Cabaret ‘Queen’ Paulus and 28 teddies mark 100th anniversary of Dreamland and the Scenic Railway.
The event was due to have been marked with a series of large-scale events, new art commissions and festival fun . But 2020 has been a year blighted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Events everywhere have been cancelled, large gatherings are banned and social distancing measures in place to halt the transmission of the virus mean opening the amusement park is just not viable.
So, instead of the planned party alternative queen All Together Now TV personality and cabaret performer Paulus declared the 100th birthday before the Scenic set off along the track with 28 giant teddies onboard.
Paulus has been a regular Dreamland visitor since staying with his nan in Margate as a small boy. Later years saw visits with friends as a teen and last year Paulus was part of the Pride celebrations at the park.
Paulus said: “It really is a great story for the Scenic which has survived three fires and a world war and I am sure Dreamland will survive through this.”
Paulus and Emily step back in time with theatre historian Naomi Paxton. We discover how the suffragette movement incorporated the arts into their fight for women’s rights, and how the arts and politics are closely linked. Plus who knew jiujitsu had an important role to play in votes for women!
Paulus has a good gossip with an old friend and Emily meets Dusty Limits! Cabaret compère, actor and singer, he’s done it all. We discuss being in ‘it’ for the long haul, how a karaoke competition had a life-changing effect and we delve into “What is Cabaret?” We also discover Dusty’s creative top tip(s).
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Meet RuPaul’s Drag Race star and all round beautiful human being Divina De Campo! Paulus and Emily find out about their first love of singing and the wilderness years of teaching dance in Welsh! We also learn the importance of falling over and giving yourself permission to fail. And Divina shares their creative top tip!
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Recorded in February with possibly our most colourful guest. Paulus and Emily talk to Dean, a 53-year-old therapist and shaman, who was once told they couldn’t sing and now sings in a gospel choir and is exploring their drag persona singer Debbie Delaware. We discuss their journey through creating the perfect tattoo, their obsession with thigh high boots and identifying as a transgender women choosing to live in a gay man’s body.
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