I spoke with performer extraordinaire, Le Gateau Chocolat, about their new tour of Duckie, a modern adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Gateau is a wonderful person, as well as an imaginative and passionate creative. We talked about their inspiration behind the show, how it evolved with choreographer Mark Smith and new star, Paula Brett, and why disability inclusion is so important.
A bio from their website and description of the show, Duckie:
Le Gateau Chocolat is a one-man, larger-than-life musical phenomenon, wrapped in dazzling sequinned lycra. The six-and-half foot tall, six-inch heeled, wig-clad wonder swings wildly from one end of the musical spectrum to another, from disco, opera, musicals and pop.
Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling with a message of tolerance and self-acceptance at its core. Set in an animal circus, we join Duckie on an adventure of self-discovery, asking questions about the ‘happy ever after’ in a celebration of difference. Walking a little differently? Sounding a bit strange? Watch Duckie triumph by realising these are his strengths.