Performer Mark Trevorrow’s fabulous life
At home with Life’s been a cabaret for the Prince of Polyester
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.