If you’re in London and you’re looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day related, but still cool, then one option on the table is Dirty Di’s Tunnel of Love.
I caught up with Fagulous – the queer cabaret scene-stealer who is bringing Dirty Di to the stage.
Why is Lady Di the right person to be fronting a Valentine’s Day love-fest?.
The whole iconography around Princess Diana is so camp – the fashion, the drama, the ‘People’s Princess’ – it’s all so over the top. She’s so regularly portrayed as the Queen of Hearts – the tragic fallen angel who only wanted to reach out and heal people – she’s the perfect cupid to match the gays of east London. Dirty Di’s Tunnel of Love is playing off this innocent image, but with all the innuendo intended.
How does the show work – will there be actual match-making?
It’s part cabaret, part matchmaking madness. I’ll be hosting the whole evening as Princess Diana – doing a few numbers and general stand-up – but then, I’ve got a few matchmaking games up my sleeve for everyone to play.
Dating apps can be so difficult to navigate in the queer community, so I’m aiming to encourage people to stop swiping for one night and approach people the old-fashioned way – in a safe, comfortable, environment.
Why is Valentine’s Day something we should be celebrating?
We’re not necessarily celebrating Valentine’s Day, more having a laugh at how silly it all is.
Valentine’s Day is such commercialised hype – I don’t actually know that many people that really celebrate it. Valentine’s Day is for couples who have ‘live, laugh, love’ wall prints, and spend their money on things like Yankee Candles – it’s the wrong kind of naff.
Dirty Di’s Tunnel of Love is all about having fun – for singletons, couples, and everything in between!
What have been some of your best Valentine’s Day experiences?
When I was first living in London, I went to a Valentine’s club night hosted by Holestar at the Black Cap in Camden. It was such a good night – proper camp pop music, and I might have even shared a peck on the lips with a Valentine’s hottie.
That’s the sort of vibe I’m aiming for on the 14th. The Glory is the natural place to find a cutie!
Ever had any Valentine’s Day disasters?
No disasters spring to mind, but before I met my partner I had experienced quite a few bonkers dates. A guy once took me on a date to a John Lewis café, and another had a day job where he dressed as a Moomin for the shop in Covent Garden. There was also the guy who dated me for free accommodation during London Fashion Week. Oh to be young and gay.
If someone was wanting to do something a bit romantic for their lover on Valentine’s Day, what advice or guidance would you give them?
Screw that meal for two at Carluccio’s and buy yourself a ticket to Dirty Di’s Tunnel of Love! I promise you, it’ll be the campest Valentine’s Day you could imagine!