Only two days to go until we had back to our Great Portland Street home, The Albany. Today we meet one half of the our duet for the evening, Valerie Savage!
Why did you start performing?
It would be absolutely criminal not to be releasing these dumb faces to the general public.
Do you remember your first time on stage? How did that go?
I remember my first time NOT on stage, at my first dancing concert when I was five I insisted I was too sick to perform but then was miraculously better once I was sitting in the audience. Shocking, I know.
Of all of your acts, which is your favourite to perform?
I love Show Off so much, it’s such an obscenely self-indulgent character and it’s getting more ridiculous every time I perform.
What is your biggest asset and your biggest flaw as a performer?
My biggest asset is my FACE and my biggest flaw is also my face. I really enjoy looking horrible onstage and making people laugh but it’s real hard to get nice photos of you performing, which is why the new act I’m doing for the show is Not Funny and it is Art.
What do you think is people’s first impression of you?
Someone described me as “a walking Dr Seuss character” at Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival last weekend and I am quite attached to that now. It is probably more accurately “who is that person shovelling popcorn into her mouth like she is both someone feeding a horse and the horse being fed”, which also happened over the weekend.
What’s your favourite thing about cabaret?
That there are no restrictions to what you can do! As someone who was always getting told off for messing around in ballet class, I love that nobody yells at you for messing around in cabaret because it’s your job.
We’ve all had those days when we feel like doing nothing. What motivates you to be productive on a daily basis?
Cups of tea. I have a kettle in my bedroom so I don’t even have to leave the room if I am having a bad day and it is LIFE CHANGING.
What’s your next challenge in life or in performing?
I’m putting together a one-woman show which is very exciting but definitely the biggest challenge of both my life and my performing career!
You love her now, don’t you? Come and see her join forces with the incredible Dolly Trolley who we’ll be meeting tomorrow!