Per­former Mark Trevor­row’s fab­u­lous life

At home with Life’s been a cabaret for the Prince of Polyester

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It might be hard to be­lieve, but stand-up co­me­dian and cabaret star Mark Trevor­row had to learn the lyrics to the kitsch theme song of the late ’70s TV show Love Boat.

It’s a sur­pris­ing rev­e­la­tion given his muchloved al­ter ego Bob Downe is a cel­e­bra­tion of all things over-the-top and a lit­tle bit daggy.

Mark, who is cur­rently ap­pear­ing as Bob Downe in a one-man ex­trav­a­ganza on the Love Boat Cruise on Syd­ney’s Rhythm Boat is rel­ish­ing his new role.

“I had to learn to sing the Love Boat song, can you be­lieve I didn’t know it?” he says. “I love it now.” Mark, who cre­ated the im­mensely pop­u­lar char­ac­ter Bob Downe in 1984 at the Glebe Food Fair, and has toured the world as the Prince of Polyester ever since, says it’s nice to be work­ing so close to home.

“The Rhythm fun boat is a lovely, daggy oldd boat and I’ve al­ways wanted to do a din­ner show on the har­bour,” he says.

To­gether with his part­ner Ste­fan, Mark hass just ren­o­vated their 1920s Span­ish Mis­sion-style apart­ment to al­low more nat­u­ral light to fil­ter through with a light, soft colour pal­ette.

“I lived here for years, rent­ing from a friend, and even­tu­ally we bought it and ren­o­vated it about six months ago,” he says.

The apart­ment in the in­ner city was com­pletely re-wired, with new plas­ter­work, new tim­ber floors and an up­dated bath­room.

“Ste­fan is a de­signer/ar­chi­tect with a lot of tradie con­tacts, so we did the lot in six weeks,” he says. “I’m so grate­ful all that work was com­pleted so quickly. It def­i­nitely pays to know peo­ple in high places.”

Who Mark Trevor­row, cur­rently ap­pear­ing as his al­ter ego, Bob Downe, on the Love Boat Cruise on Syd­ney Har­bour Where In­ner-city apart­ment with part­ner, in­te­rior ar­chi­tect, Ste­fan El­liott. “When we first got to­gether ev­ery­one thought I was dat­ing Stephan El­liott, di­rec­tor of Priscilla, which was hi­lar­i­ous”

Favourite thing There’s a place in Fitzroy in Mel­bourne called Clear It, and I found this Jack Lon­don jacket there. It’s such a great party jacket that straight men ask about it In­spi­ra­tion Dec­o­rat­ing this apart­ment was very much about bring­ing in light Home is My favourite thing in the whole world. Noth­ing like land­ing in Syd­ney, jump­ing on a train and get­ting home in 20 min­utes Flow­ers I made a fuss about how fresh flow­ers stress me out, es­pe­cially in the dress­ing room. You have to look af­ter them. Ste­fan had put th­ese on top of a ham­per. I thought: “You don’t know me at all.” Then I re­alised they were fake.

Jimmy Carruthers poster I found it at the an­tique mar­kets. I didn’t know who it was for years un­til a friend of mine took one look and said: “That’s Jimmy Carruthers, he was a fa­mous ban­tamweight boxer.” Now it goes with me ev­ery­where. Mrs VVera plate My dear friend from San Fran­cisco,Fra David Faulk, made a se­ries or por­trait­sportra and trans­ferred them on to plates.p I brought this thist one home with me.

Naive art map It’s a wooden, cut-out map of Aus­tralia, done by a naive artist. It’s beau­ti­ful, but so daggy. It used to be a cof­fee ta­ble, but I took the legs off and it now hangs on a wall.

Ta­ble lamp My friend, in­te­rior de­signer Grant Alexan­der found the base and had the shade made in a rough hes­sian. The base is made of Mu­rano glass, and it has a real ‘50s vibe.

Framed photo This is a photo of me in cos­tume with my dad wear­ing a T-shirt withth my im­age, which was taken by my mum minn in 1999. They’ve both passed sed on now and this thiis photo sits ts be­side my bed.

Award This is a Green Room Award for Life­time Achieve­ment in Cabaret. When they said my name I couldn’t be­lieve it. I said: “I didn’t even know I was sick.” They usu­ally give you th­ese kind of awards when you’re on your way out.

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