. It’s a true story via my mother. The thing I love the most about this excuse to perform is nicking other people’s stuff, changing the names around and then passing it off as my own. No one is safe. As a friend of mine once said, never trust an actor, they're all liars. Never trust a mister-sister, cause they’ll nick your pearls at the same time!
At the risk of sounding a bit up my own arse, the renaissance that is cabaret highlights an exciting fact of how people are craving pure entertainment again. Excellent cabaret will also provoke thought and ideas amongst the crowd that a crowing Jade Goody could never do. I think that is what separates what I do from the more traditional notions of drag. I’m not saying what I do is high art – far from it – Christ, I lip -synch to the Eagles! And sing covers of Madonna. Drag has always been in the mainstream, now there is a new incarnation of performers hitting that general psyche now. And that’s exciting.
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