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HE trained as a classical singer but these days is better known as the hilarious stage character Madame Galina. Meet actor Iestyn Edwards and his alter ego, the Russian ballerina, in 'her' new show, My Tutu's Gone AWOL, at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. The show is in the LBT's Cellar space on Saturday, February 22 at 8pm. It's a return visit for Iestyn, who has been a regular performer at the theatre for a number of seasons. Iestyn trained as a classical singer at Southwark Cathedral and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He invented Madame Galina whilst studying and has continued to stage shows featuring the character for 30 years. Madame Galina has been described as part panto dame, part clown, part stand-up. Expect extraordinary dancing, an acid tongue and more than a touch of mayhem and madness. For My Tutu's Gone AWOL, Iestyn has written an account of his tour of outlying military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, which he did in the guise of Russian prima ballerina Madame Galina. Find out how Iestyn dodged rockets and some serious square bashing, why a Royal Marines Commando ordered him to sit on the naughty tank and how he won a coveted 'Hoofing' award in Camp Bastion. Iestyn was asked to tour in Iraq and Afghanistan after joining Combined Service Entertainment. Tickets are PS11 and concessions PS9. They are available from the box office on 01484 430528 or online at
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Title Annotation:Features; Front Page
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 7, 2014
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