October 26th, 2014

DRAG QUEEN MR PUSSY

ShowbizBy Amanda Brunker
OUR GIRL GETS LIPPY WITH THE QUEEN OF DRAG

FRESH from the plastic surgeon's chair, Mr Pussy is back with some new frocks, a new venue and positively purring about her new Christmas show.

Billed as Ireland's most misleading lady, I spent a cosy afternoon with the legendary drag-queen otherwise known as Alan Amsby.

We had lunch, sipped Champagne and discussed supermodel's pants, among other things, while relaxing in a luxurious suite at the Plaza Hotel on Findlater Place.

Quite literally the original of the species, in Ireland anyway, the vampy Mr Pussy gave birth to drag in this country, spawning many of today's great nightclub queens - including Miss Panti,Veda and Shirley Temple Bar - and is now called 'the drag mother' within the business

FIRST: Mr Pussy back in the days...
I hate to use the term 'hey-day', but back in the 1990s Alan's star was probably shining its brightest, as he regularly enjoyed hanging out with A-Listers at his own restaurant/club on Suffolk St, simply titled Mr Pussy's.

Every Hollywood star from Mel Gibson to Sean Connery came to watch Alan's Gay Bingo.

The Rolling Stones, Sinead O'Connor, REM, you name it, if they were big in the charts they were seen eating Pussy Pies and sipping a Pint of Pussy - that was just milk in a bottle by the way!

Knickers

Part owned by Bono and his brother Norman Hewson, it was a regular hangout for all the Lipton Village gang, which included Bono's best mates, Gavin Friday, Guggi and Simon Carmody.

And on certain evenings the odd supermodel like Christy Turlington, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell popped in.

VAMPING IT UP: Mr Pussy performs
I remember sneaking in a few times for a late drink, normally served in a teapot, and I remember the ultra-kitsch pinkness, the various willies stuck about the place and oddly enough Naomi Campbell's knickers hanging on the wall.

"Yes, Naomi was very kind to give me her pants. They were a satin pair and she signed them 'from one pussy to another'! God knows where they are now, probably in one of U2's big warehouses gathering dust."

Although many of Alan's great mates such as Danny la Rue have been "going and dying on him" recently, he tells me he will be spending this Christmas Day with his very much alive and kicking pal Paul O'Grady.

"He's the biggest thing on telly in Britain at the moment after replacing Parkinson. He's doing great."

"We've had so much fun together down through the years. We had a great few days once rambling around Kilmainham Jail dressed up as two murdering drag queens for the film In The Name of The Father."

Vintage

"I was Stella Crip and he was Rita Hindley. Sadly our scenes got cut but we got to see places in that jail that very few people would dare to see."

"I'll be spending Christmas with him this year. I'll bloody need the break after all the shows here at the Plaza. I'm performing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday till the end of December. Not bad for an old bird, eh?"

Before I got a chance to ask Alan about some of his vintage shows, such as his first adult show Cinderfella back in the '70s, he cuts me off to ask: "What do you think about my new lips? Aren't they gorgeous?"

It turns out only the day before Alan had collagen injected into his lips by Patrick Tracey, whom he says has also treated "both Madonna and Michael Jackson".

Despite any suspicions I may have about Mr Pussy's actual age, I am told in no uncertain terms: "My age is a stage secret."

However, he did admit to having "five decades of photographs" adorning the walls of the infamous theatrical restaurant The Trocadero and gushed "I'm the only person to have five pictures up - a fresh one every decade"!

After having a mini rant about the licencing laws in this country, he says the availability of cheap alcohol in every corner shop is "killing the entertainment industry because no one bothers to go out until they get drunk at home anymore".

Alan returns to gushing about his own show, which I'm told Paul O'Grady and some of Alan's other famous friends will be turning up to
see soon.

"It's the best value in town. There's loads of singing, laughs, plenty of audience participation and even a DJ and dancing after."

Love

"Make sure to send all the Sunday World readers down. I was the first show to advertise with the Sunday World. I read it every week. I love it."

Tickets for Mr Pussy's supper cabaret show at The Cabaret Room @ Best Western, Academy Plaza Hotel can be purchased for €30 on 01-8174108 or by logging on to [email protected]