It was a decision we made after lots and lots of deliberation, we loved being at The Crown, the customers there felt more like family than friends or customers and the feeling seemed mutual, this was even more apparent after we announced our departure, so many messages asking us to stay or to re-consider but unfortunately we just couldn't go on any longer in the situation we were in, it was so tough to make the decision but when we had made it we knew it was the right thing to do.
Over our time at The Crown we have been working 7 days a week every week and have not had a night out ourselves since April when Whiplash celebrated a "special" birthday. This was something we had planned for and had accepted so make no complaints of it, our nights out were every weekend at The Crown, the best nights we have had because we didn't have hangovers the following day and got to see so many happy faces and form great relationships with our friends there. It was tiring but worth it however, not drawing a wage from the business and allowing our day work to subsidise our weekend work has taken it's toll.
Being a professional performer and entertainer we need to keep our act fresh and alive, this includes adding in new numbers and re-working older ones, this usually means more costumes, wigs and of course consumables such as make-up and tights, at £13 to £17 a pair you can imagine how annoying it is when you ladder a pair! For DJ'ing we also need to keep up with the latest music too so the cost of performing is constant even without incurring additional costs. We cant wear the same gown week on week and it's not cheap you know kitting out two hefty birds in glitz and glam, it's not a case of poppping to Primani for a £10 frock either, as Dolly Parton said, "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap!"
These are not all complaints, it's a job we love and a career we have chosen to pursue but they are considerations when you assess your future and even though your heart wants to do one thing it is still important to listen to your head which is telling you all the business reasons as to why you shouldn't, we tried listening to our hearts and ignoring the sensible head and managed to do that for a while but eventually the business head won through, and, even though we didn't really like the conclusion we came to we had to follow through.
As for the future then who knows what it holds for us. We have taken a few bookings between now and New Year but essentially we are stepping back and re-assessing what and where we want to do next. We would love to go back to working a residency as it is so nice making friendships and seeing your friends every week and performing for them every week too is what we love but, we are open minded and have planned to go back on the road with a fresh new show.
Hopefully we will see our friends in Southport again soon and maybe one day we will have the pleasure of entertaining them again but for now we're retreating to our Drag Queen Dressing Room and taking a well earned break!
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Love to you all,
Bobbie D & Whiplash