From entertaining troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, concurrently headlining at the Café de Paris, Rah Rah Rooms and the London Hippodrome, private performances for all the senior members of the royal family – with the exception of Prince Charles - the Olivier Award winning show C’est Barbican and two series on Channel 4.
After a private performance for Her Majesty in 2005, wires got crossed and he ended up on four tours to Iraq and Afghanistan entertaining for Combined Services Entertainment. Woman’s Hour made him Forces’ Sweetheart and Joanna Lumley played his recording of “Tom Bowling” during her 2006 appearance on Desert Island Discs. The book about his war-zone experiences: My Tutu Went AWOL! is being published by Unbound Books.
My Tutu Went AWOL!
A memoir of being the only drag variety act ever taken out to entertain in Iraq and Afghanistan.
‘A rare and perfect synthesis of art and larkiness…the audience howled with laughter, stamped and cheered!’ Libby Purves, The Times
All well and good, but surely a book show should be a quieter affair?
Penelope Fitzgerald wouldn’t have gone to Hay with her squeeze-box.
I did try not to dance and sing at my book show…once: for the non-elected Dean of Bocking. But it’s the audiences. They make me. I like an encore. So, now I've decided to fully embrace dancing the ballet and singing the opera at literary festivals – sometimes I might even remember to read excerpts from the book!
‘Loved what you did at Hay…bloody clever…must see more!’ Anne Robinson
'The wonderfully eccentric Madame Galina held us enthralled!’ Daily Mail
‘Him in Camp Bastion giving it tiddle-iddle thud in six dozen doilies sewn together…mental to take on Royal Marines...he'll always be my little girl!’’ Lt Cpl Rink-Dink, 42 Commando
'Quite the star…I think he's wonderful…go Tutuboy, you rock!’ Joanna Lumley
‘He has that rare artist’s gift of going from high comedy to pathos with no gear change,’ Craig Brown
‘I truly enjoyed this book…a great writer…the dialogue in particular is hilarious,’ Mike Jones
Pitch to Publishers & Festival Organisers
Nothing like this has ever happened, the fish out of water aspect is crackers, you have the double whammy of my book show and of an appearance by a West End headliner.
Awards & Prizes
Olivier Award winning show C’est Barbican
Literary Festival Appearances
Hay, Essex, Suffolk.
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