Spanky Pays Tribute to His Firecracker Mother with New Alter-Ego
Cabaret star Spanky, aka Rhys Morgan, says the late Amy Winehouse and his straight-talking New Zealand mum were among the many muses for his latest show Dead Bitches, which he performs as part of Perth’s Fringe World from 10 through 18 February.
The cross-dressing performer – who stormed last year’s Fringe World as party-hearty Mr Sister Candice McQueen – this year returns with a new alter-ego in head nurse Raelene Dakota Honeypot.
Morgan says the no-nonsense Nurse Honeypot is based loosely on his “firecracker” Kiwi mother, also a nurse.
“Not only does the accent sound funny but I think there’s something really in these people who are real sharpshooters and they shoot from the hip. But underneath they’ve got hearts of gold,” he says.
The New Zealand-born performer became a London cabaret legend during his seven-year residency at the infamous Bistrotheque venue.
Original article by Jacqui Bahr, The West Australian, January 22, 2014.