Dolly’s no rough di­a­mond

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Nichols

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

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