Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Dame Edna Interview Goodbye Tour…
Dame Edna is a character created and performed by Australian dadaist performer and comedian Barry Humphries, famous for her lilac-coloured or “wisteria hue” hair and cat eye glasses or “face furniture”, her favourite flower, the gladiolus (“gladdies”) and her boisterous greeting: “Hello, Possums!”
As Dame Edna, Humphries has written several books including an autobiography, My Gorgeous Life, appeared in several films and hosted several television shows (on which Humphries has also appeared as himself and other alter-egos).
Checkout Dame Edna’s tour in Leeds, Cardiff, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Southampton and more!
Belfield went to meet Edna on Broadway to discuss her remarkable life and career…..
Enjoy Dame Edna Live in the USA in 2015:
Los Angeles – Ahmanson Theatre 24 January – 15 March
San Francisco – Orpheum Theatre 17 – 22 March
Palm Desert – McCallum Theatre 30 March – 4 April
Toronto – Royal Alexandra Theatre 9 – 19 April
Washington DC – National Theatre 21 – 26 April
Humphries has regularly updated Edna, originally a drab Melbourne housewife satirising Australian suburbia. The character adopted an increasingly outlandish wardrobe after being performed in London in the 1960s, and grew in stature and popularity.
Following film appearances and an elevation to damehood in the 1970s, the character evolved to “Housewife and Superstar”, then “Megastar” and finally “Gigastar”.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Dame Edna became increasingly known and popular in North America after multiple stage and television appearances.
Here’s Barry Humphries and Alex Belfield in 2010:
Interview recorded by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio & the BBC.