Best of Midsumma 2017: Rhonda Butchmore’s Fabulous Cou-Tours of Arts Centre Melbourne
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Best of Midsumma 2017: Rhonda Butchmore’s Fabulous Cou-Tours of Arts Centre Melbourne

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Tell us about your show. I play a character called Rhonda Butchmore – an homage to stage legend Rhonda Burchmore – and in this show I am giving the audience backstage tours of Arts Centre Melbourne as Rhonda with my comedy partner Kyle Minall. Whilst you get to see real backstage locations and learn real facts about the building, Rhonda also throws in a few of her own stories for a giggle.

Where did the inspiration for your show come from? I once went on a guided tour of Buckingham Palace and whilst the location was amazing and the facts were all interesting, the guy who was hosting it was as about as interesting as a pair of wet socks. I started thinking about how you could make a show out of a tour like that, and make it actually entertaining and interesting at the same time. 

What ‘s unique about Melbourne’s queer scene? We have such a diverse range of LGBTI artists – from Kirsty Webeck to Karen from Finance and everything in between. We are very lucky to have so much available to us not just during Midsumma, but all throughout the year.  I think this is due to the support you get from fellow artists in Melbourne – other performers are genuinely happy for you when you do well, which is a rare and wonderful thing.