Actor Alan Cumming
Actor Alan Cumming

Award-winning actor Alan Cumming heads to town

HE'S A multi-award-winning actor, Broadway star, best-selling author, human rights activist and resides in glamorous New York.

But Alan Cumming won't be ringing in the new year with the famous glittery ball at Times Square - he'll be right here in Lismore, partying at next week's Tropical Fruits Festival.

Speaking between rehearsals in Brisbane, the Scottish comedian and same-sex marriage advocate said he would be taking time out between shows on his Australian tour - Alan Cumming: Sings Sappy Songs - to enjoy the revelry that is Tropical Fruits.

"I've heard tales of the wonders of Tropical Fruits so I jumped at the chance," he said.

Not only will Cumming be attending the full suite of Tropical Fruits events, but he'll also be launching them with Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell on New Year's Eve.

When asked whether he had any concerns about being able to keep up with the well-practised party goers of Tropical Fruits, Cumming assured us he already had a costume and was still a "bit of a partier".

"I'm there for the whole nine yards," he said.

"I turned 50 this year but I'm still waiting for my body to catch up with my age."

Direct from a sold-out residency at the legendary Carlyle Hotel in New York, Lismore is Cumming's only regional stop on the Australian tour of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

His two shows are being hosted by Norpa at Lismore City Hall next week.

Cumming described them as "true cabaret" that allowed him to connect with audiences in a very authentic way.

"It's a small band, me singing the songs, telling stories, and all the songs are quite sappy," he said.

"These are all songs that really get you in the gut in terms of what they're about and the emotion behind them.

"I write a lot of personal stories but also it's a very funny act with lots of gags and I really like that sort of smorgasbord effect."

Cumming said he enjoyed coming to Australia, which shares a similar sense of humour to his native Scotland.

"I definitely connect in a humour way better with Australian people (than American)," he said.

"One thing I really miss about not living in Scotland is the sense of humour and the understanding that you can say some very terribly biting dark things and everyone will understand you're doing it as a joke."

Cumming said he would be joined by his husband Grant Shaffer at Tropical Fruits and for their ninth wedding anniversary on January 7.

Tickets

Alan Cumming: Sings Sappy Songs is on December 29 and 30 from 8pm. Tickets are still available for $66 and bookings can be made by phoning 1300 066 772 or visiting www.norpa.org.au

For tickets and more information about the Tropical Fruits Festival go to www.tropicalfruits.org.au



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