Interview: Dame Edna

By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 8, 2009

What are the themes of this show?
The human condition, of course. I'm very interested in how people live and where they live, what they cook, what they ate today, their regimes, their fears, their way of bringing up children, their attitude toward old age, their favorite music. I'm awestruck by the range of my show. I don't think of it as a show, by the way. I think of it as a conversation between two people, where one of them is a lot more interesting than the other. People always say their show is "a meditation" on something. So this is a bit of a meditation on gender and sexuality and death. I'm here to bring a bit of laughter that I think you need, some kind of vitamin that is missing from your emotional diet.

Your daughter is with you this time.
My daughter, she is on stage with me, but it's only at the insistence of her therapist. Valmai is a problem, really. She is dysfunctional, she's given me a lot of trouble, and she's doing what is called community service. So I get her to clean the stage, but she intrudes on the show. I have no control over her. And I'm afraid she even sings an item! The audience is very sweet, and they pretend to enjoy it. I've discussed this at meetings of Megastars Anonymous, and they tell me I'm enabling her. That's the latest buzzword. I'm enabling this girl just by being a loving mother.

Your hair is still colored lilac?
It's my natural color. I did dye it for years, but now I'm letting my own color grow out. I'm very proud of it because I'm in the Guinness book of records, the only woman on the planet with a purple bikini line.

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