But what about the man behind the tutu?
Iestyn Edwards' experienced the lure of the crowds at a very
young age, touring with his Country and Western singer father
"I think that being regularly on variety bills with a
troupe of all-singing, all-dancing animal puppets featuring
an emu that sang Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better, while
a giraffe behind it took its knickers off, goes far to explain
my career to date, " he explained.
He then had formal classical singing training at the Guildhall
in London where his professor was Joan Blezard, wife of William,
who used to collaborate with the great comedy actress Joyce
"Joan was ever on at me to go into comedy, " said
"Selling programmes at Covent Garden, I saw Swan Lake
and was hooked into the theatre of it - music, dance and the
"I realised that some of the head banging and hand waving
stuff must be a language, so I learned ballet mime just for
the hell of it from an ex-ballerina there.
"I did a party performance and a tutu-maker at Covent
Garden was such a fan he made me a Swan Queen costume!"
The creation of Galina
created the character of Galina at a party and was spotted
by entrepreneur Emily Latham who arranged an audition for
trendy night spot Club Kabaret.
"They booked me and within a week I was on-stage there
in front of Madonna, Jude Law, Kate Moss, Les Ferdinand and
was also spotted by the organiser of Busker of the Year who
gave him a wildcard entry into the finals. He won, and went
then, hes danced in theatres up and down the country
and abroad, had raves in the national press and appeared on
involvement with Channel 4s Rough Guide to Choreography
has led to them doing a separate series Madame Galinas
Whirlwind Guide to Ballet which comes to Channel 4 in July.
will also be seen on Ruby Waxs series on the BBC in
the autumn. She apparently adores him!
can catch him at the Tobacco Factory from Friday 9th - Saturday