THE MAN BEHIND THE LYCRA
Le Gateau Chocolat’s work extends beyond the world of drag performance – he has a busy career in the field of contemporary opera and performance.
Le Gateau Chocolat’s work as a solo artist began in 2011 when he debuted his first solo show in Adelaide Fringe which then went on to tour the world as part of different festivals; Edinburgh Fringe and a subsequent run at Menier Chocolate Factory London, Wroclaw in Poland, Christchurch, Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney Opera House.
Since then he has worked with an Olivier award winning circus (La Clique/La Soiree) and alongside contemporary composers – specifically Julian Philips (“Varjak Paw” ROH) Jonathan Dove (“Tobias and The Angel” Young Vic), Jocelyn Pook (“Ingerland” at ROH) and Orlando Gough a collaborator on “Black” (Imago, Glyndebourne.) He has sung at Wigmore Hall and with Basement Jaxx at The Barbican.
Three subsequent solo shows have been made since the first; I heart Chocolat; Royal Albert Hall, ‘In drag’; A Royal Festival hall commission for the Purcell Room, and most recently ‘Black’, a Homotopia Festival commission which has played Liverpool and London’s Soho Theatre.
Most recently, he joined the cast of Porgy and Bess at Regents Park Opera directed by Tim Sheader. He also sang as part of the flotilla for the Queen’s Jubilee, again working with composer Orlando Gough. Balladeer/Pastor Kimble, Threepenny Opera, National Theatre. The Bear/The Proposal, Young Vic. Feste in Emma Rice’s final visionary production of Twelfth Night at The Globe. Uncle/ The Duke Tom Waits’ The Black Rider for Malthouse and Victorian Opera, Melbourne. Effigies of Wickedness; Songs banned by the Nazis – for The Gate Theatre and English National Opera.
- Top 5 CABARET SHOWS The Scotsman 2013
- NOMINATED Best Cabaret Perth Fringe World 2013
- TOP 10 CABARET STARS Time Out London
- TOP PRODUCTION PICKS ArtsHub 2011
- NOMINATED Best Cabaret Performer Helpmann Awards 2011