Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Penny Clifford: Unforgettable Shows (01)

Monika: "Simone & Monique’s Playgirls Revue" is said to have been one of the most lavish and popular revues in the history of the Australian cabaret. What made it so special? 
Penny: We have had many amazing Trans shows in Australia starting with Les Girls but their budgets were limited. The Playgirls however had huge budgets and larger venues to work in so the quality of the shows were higher and more glamorous. Its was often called "The Rolls Royce Of Drag Shows".
Monika: I read that the show was famous for its costumes, comedy and exceptional music. Do you agree?
Penny: Yes, the 2 ladies that ran the show, Simone & Monique were way ahead with their concepts and design and the costumes, music and comedy was world class to say the least.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Interview with Casey Plett

Monika: Today’s interview will be with Casey Plett, an American transgender writer, author of "Other Women", featured in Topside Press‘s "The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard". Hello Casey!
Casey: Hi Monika! Before we start, I must apologetically let you know I am actually living in Canada as of this January, so I'm only sort of American at the moment!
Monika: How did you start writing?
Casey: Well I've always read. I think I was eight when I got this idea that being a writer would be cool, and then I alternated writing sad or wacky shit off and on through my pre-teen and teen years.
A month before my nineteenth birthday, I was in Seattle for a weekend and suddenly in a rush just started writing down everything that had happened to me in the preceding months and that's when I thought "Nah, I'm really gonna give this writing thing a go, I'm actually gonna try and do this."
And like lots followed after, like I did a bunch of school, and I had periods where I didn't write and just smoked weed and got drunk. But that weekend in Seattle is the turning point that exists in my head, I guess.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Interview with Britany Somers

Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Britany Somers, an American transgender radio host, comedian and transgender advocate. Hello Britany!
Britany: Hi Monika.
Monika: Could you say a few words about your career so far?
Britany: Like most terrestrial broadcasters licensed prior to the '96 Telecom Act, it's over. The little show I have keeps my toe in the rapidly evaporating water. That's about it.
Monika: How long have you been producing the Boca Show? Which topics does it focus on?
Britany: The show is in it's third year. Seriously thinking of just renaming it The Brit Somers Show. “Boca” is a well known nickname from the Neil Rogers Show which I was part of for 20 years. I kept it for the local South Florida listeners familiar with my material. Too parochial for online. My show is intentionally General Interest. (AOR; All Over the Road).

Songs of Allison Lenore Annalora (11)

Monika: "One Less Bell to Answer" is a 1967 song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, originally written in 1967 for Keely Smith, the song was rediscovered in late 1969 by Bones Howe, the producer for The 5th Dimension, and the song was included on the group's 1970 debut album. Lead vocals the were sung by Marilyn McCoo. She was fantastic …
Allison: Funny you should pick this song. I'm doing it at my next gig... I do the 5th Dimension, Marilyn McCoo's version!
Monika: What is your favourite line in the song?
Allison: "One less man to pick up after... No more laughter, no more love....."

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