- 05 Apr 01
Er, perhaps not, but after 25 years of waxing, back-combing and tottering around on six-inch heels, Mr. Pussy has certainly earned the right to call himself ‘Ireland’s Most Misleading Lady’. LIAM FAY gets a lesson in cross-dressing from the man who’s stripped Bono to the waist, offered solace to Charlie Haughey and stuck a hairy appendage under Ringo Starr’s nose. PIX: Colm Henry
THE RUSTLE of chiffon, the tapping of stiletto heels, the glow of lip gloss, the sheen of glistening ebony tresses – the apparition before me may sound glamorous but it’s anything but, primarily because the bloke in the chiffon, the heels, the lip gloss and the ebony tresses is freezing his balls off and trying to slam some life into the smallest two bar electric heater that I’ve ever seen.
Come to the cabaret, old chum. It’s a bitterly cold February night and Mr. Pussy, “Ireland’s Most Misleading Lady,” is in his star dressing room, a desolate hallspace at the very back of The Cuckoo’s Nest pub in Tallaght. A hardened survivor of many such “dressing rooms”, Mr. Pussy has taken the wise precaution of donning his costume before he left his house. But there are still finishing touches to be added such as the dabbing of more make-up on his shaven chest to create a cleavage effect. This procedure is continually interrupted, however, by bar boys barrelling through the hall, to and from the outside cellar, with crates in their hands. Most avert their eyes from the décolletage-applying diva, one bursts out laughing.
For the record, tonight Mr. Pussy is clad in a black micro skirt, a low-cut black cashmere top and swathes of black chiffon. The man shivering beneath this rig out is Alan Amsby who this year is celebrating twenty-five years as Ireland’s best known drag queen. Right now, however, he’s beginning to wonder if celebrating is the appropriate word.