The audiences are loving it! If the shows were good before, 10/10… they’re somewhere even higher now. Ricky’s is over the moon ! The staff are buzzing on a natural high from the sheer enthusiastic feedback of the audiences, tourists and locals. David has taken the absurd, the original, the camp and the team of Ricky’s, mashed it up and pulled out all their strengths to truly make this an outstanding night out!
Something new is afoot in Gran Canaria. Forget your idea of traditional British style Drag Bars in Playa del Ingles. 10 years on, Ricky’s Cabaret Bar are still innovating and pushing the boundaries!
David Dale has landed, and together with the show-stopping team at Ricky’s, you should be prepared to be blown away.
You’re confused ?? let us explain.
We all know and love Ricky’s Cabaret Bar. It is one of the longest running businesses in the Yumbo Centre, Playa del Ingles. Over the years, many names have been made there, and many famous names have visited there! It is one of the corner stones of the Yumbo Centre, along with several other fine businesses.
The shows have always been popular, filled with teeth and tits, true camp glamour. It’s a sure bet, for a good night out. So… how can it get even better?
Well, instead of just a fleeting visit by a ‘name’ from the UK, Ricky’s has landed one onto the actual island, performing nightly David Dale. Immediately new routines abounded, new sketches, new ideas, unseen characters etc. A whole new bag of drag has emerged and is flourishing!
David Dale, more or less started drag at the age of 16 and next year, will be his 40th anniversary. Initially David wanted to be an actor, but after blagging an audition for over 21s, David landed his first adult Drag role, and from then, he simply kept his career moving. Previously, he could be seen in Rob Mooney’s Bugsy Malone and Oliver films, as well as the Artful Dodger at the age of 13 in Londons West End. Because of his theatrical education, he is seen by many more as a performer than a drag artist. He was one of the Bafta nominated actors, followed in the 1984 tv show, the day by day account of a Drag Artist, lending his skills to songs that were actually specifically written for the show. Choosing not to go to drama school as a young adult, he preferred to work and develop his own ideas. In 1984, David won the Capital Gay Award for Entertainer of the year.
After his initial childhood successes, he joined up to a 2 year touring production of The Rocky Horror Show, of which his cast were the first to premiere the show in Israel, as well as touring most of Europe. There was also an 8 week stint in Eastenders, as a Social Worker by day, and a Drag Queen by night. Choosing to not be stereotyped, David rejoined a 2nd tour of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and afterwards created his own company, Group Therapy. Partnering up with such names as Lily Savage, the company was a huge success, across Europe and America, culminating in San Francisco. The company recreated 15 shows, based on pantomimes and musicals, where the men played all the characters. After this, David became the costume designer for Lily on TV’s Blankety Blank, before creating another touring company, called, Central Space. Again all male productions, but not necessarily drag. Some of this new work, was more serious than previous show, and ‘BENT’ in particular shone, winning accolades and awards.
Further projects in Miami and Musicals in the West End followed, with ‘Y’ at the Piccadilly and ‘Hot Stuff’ at the Cambridge theatre. More tours and more shows, kept David whirl winding around the world. Choosing to settle, David was appointed Theatre Director at the El Giva Theatre for 5 years, and as well as writing and producing a plethora of shows, he also brought in other companies and works to diversify this popular theatre. In 1991, he produced ‘Pink for a Boy’, winning the award for best production at the Edinburgh Festival, which led to a tour of the show.
Most recently, David moved to Jersey, and created a theatre restaurant, that ran for 5 years. The creative process continued, with new shows, events and programmes. But, never one to be in one spot too long, David prefers to move around and revisit past haunts, to help re-kindle businesses. In a way, a form of modern touring !
So how did David end up here in Gran Canaria ? well, Penny, co-owner of Ricky’s Cabaret Bar, has been a long time fan of David, and following on facebook etc. After seeing David’s advertisement for Warm Winter Work, Penny offered the idea of a winter season in Gran Canaria. Having never been to the island, David saw it as a new opportunity, and the proof of its success is now in the pudding. Of course the pudding is the shows, which have transformed from solo acts, dance routines and camp comedy, into all of that and more, cleverly and creatively stitched together into production style shows, with ensemble numbers, new costumes and modern ideas.
The Result ? The audiences are loving it! If the shows were good before, 10/10… they’re somewhere even higher now. Ricky’s is over the moon ! The staff are buzzing on a natural high from the sheer enthusiastic feedback of the audiences, tourists and locals. David has taken the absurd, the original, the camp and the team of Ricky’s, mashed it up and pulled out all their strengths to truly make this an outstanding night out! The staff describe him as inspirational. The tourists are simply loving the whole Ricky’s family experience. What more can a business ask for, already a great team of performers, waiters, bar staff etc, now riding high on being the fore-runner of the most modernized drag shows on the island.
Best get there early for a good seat ! Proper job done !