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Auntie Boo's Variety Diner x Adelaide Fringe - Interview

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If you haven't had a chance to check out the guide, Auntie Boo's Variety Diner is one of those shows that will easily get you into the Fringe-y spirit by introducing you to a range of entertaining acts that will kick off the festivities of one of the busiest months in Adelaide in style. Husband and wife duo Boo and Mick Dwyer will be gracing us with their beautiful and witty presence by bringing their Variety Diner, which promises to stay true to their name by incorporating a variety elements - circus, comedy, cabaret, and burlesque - into one entertaining and entrancing show this upcoming Adelaide Fringe festival season.

In anticipation of their upcoming show Auntie Boo's Variety Diner, I was fortunate to conduct an e-interview with Micky and Boo - have a read of our exchange below:

Tema: Can you please tell us a bit about yourselves, Mick & Boo?
Mick and Boo: Sure thing - we'll start with Mick because he's your home-grown Adelaide boy. First of all, fun fact - Mick was at university studying to be a teacher when he stormed the national finals of JJJ's RAW comedy. He got through to the final, quit uni and started travelling the world as a standup comedian. It worked out OK. Since storming the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2000, this multi-award winning comedian is now veteran of well over a decade of international comedy festivals. Mickey D has performed across the UK, throughout Europe and the States and acquired an impressive list of TV and radio credits. No stranger to gruelling challenges, having been put through special forces training for the Channel 4 show SAS: Who Dares Wins, Mickey is now proudly a Guinness World Record holder for the highest ever terrestrial stand-up gig!
Boo AKA Boo Dwyer AKA Auntie Boo is originally from the UK. She's a Midlands girl, so if you hear a bit of Peaky Blinders in her accent, you'd be on the money! Trained as a professional actress in London, Boo lived and worked there for the whole of her 20's. She's now a multi-award nominated musical comedian, comic performer, writer and actor. A chance meeting with some excellent humans/Australian comedians at Edinburgh Fringe saw Boo travel to Australia, buy a campervan with a mattress in the back and tour around festivals in 2009. It was during this time she was introduced to the excellent dickhead, Mickey D. They have now been married for 10 years and tour, perform, and produce with each other all over Australia, the UK and further afield. Not limiting it to shows they have two feral yet beautiful kids; both born in Adelaide where Mick and Boo now call home.

Photography by Headshots Adelaide

Photography by Steve Ullathorne

Tema: What about the performing arts scene attracted you to it?
Mick and Boo: Ultimate fame, power and money (laughs hysterically), and of course, the people. Artists are the best and the worst and there's no other family and profession that could ever come close to giving you that environment to work in. It always comes back to the other artists.

Tema: How long have you been in the performing arts scene and what has the experience been like so far?
Mick and Boo: 20 years and counting! Shit, we are OLD! It's been our lives, literally so much so that there are no other experiences to compare it to, but generally, it's been an adventure. There have been times when you fly and there were times when you wonder why you're doing it at all. The longer you stay in the industry, the more you question things. It was more fun when we were ignorant. When it wasn't our livelihood. But, we're good co-captains and having kids has brought another level to the whole experience.

Tema: What inspired you to create your show Auntie Boo's Variety Diner?
Mick and Boo: I've been involved in variety shows before, and my first cabaret double act - Titty Bar Ha Ha - was vintage-inspired. I think I've always leant towards the retro/psycho vibe. I wanted to create a show that could be tailored to fit any environment, any room, any crowd. I also wanted to move away a little from my corsets and heels of the past. I'm a nearly 40-year-old mum of two, so I would want to drink my gin on-stage in flat shoes, whilst wearing a cute dress with pockets. Mick and I also wanted a show that we could work on together (during Fringe that may be the only hour of the day where we're in the same place at the same time!) He is my third favourite stand-up comedian, so he works well as part of the show! He even sells the raffle tickets - what a legend! The meat raffle was my first experience of rural Australia when I first arrived. I was picking Rockmelons in Ayr (N.QLD) and the local hotel ran the best meat raffle ever. I'd never seen a meat raffle before but it stuck with me. I love it. Now, we partner with Vegas Chicken from Central Markets and I reckon it's us that now have the best raffle ever. Come and see it!

Tema: What is the basic premise of Auntie Boo's Variety Diner, without giving too much away?
Mick and Boo: It's a night of comedy, burlesque & circus...Oh! And Auntie Boo's famous Meat Raffle! All hosted by the murderous mistress of mayhem, Auntie Boo - the friend who will help you bury the body at 4am. The Hostess with the Mostest, Party Bringer & Variety Queen with a penchant for leopard print. Auntie Boo is brought to you by the award-winning international team behind Phatcave, Titty Bar Ha Ha, Petty Bitches, Hot Sauce Burlesque and more of your Fringe favourites.
Disclaimer: The meat tray may or may not be an ex that failed to get away!

Tema: What can people expect from attending Auntie Boo's Variety Diner?
Mick and Boo: 4 acts giving the best in their field - comedy, cabaret, burlesque, and circus - all hosted by the delightfully murderous Auntie Boo. Have we mentioned the meat tray enough?

Photography by Headshots Adelaide

Tema: How did you get involved with the Adelaide Fringe (AF)?
Mick and Boo: Excellent life choices and too much whiskey.

Tema: As a returning Adelaide Fringe performer, what are you hoping to expect from this year's participation in the festival?
Mick and Boo: Great Audiences, little sleep, catch-ups with the Fringe family and a winery trip or two if we're lucky.

Tema: Where else has Auntie Boo's Variety Diner popped up (within Australia and/or overseas)?
Mick and Boo: It's an eclectic show, Auntie Boo's! We have popped up in Whyalla at uneARTh Festival, Adelaide Cab Fringe, Perth Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe this year and on to the Ord Valley Muster in the Kimberleys in May. It's a great show to tour and works in everything from a black box theatre to a local cricket club fundraiser, so we get around!

Tema: What do you think makes Auntie Boo's Variety Diner a must-watch show?
Mick and Boo: Every single act is award-winning, international, and excellent. We are a homegrown company that knows and loves Adelaide and only offer shows that we are super proud to put our name to. You can bring your mates or your dates and everyone will have the BEST time! You may even walk away with your dinner for the next day!

Tema: Is there anything else that you'd like us to know about yourselves and Auntie Boo's Variety Diner?
Mick and Boo: Yes! If you like Auntie Boo's you may also like our other shows at Fringe this year, including:
Phatcave (late-night stand-up)
Thomas Green: Yeah, Nah!
Mickey D: For PM
Petty Bitches (alongside Tash York - legend, Queen, all-round superstar) - review to last year's show here
And if you go and like the "Mick & Boo" Facebook page, we often post up discount codes for all shows.

Auntie Boo's Variety Diner will be performed at Gluttony from February 14 - March 1, 2020 and at Stirling Fringe on February 28 and 29, 2020, as part of Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.
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Why? It brings the best of the three C's - circus, cabaret, and comedy - all into one wholesome show.
When: Adelaide Fringe season (Feb 14 - Mar 1, 2020)
Where: Gluttony and Stirling Fringe
Cost: $15 - $25
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