During my online show to celebrate Pride and the 23rd anniversary of my Bingo show, I had a surprise visit from international music superstar Gloria Estefan. Gloria, who I had previously interviewed for my column in the GCN magazine, recorded a special video greeting wishing everyone a happy Pride month – despite Covid19 – and she congratulated me on 23 years of drag shows. Gloria was giving drag queens high profile gigs long before RuPaul ever did and it was a real thrill to get someone of her stature to join in the festivities.
It’s not an anniversary, it’s a dragiversary – and I am celebrating one on June 28. Of course, all of my life is “Herstory in the Making” but on that day I will be marking something special. That’s because it has been twenty three years since I first hosted my Bingo show in The George… and I’m hosting an online show to celebrate.
Luckily, it’s also Pride weekend so it doesn’t have to be about me at all. It can be about YOU and your friends watching me and my friends. There’ll be fabulous drag performances, lots of silliness and shade PLUS you can play bingo for some lovely prizes including the cash jackpot. Tickets are on sale now. Just click the link below and join the fun!
A bunch of Irish “performance artists” (that’s drag queens and kings to you and me) have joined together with Eleanor McEvoy, for ‘Only a Woman’s Heart – With a Twist’ to raise funds for Age Action’s work with older people in Ireland. Yes, I am one of them. But that’s not the twist.
‘Only A Woman’s Heart’ is a song written by Eleanor McEvoy and part of a compilation of twelve tracks performed by six female Irish artists that sold more copies than any other album ever in Irish music sales history. Most of the songs are well-known in Ireland but ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’ is iconic. But that’s not the twist either.
Age Action supports and advocates for equality and human rights for all older people. Everything we do is based on a recognition of the diversity of identity and situation among older people and a concern for equality for all older people. This funds raised by this project will help to support Age Action’s work. And here comes the twist.
It is YOUR support that makes this project work. By watching our performance and then contributing to Age Action, you’re doing a good thing.
Link takes you to Age Action GoFundMe page.
Tickets for Sunday’s Online Bingo are selling fast. If you already grabbed a ticket, thank you so much for your support. We’ve got a fun show lined up which is worth it alone… but your ticket comes with a bingo card that could win some of our wild and wonderful prizes or our cash jackpot.
If you haven’t got a ticket yet, you better make a move fast. Numbers are limited for logistical reasons and that number is approaching fast(er than I thought!). See you Sunday!
I’m taking my show online.
Covid-19 has been a tragedy for many people. It has also meant that a lot of you have lost your jobs as well as the ability to have a normal social life. It came on fast and nobody is entirely sure when and how it will end. For those of us that work in entertainment, we feel trapped in our homes and limited by what we can do to keep the fun and laughter alive.
It will be some time before we can get back to the kind of productions (and the crowds) that made doing Bingo in The George such a blast for the past 22 years. In the meantime, it’s lockdown and ‘wash your hands’ and social distancing and online drag shows and wondering when will our lives begin…
I’ll be announcing some online antics soon. Stay well.
My brand new up close and personal podcast is coming soon. Nothing to see/hear just yet so please bear with me while I just put all the pieces in place.
Moving in the circles in which I do runs the risk of getting infected. I did – and my site was riddled – so I’ve had to CTRL-ALT_DEL and start afresh. Remember, boys and girls, that’s not always an option with your health so play safe.