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Hasta Luego Espana and hello Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Sat 24 Sep 2005 In: Performance

Buffy and Bimbo The Fabulous Makeover Girls are about to hang up their stilettos and castanets as their six month professional season in Spain is about to come to an end. So what's next for these two kiwi girls? Over the past six months Buffy and Bimbo have travelled the length and breadth of the Costa Blanca appearing on English Television, numerous radio interviews, gigs in English and Spanish pubs including their own venue in Javea, hen-nights and a few side trips to the Saracens Pub in Aylesbury, England which has become their second home venue whilst in Europe. The girls started their season back in March with a corporate gig in the mountains of Calpe on the Costa Blanca and from there they moved to their own venue in Javea. This wasn't ideal as the owners had no experience with running a pub let alone working with Drag Artistes. The girls moved on from here and freelanced themselves which was to become very successful and lucrative. “There has been some really down times but also some amazing experiences including the gig at The George and Dragon Pub in Puerto Mazarron when Queen Aotearoa from New Zealand joined us as a special guest,” says Bimbo. “Performing has always been hot work but at times it was hotter than hell. There were some days when the temperature rose to 42C, not good for a big girl like me,” says Buffy. They leave Spain late September to return to New Zealand for two months, as their alter egos are involved in the NZAF Fundraiser Queen of the Whole Universe. “We have a few gigs while we are at home, which is just as well as we need to keep Jonathan and Kevin fed with bread and water. They haven't worked for 9 months!” says Buffy with a slight frown. They will be back in England in December of this year and all of 2006 with many bookings already confirmed, including numerous appearances at the Saracens Pub in Aylesbury, the Salisbury Arts Festival and what will no doubt be the highlight of their career – the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. “We are so excited and somewhat nervous to be part of the Fringe Festival,” says Bimbo, “but this is an opportunity we can't say no to.” The girls were delighted to have their application accepted for Edinburgh and are presently working on a new show which will be a tongue-in-cheek look at their experiences with the English whilst in Spain, a poi dance to remind them of their New Zealand roots, and the odd flamingo dance for nostalgia. Chris Banks - 24th September 2005    

Credit: Chris Banks

First published: Saturday, 24th September 2005 - 12:00pm

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