Part 2 of the Quinn/Snelling conversation includes discourse on some of Australian television's deep dark past, various animal attacks (including some startling revelations about Wes's country upbringing) and whether or not there is a bicycle heaven.
Wes Snelling is a multi-award-winning and multi-award-nominated cabaret artist, mentor, dramaturg, director and producer. He is also the creator of the spectacular cabaret diva alter ego Tina Del Twiste. We talked about The Big Gig (ABC TV) and the Return To Eden miniseries which involved Rebecca GIlling getting eaten by a crocodile. In fact, there's quite a lot of stuff about animals, including a reference to Wes's house mouse, ferreting, why rabbits are SATAN, cats that act like dogs, close encounters with sharks and a mystery animal under a school building. That's not the start of a repressed memory, I'm fine.
We've known each other for basically twenty years, and it is evidence of my respect for him that in this episode I allowed my single most embarrassing television appearance public. Dear God, let that 1980s show have been razed from the annals of Australian broadcasting history...
Incidentally, if you have not encountered them before, these are spokey dokes:
And this is a brolga dancing (Apols, iTunes people! See www.bangonthestrillers.com for images):
Photograph of Wes Snelling from his lauded show 'Kiosk' by James Penlidis (true, it's late and I didn't double check, but if I had any money, I'd put it on this being a Penlidis shot).
HEY THERE CATS AND KITTENS!
The next episode of Bang On The Strillers is currently being edited, featuring Wes Snelling (part 2) where we discuss family/animal trauma, Return to Eden and I confess one of my most embarrassing moments which is on film somewhere in the Australian television archives (and I'm talking circa 1987 so you know it's bad).
Meanwhile, I can't recommend Michelle Brasier's episode enough, it's mental.
Also, here is my Soundcloud page where you will find all the episodes (except Mike's, which oddly hasn't synced, so I shall upload that later) and some other Geraldine Quinn bits and pieces.
*Strong language warning*
Note - both my guests and I do make informed choices to swear sometimes (not constantly, but the worst words you can think of may pop up), most often for comic effect. It's not a question of intellect or poor vocabulary - it's a definite choice. So bear that in mind if you have sensitive types within earshot. Unless of course you want to warp them, in which case, turn it up.
In this episode of Bang On The Strillers, I, Geraldine Quinn, join music theatre/cabaret/comedy performer and fellow Wagga Wagga child Michelle Brasier (who is also a founding member of Backwards Anorak who had recently returned from yet another sold out UK jaunt and I'm not jealous at all).
We discuss the point when grieving becomes hilarious, how art can help when your heart is broken, playing embarrassment roulette in public, spectacular accidents, coming of age in country Australia, badly written reviews, what it's like to have Malcolm Turnbull as your dad, being described as "a hungrier Rebel Wilson", how not to destroy your voice, making a fool of yourself in front of medical professionals, all with the rumble of Lygon Street, Carlton softly in the background.
Featuring me losing my tiny ginger mind at two of the funniest stories I've ever heard. Here is a link to Michelle's article on art and grief.
Photograph of Michelle Brasier by Evan Munro-Smith.