Sunday, 24 May 2009

The world is burning, let's watch David Hoyle

A friend of mine posted the video below on facebook and it reminded me how brilliant David Hoyle is. Before the end of the last century, his stage persona was The Divine David who rampaged through clubs like Duckie performing his eloquent, considered but totally anarchic act on gayers in Manchester and London. But Divine David has long gone, away with the 90s. Six years after he was killed off in an ice show spectacular at Streathm Ice Rink, David Hoyle came back with mammoth projects like Magazine, his own unique take on the warped modern world. The voice, sentiment and comic genius is exactly the same, a sort of Frances de la Tour stuck in a K-hole, the original cabaret terrorist. His latest show is a residency at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern called Dave's Drop-In Centre which he describes as "a social event. We're all in there together. Group therapy, group support - group everything hopefully!".

Here's a clip from his 1999 Channel 4 show The Divine David - "The world is burning, let's masturbate... people in Buckingham Porlace, they masturbate"



And more recently, David takes us on a short trip to the gay annexe in Vauxhall.



Dave's Drop-in Centre show at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern captured right here...



A VERY SPECIAL cabaret terrorist 'dropped in' to Dave's Drop-in Centre, right here and uploaded to BooTube. They make a gorgeous couple, non? As part of the publicity for the current shows, here is an insightful interview with David from last month in The Times.

4 comments:

Paul said...

i do enjoy his column in either attitude or gay times, i forget which now :)

Adam said...

A true pioneer and a clear voice amongst the majority of white noise that constitutes 21st century culture. Compared to the Scottee's of this world, who merely recycle and dilute the bravery of others, David keeps pushing forward relentlessly and thrillingly. Many thanks for this excellent post (and blog) and damned sorry to miss the David/Justin duet a fortnight ago!

Gregling said...

See, it's times like this I'm seriously craving to be in London, I'd love to see David perform again, although whenever I have a party at my flat he seems to make an appearance at some point. He's such good company. He fell asleep on my couch recently and I took a picture of me kissing him on the cheek as he dozed. Ironically I was the one wearing the smudged eyeliner. x

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