Interview: Elaine

Elaine, TV3 — 15 February 2017.

I was a guest on TV3’s Elaine show on Wednesday afternoon. I don’t have a new book or a show to flog so it was a general chat about me and my dreary life. Elaine is great fun and — as she mentions in the interview, has been to my show in The George,so —we had already met.  That made the whole thing a lot easier!

We discussed the fact that I have now been Shirley Temple Bar for 20 years, how that all started and about drag in general. (She tried to get me to get shady with drag queens from RuPaul’s drag race but I wouldn’t be drawn. At least not while the cameras were on me).

We also talked about my parents, who are deaf, and in particular about my mother. I told the story of how my mother had to travel to the US to get a degree because she couldn’t matriculate to UCD because she hadn’t studied Irish.

The show is available on the TV3 player here

Interview: Nationwide

RTE’s popular magazine programme Nationwide was doing a programme on Dublin City University recently. The university has grown steadily since it first opened in the early 1980s. As a former student, I was asked to appear to describe my experiences there. Even though my memories are tenuous at best, I jumped at the chance to reveal them to Mary Kennedy who is a true legend of Irish broadcasting and whose career highlights now include hosting the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest and interviewing me.

With Mary Kennedy, strolling through DCU. December 2016.

You can see the segment, which includes a quick glimpse of Shirley Temple Bar presenting Telly Bingo and a cringey moment where I pretend to care that a lecture room in DCU got a lick of paint, here.

Nationwide, RTE1 Television, Friday 27 January 2017

Nocturnal Animals Premiere

With Andrew at the Lighthouse Cinema,  1 November 2016.

I was a guest of my pals at Lennon Courtney for the premiere of Nocturnal Animals, the latest film from Tom Ford, last night. Tom Ford has made a seamless transition from fashion to film, first with A Single Man, the stunningly beautiful adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s memoirs, and now with the much darker Nocturnal Animals. Two very different films. Both very beautifully shot.

The opening scene is stunning!

Interview: Nicky Byrne Show 2FM

c. Ronan Hurley, The George

RTE 2FM, 19 October 2016

I was a guest on The Nicky Byrne with Jenny Greene Show on RTE 2FM today. Or is it The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene? Either way it’s a bit of a mouthful but I was there and so were they (both Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene) and we had a fun chat about Drag culture and the particular impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race on popular culture.

You can listen back here – and if you listen very carefully, you can hear me blagging my way through the item. [I’m advised that this show is no longer available on that link. Sorry!]

We discussed the language of the Drag Race show and I explained how it owed its provenance to the language of the Black and Latino LGBT communities of New York of the 1980s & 1990s. Their colourful and creative (and sometimes tragic) lives were beautifully captured in the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, which I mentioned on the show. Those of you old enough to care will be also thrilled to learn that this film and the community it portrays are the inspiration for Madonna’s 1990 hit Vogue. The documentary is now available on Netflix (legally) and Youtube (illegally perhaps?), so in the words of Madonna, ‘Don’t just stand there, get right to it…’