Female impersonator Stan Munro writes story of a colourful life
STAN Munro's life story defies abbreviation.
After 60 years in the entertainment industry as a female impersonator and stand-up comic, the 77-year-old Kyogle resident could write a book about this life.
And he's doing just that with help from writer William Brougham.
The book opens with:
" 'Young Stan, The typical Dame, made a superb job of his part. He had natural stage-craft and held his audience from the very first appearance.'
"This was not an article about one of my numerous performances as a female impersonator in the famous Les Girls show in Sydney's Kings Cross or Melbourne's St Kilda but a review in my local paper the South Wales Argus in the United Kingdom, where I was born and bred.
"It could not have been further away from some of the more colourful and arguably seedier sides of some of Australia's capital cities.”
Munro doesn't hold back in the book, he said.
He dishes the dirt on the founder of the Les Girls, Danny La Rue, and is explicit about life as a homosexual man when it was considered illegal in the UK. He details the abuse he suffered as a child and the people he loved and misses to this day.
It is an expose of a life full of colour, hardship and flamboyance.
"I've done so much,” Munro said.
"I haven't held back. I go into dreadful detail.”
While Munro and Brougham are only halfway through writing the book, publishers are certain to rush to put Munro's story on the shelves.
Munro has lived in Kyogle for 10 years, initially coming to support a friend doing it tough on a property at Roseberry Creek.
"When I moved to Kyogle I went straight to the golf club,” Munro said at his home nestled into the rainforest on the edges of Fairymount.
"I'd like to do a show,” he told the committee.
"They were sitting there in their red ties and asked me what I do. 'I'm a female impersonator. I'll pack the place'.”
Munro seems to incite various reactions in town.
He has had hate letters while others love his humour and character.
Many, no doubt will be keen to read his story.
Chapter One ends with:
"You could be forgiven for thinking that school would provide a welcome escape from my turmoil at home but it was not to be. Far from it.”
Stan Munro performs at the Kyogle Golf Club on November 25 with Jessica Mills and Monique St John. Tickets: Gateway Real Estate, Kyogle.