In song, dance and anecdote, I tell up how being overheard practicing in a Suffolk police lockup led me to singing shanties for Her Majesty, then to being flown out to dance the Sugar Plum in Iraq. And to clash with Stacks, notorious 42 Royal Marines Commando.
The MoD report called it an Honourable Exchange when Stacks hoiked me offstage by the tutu underwire, intending to stuff me up the hull of a tank. As the insurgents started shelling… Stacks and I learned to tamp down our respective excesses, and the oddest couple friendship was formed.
'Perhaps in spite of itself, the talk has soul. Beyond the sheer theatricality and hilarity we got fascinating takes on war, male bonding, life and death, LGBT issues, social media, mental health - PTSD - etc, and, perhaps most importantly: the universal need for empathy.' Victoria Wilson
‘Only the divinely unique Iestyn Edwards could be in a tutu in a war zone and tell about it so perfectly. He is a portal for joy. Fascinating, moving and completely hilarious.’ Miranda Hart
‘The most informative, most brilliant talk of the festival!’ Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Sheffield Head of Engagement
‘Thank you for being so fab and for bringing your brilliant show here.’ Cambridge Literary Festival
‘A stone-cold highlight of Wilderness and then Sunday Papers Live. LOVE LOVE LOVE Iestyn!’ Ben de Vere
‘It doesn’t come any better than this.’ Ruby Wax
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“The audience howled with laughter, stamped and cheered.”
I come from a family of variety performers and regularly appear in West End venues such as the Hippodrome, Café de Paris and Duckie; also the Royal Opera House, the Barbican, The National Theatre, Home House, Soho House and the Hurlingham Club. My Channel 4 shorts "Madame Galina's Rough Guide to Choreography" were twice broadcast worldwide. I’ve toured throughout Great Britain in the one-man shows Anything for a Tenor, Madame Galina Ballet Star Galactica/New Forces’ Sweetheart and the award-winning play Along Came Bill.
Following a private recital onboard H.M.S. Victory for Her Majesty, I auditioned (by mistake) to take my variety turn Madame Galina Ballet Star Galactica to entertain troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. My memoir about these accidental tours, "My Tutu Went AWOL", was published by Unbound Books in 2016 and appeared as a self-narrated Audible audiobook in 2018. It topped the Amazon Gay and Lesbian Biography Chart and reached number 2 in Comedy. I've toured the 'vaudeville preface' to the book since its launch at the Hippodrome to all the major literary festivals.
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