& PERFORMERS CREATIVITY THRU TRANSGENDERISM
Dextrous - Drag Performer
story doesn't start with the Glamourpuss Amber Dextrous.
Years before she was even born in the year of our lord
1994 I created a rather sad looking mime creation by the
name of Poppy Cox, yes it's my secret shame. She couldn't
wear eyelashes, had a wig like Rita Fairclough and a dress
that looked like she'd stolen it from a Boney M revival.
She had two gigs and died on her backside at both of them
to the words "I love a good mime act ... and that was
f**k all like one!!!" It still haunts me to this day so
consider me posting this picture up as group therapy.
After travelling around
the club circuit as a male singer ( I know who would have
believed it), I made many friends on the Cardiff gay scene,
one of which a rather gorgeous looking creature by the
name of Miss Kitty who was the hostess of the then very
popular Atlantica Bar and Wow nightclub. In 1996 she persuaded
me to audition as a hostess, did my make up and gave me
a frock (which I still have) and so Amber Dextrous was
born. Where did the name come from? Another Cardiff Drag
Queen by the name of Dr Beverley Ballcrusher. You were
lucky I am so easily won over, otherwise you would now
be looking at the website of Miss Opal Fruit.
so the big wigged wonder I created hit the gay and straight
cabaret circuit with an amazing amount of success. Now
singing live and using jokes stolen from other drag acts
(I had no shame). I travelled the length of the UK touring.
I moved from Wales to Bristol (Cardiff was rife with them
at the time) and moved to Bristol. The highlight of this
period was playing to a crowd of 10,000 people on Brighton
Beach with the late but great Lady Ding at the outdoor
showing of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. I spent two
of the most pleasurable years of my life also hosting
Sunday afternoon cabaret at the local gay pub the Elephant
in Bristol. At this point I formed a double act with a
very .... very ... very old friend of mine Dr Beverley
Ballcrusher called Pink & Fluffy and this added another
string to my bow.
As the years rolled by
the wigs got smaller and the act got bluer. I started
working abroad as well (who can resist a drag queen with
heat bumps). And so we come to 2004, eight years on from
when the old slapper was first dredged up from the swamp.
I moved to Bath and hold a residency at Bath's premier
gay fun pub Mandalyns whilst still touring all over the
place. Pink & Fluffy's lifespan of 3 years was cut short
due to the increasing popularity of the solo acts in it
(in other words we could never find a bloody date free
when one of us wasn't working). So what's in store for
the future .......... who knows.
Well here is a little update on the story. In 2005 I left
Bath to move back to Cardiff with boyfriend and cat in
tow. Sadly this meant I had to leave my gorgeous residency
at Mandalyns . I took up a residency with Adonis cabaret,
the UK's biggest hen night organiser working every Saturday
in Newcastle (flights included obviously!!) and more recently
in Bournemouth. Through Adonis cabaret I managed to set
up another double act with the formidable Ms Davina Sparkle.
I also started to write a column for the gay magazine
'One' so look out for that as well as performing like
a madwoman on all over the place. Even the Far East .....
if you don't hear from me then I've been sold for 3 camels
and pair of sandals.
amber dextrous show can be booked through most reputable
agencies or to book direct