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Denis Lock, tell me three things the world doesn’t already know about you?

Three things the world does not already know about me: 1. Even though I am part of the duo The English Gents, I am not English, but Australian. 2. I was lucky to finish high school. 3. I used to be, and still am, a street performer.

Why bubbles? Can a man really impress someone with a bit of soap and water?

I started with bubbles initially to connect with my little girl. I was away on tour for months at a time, so I guess I channelled that feeling of missing her intensely into developing tricks that she would like and hopefully remember me by. Along the way I developed an obsession and passion for bubbles myself, and it turned into an act.

What does your mum think of your act? How would she describe it?

What does my mum think about it?…  Hang on, let me ask her, considering I am staying at her place at the moment (please don’t measure my success by the fact I am 36 and staying with my parents). She said it is ‘pretty good’… Thanks a lot, Mum.

How did you find yourself as a performer – what’s your background?

Well, as I said I was lucky to finish high school. Not a whole lot was going for me, so out of desperation I used my gymnastics skills to begin as a street performer with another acrobat/mate. Never looked back.

Who are The English Gents?

The English Gents is a hand-to-hand acrobatic duo that have been around since 2005. We started off as street performers, and then joined the circus troupe La Soiree, or La Clique as it was known back then. We have toured with the show that became our family ever since.

What are your performance highlights?

Performing for the English Royal family at St James Palace was an experience. Prince Charles had these stubby little hands, but a handshake like a vice. We also performed at Sir Ian McKellan’s 70th birthday party at his house. We were a surprise, so we had to stay out of his sight. We were ushered down into his bedroom to get changed into our costumes, where I saw behind his door Gandalf’s sword he used in Lord of the Rings. The next thing I found myself in my underwear swinging the sword jumping up and down on his bed excitedly. I hope he does not read The Echo.

What should we expect from you at the next Cheeky Cabaret?

I hope to show you a side of bubbles that you have never seen before, and to rekindle that lost feeling of mesmerism you had of them as a child.

Cheeky Cabaret at the Brunswick Picture House on Friday and Saturday night at 7pm. Tickets from brunswickpicturehouse.com

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