Dolly’s no rough diamond
WHEN it comes to humour, Michael Dalton, aka Dolly Diamond, is quite old school – a gentle style of humour that avoids nastiness.
“That’s where the talent lies, if I may be so bold. I mean, would you be happy having that cruel stuff said or done to you? It’s all in your wit, rather than going for the jugular.
“I think you can be more subtle. The good comedians never have any trouble coming up with gentler humour.” So Dolly won’t be humiliating people at her show on Saturday at the Clink. “I think Dolly is one of those people who love people to get involved and join in. There won’t be a lot of people brought up on stage – I come to them.
“It’s never my aim to make someone feel uncomfortable. Everyone’s got to be able to have a laugh. I think it comes from my British background where you go along to some of these sorts of things and have a singalong, that’s what happens with some of the songs Dolly does, like “Love Is In The Air” or “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole ... it’s just about clapping along and enjoying it.
Michael says in essence his show has its basis in music hall and musical theatre. “I grew up loving that tradition. But Dolly’s a modern woman, she’s lived through times.
“It’s all live and very cabaret. I don’t like the word drag, only because people just think you’re probably miming.
The show is mostly music plus a bit of a chat as Dolly tells stories. Some of that talk is about “the moment” – “I’m good at reacting with the crowd that I’ve got,” says Michael. “I like that.”
As a performer with a showbusiness career reaching back to childhood, Michael says diversity is something that has kept him in good stead. Plus hard work.
“You have to work bloody hard to do alright in this business,” he says.
Michael Dalton has been up here before but hasn’t worked here. “I couldn’t wait, to be honest, when the offer came. I love the warm weather. And Port Douglas is a little slice of heaven. I absolutely love it.”
Dolly Diamond: at the Clink on Saturday for one show