Today we meet the glorious Dolly Trolley. This brand new performer has been lighting up the stage with a very exciting act which we can’t wait to see on the Luscious stage. Get to know her a little better right here!
Why did you start performing?
I started performing as a child at our local dancing school and have dabbled in various forms of dance and theatre since. At university, I had the opportunity to start making original work and I enjoyed creating performances which challenged gender stereotypes of movement styles, representation and relationships – I guess that was a slippery slope to starting drag!
Do you remember your first time on stage? How did that go?
Vividly. As a child I was one half of a 2-headed, 3-legged, alien circus ringmaster in a Beatles jukebox musical. That was weird.
My first time performing drag or cabaret was at the end of March at the showcase for Michael Twaits’ drag course, and it was EPIC. The only thing that went wrong was one costume mishap, but I don’t think you can be a real superstar without having had a wardrobe malfunction happen to you.
Of all of your acts, which is your favourite to perform?
I’ll tell you the favourite part of my acts – TAP! Tap dancing is so much fun and more versatile than you would initially think. And its an excellent stress relief.
What is your biggest asset and your biggest flaw as a performer?
My biggest asset would be that I don’t take myself too seriously and always air on the side of frivolity.
My biggest flaw would be the amount that I sweat. I’ve sweated my eyebrows off more than once. And people have regretted hugging me after performances. #damp
What do you think is people’s first impression of you?
When people meet me “in real life” they think I’m “a nice boy”; one that your mother wouldn’t be upset about you bringing home. Then they find out I’m a drag queen alongside having a maths degree. Then they’re just a bit befuddled.
What’s your favourite thing about cabaret?
The freedom and the variety. In Michael’s drag course, all 12 of us came up with completely different acts for our showcase which really added to my learning experience.
We’ve all had those days when we feel like doing nothing. What motivates you to be productive on a daily basis?
The fear of missing opportunities. I’m a person that says yes a lot and is always busy – I find that the more you do, the more doors become open to you.
What’s your next challenge in life or in performing?
I’m new to the London cabaret scene, my debut was at the end of March, and so my next challenge is to simply keep performing regularly – to keep up the stamina to do so, to keep fresh ideas flowing and to challenge myself to take on different types of performance.
You can be amused, stunned and entertained by Dolly Trolley at Luscious Cabaret on Friday.