Writer & Performer: Dolly Diamond
A much-loved act who is originally from the UK, DOLLY DIAMOND has called Australia home since 2009, proving herself to be one of the country's finest comedy cabaret talents. Dolly became an Australian citizen in 2014. Dolly Diamond has had great success hosting and performing in live cabaret and at major live events, media events, festivals and charity engagements around Australia. Combining superb comic skills and vocal talent, Dolly has the unique ability to keep her audiences on the edge of their seats, whilst always feeling safe in the hands of this consummate professional.
Over the last decade this talented artist has been invited to lend her face and name to raise public awareness around major Australian campaigns and in support of many causes. These include Blue September for the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Foundation (on television and for live events nationally), a role on online soap opera Being Brendo for the Victorian AIDS Council, hosting duties and appearances for the Water Polo League Pride Cup and the AFL supported Pride Cup both for Beyond Blue, hosting the Living Positive Victoria candlelight vigil in Melbourne’s Federation Square, hosting several events as part of AIDS 2014 - the 20th International AIDS Conference, and appearing at Melbourne’s Orlando Memorial Candlelight Vigil. Dolly is also proud to have hosted and appeared at several Marriage Equality Rallies in Adelaide and Melbourne, and she has hosted several fundraisers and rallies in support of The Australian Greens.
Dolly presented and produced two highly respected television programs on C31 TV (Digital 44), THE LATE SHOW WITH DOLLY DIAMOND – a variety and late night talk show format; and TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET, which saw her interview an impressive array of her entertainment industry friends including Kate Ceberano, Marina Prior, Eddie Perfect, Caroline O’Connor, Jinkx Monsoon, Vika and Linda Bull, Denise Scott, Rhonda Burchmore, Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Ella Hooper, Rocky Horror’s Richard O’Brien, Renee Geyer, Virginia Gay and Julia Zemiro.
Dolly has a strong relationship with many LGBTI organisations around Australia including JOY94.9 (Australia’s first LGBTI radio station), Daylesford’s ChillOut Festival, Coffs Harbour’s Coast Out Festival, TasPride, Cairns Pride, Adelaide’s FEAST Festival and a long-running relationship with Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival, where she was honoured with a Life Membership in 2014. Dolly was awarded Artist of the Year at the inaugural GLOBE Community Awards in 2014 in Melbourne. She has also worked with a range of other Victorian LGBTI community organisations over the last decade, including the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus, Melbourne Rainbow Band and Pride March Victoria.
Dolly was appointed Artistic Director of the 2017 Melbourne Cabaret Festival and has had numerous cabaret seasons around the nation as part of Fringeworld Perth, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Ballarat Cabaret Festival, FEAST Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and has performed seasons in Adelaide, Brisbane and at the Seymour Centre in Sydney.
In 2016, Dolly was proud to tour regional Victoria with Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Rowena Allen and LGBTI advocate Daniel Witthaus for the Rural Regional Roadshow to address homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and intersexphobia.