Puppeteers put privates on parade!
Puppetry of the Penis, the ancient art of genital origami, comes to Port Talbot next week. MARK REES spoke with puppeteer Fitchy.
"IT'S a comedy show... about two guys being silly with their willies!" jokes Fitchy, one half of the Puppetry of the Penis duo, when attempting to describe his somewhat unusual performance.
"It's two little boys playing with their toys on stage," he continues of the non-sexual show which, quite literally, sees two men using their penises as puppets with which they hope to amuse and entertain.
"When people relax and get over the initial fact that we're two naked guys on stage, they start to have fun. Well, we're not totally naked — that would just be weird. We keep our shoes and socks on!" he laughs. The show initially began life in Australia as an art calendar of "dick tricks" by founder Simon Morley back in 1997, before their debut performance the following year where they won the Outright Best Show award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Fitchy has been on-board since 2003, and has recently returned to the UK following a successful European tour.
"We love coming to Wales," he says.
"We always get a great reception there. The ladies know how to have a good time!"
In fact, the ladies have such a good time that they're allowed to join in — although there is one golden rule.
"Ladies can join us — but they can't touch my genitals," he says.
And it isn't limited to women, with Fitchy, who is keen to see more men at the shows, explaining that they can also join in. "British men seem more reserved than the Europeans," he says.
"We get a guy onstage with us at each show. We give them time to have some Dutch courage — a quick stiffner, as it were — and then we show them the Hamburger," he says of a delicate trick probably best left to the imagination.