Bernie Dieters Little Death Club

Fringefeed | 09 Feb 2020

5 Minutes With Bernie Dieter’s Little Death Club

Bernie Dieter and her degenerate family of misfits have returned to FRINGE WORLD for another round of delicious debauchery in the hugely popular Bernie Dieter’s Little Death Club.

We spent some time recently with cast members Art Simone (fabulous drag queen), Michael Standen (aerial marvel), Bernie Dieter (Kabarett sensation and MC), Jacqueline Furey (fire breathing vixen) and Fancy Chance (hair hanging dynamo) for a chat between all the fire-breathing, sword swallowing and contorting for a bit of an insight into some of the most fascinating characters at Fringe.

Art Simone

What’s your favourite cocktail?

My favourite cocktail consists of pouring the remnants of the previous nights alcohol bottles into a used Vegemite jar, giving it a shake and hoping for the best.

Who is your dream dinner date guest?

I’d love to have dinner with myself from the future, so I can see how much plastic surgery I’ve had, and be sure to get even more.

What’s the strangest place you’ve toured to?

I was at an Autumn fate in Regional Victoria, dressed as a harijuku Alice in Wonderland, sitting on a Childs train riding through the Main Street at midday. I’ve honestly never felt more glamorous!

Michael Standen

What’s your favourite cocktail?

Long Island iced tea or an old fashioned depending on which of my favourite bar tenders are making it.

Who is your dream dinner date guest?

Dame Judy Dench would be my dream guest because she has a very mischievous and naughty side to her. She’s seen it all and done it all so it would be nice to have her over and hear the stories over a nice cheeseboard and some port.

Bernie Dieter

What’s your favourite show of FRINGE WORLD so far?

The first sweaty sold out Saturday night in the Spiegeltent where people started dancing in the aisles.

What’s the strangest place you’ve toured to?

When I first moved to London I performed in a tiny converted toilet in Aldwych called Cellar Door. Rumour had it Oscar Wilde used to frequent it back in the day…

What was your most bizarre onstage moment? 

I was performing in Denmark in a little town where no one spoke much English. I got a lovely, conservative looking gentlemen on stage (probably in his 70’s) with me to do an improvised, silly dance and when I asked him what he was doing after the show he pointed at the three silver haired ladies he was with and replied “we go into my sexy dungeon”.

Jacqueline Furey

What’s the best holiday you’ve had? 

It was a two week trek around Vietnam. It was also a fourth date. Highlights included bioluminescent plankton and watching some guy blow dry a large eagle in the middle of a busy city street.

What’s the strangest place you’ve toured to?

I once did a gig at Nockatunga Station (a cattle property in remote Queensland that is about the size of Puerto Rico) for the Channel Country Ladies Day. It was all glamour and red dirt.

What was your most bizarre onstage moment? 

That time a drunk guy did a forward roll onto the stage during my act and started taking his clothes off. It was executed so seamlessly that the venue security thought it was part of the show.

Fancy Chance

What’s the weirdest item of clothing you own?

I have a massive vagina … costume that I made and I wear it like a robe.

What’s your favourite way to wind down post show/season?

Drinking and crying while swiping left

What was your most bizarre onstage moment?

Naked, wondering if I was going to get an STI from the motorbike I was on that was suspended by the ceiling whist I played a garden instrument with a bow and looking down at my colleague getting her back pierced in preparation for a flesh hook suspension.