HELLO POSSUMS: Pat Connelly is looking forward to his Dame Edna show. Photo: Marco Magasic
HELLO POSSUMS: Pat Connelly is looking forward to his Dame Edna show. Photo: Marco Magasic

Dame Edna show proves a tough act to shake

WHEN Pat Connelly says he will stop doing the Dame Edna, start looking forward to it next year like a John Farnham concert.

"I've tried to retire 10 times on and off," Mr Connelly said.

"Every time I say no, someone says yes.

"I've had four people pull me up in the street this week and ask me, 'are you doing the Dame Edna?

"They said, 'if you're not doing it, we're coming to get you'."

Mr Connelly has been doing the performance since the '60s and donned the purple wig about 25 times.

And he's pulling it out again this Jacaranda Festival.

"The only time I ever saw Dame Edna live was last year at his farewell show, and I thought I've done alright with my act," he said. "I've tried to keep the character right. If it is a well respected character you try not to make a fool of it.

"I'll probably keep doing it as long as someone wants it.

"I'm like a bad smell, I keep lingering on."

Mr Connelly said the key to getting the act right was the glasses, wig, gladdies and voice.

"Hello possums, you have to get that right," he said.

"It's been fun, and Jacaranda is about fun.

"Dame Edna tries to capture the spirit of fun, that's always been the idea of the people I used to work with.

"Being the 80th Jacaranda festival I had to be involved."



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