Coming out? Want the world to know? Got to let it show? The John Rowe Show will be encouraging audiences to reveal their guilty pleasures.
The Australian TV personality and his band are heading to the Edinburgh Fringe with a brand new stage version of his much-loved chat show.
And at the heart of it all will be the audience and their secrets – all revealed to the tune of Donna Summer’s classic hit.
John himself admits to having a powerful inner grandma, something he realised when he developed the urge to collect porcelain teacups.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to hearing people’s ‘coming out’ stories – whether you’re a trucker with a secret love of Barry Manilow or a vegan who sneaks the occasional sausage.”
No two nights of The John Rowe Show are ever the same and he’ll also have showbiz mates dropping in for a chat, a cuppa and a doughnut on the sofa.
Among those popping up at the Fringe will be former Van Morrison backing singer turned successful solo recording artist Brian Kennedy, top comedy magician Mandy Muden, impressionist Naomi McDonald and fellow Aussies the drag queen Dolly Diamond and the charismatic Tap Pack song and dance crew.
All this will be packed in alongside groovy live tunes, singalongs, daggy dancing, daft chat, surprises and silliness – including a lesson from John’s favourite 70s Guide to Disco Dancing book, and top tips from the “John Rowe School of Overacting”.
Kitsch, cool and curious, John has a passion for the entertainingly odd and for musical fun. Joining him on stage will be his band members, Stefan Novak and Jake Bisognin in their favourite tartan togs.
John is a well-known face on television, whether it’s doing guest spots on variety shows, starring on kids’ TV or hosting events like the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. That’s on top of being a musician and singer.
The show will feature loads of feel-good music (old school and current faves) as John’s nightly house party rocks its way through the Fringe. So if you like Pina Coladas, getting caught in the rain …. head along and join the fun.
Venue: theSpace @ Symposium Hall, Hill Square (Venue 43)
Dates: Aug 2-6, 8-13, 15-17
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: £6 to £10
Box office: [email protected] 0131 510 2385
Venue: theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Nicolson St. (Venue 53)
Dates: Aug 19-24
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: £7 to £10
Box office: [email protected] 0131 510 2384