Thomas Mills High SchoolA State Funded Academy

LGBTQ History Month



My Tutu Went AWOL –

The Vaudeville Book Show


 We are very excited to welcome Vaudeville Performer and Author Iestyn Edwards to Thomas Mills High School for a special assembly with our Year 12 and 13 students. Iestyn Edwards is a Guildhall trained opera singer, international variety headliner, after dinner speaker and the author of My Tutu Went AWOL.  He was twice runner up in the London Cabaret Awards, and after winning ‘Busker of the Year’ appeared in the Olivier Award Winning C’est Barbican.

Singing and dancing as we go, he tells how being overheard singing in a converted Suffolk police lockup led from a royal concert on H.M.S. Victory to a misguided tour dancing Sugar Plum around the warzones of Iraq and Afghanistan.  MoD reports described it as an honourable exchange when a fuming Royal Marines Commando hoicked Iestyn offstage by his tutu under-wiring to stuff him in a tank’s hull.


Just as the insurgents started shelling.


Stacks and Iestyn tamped down their respective excesses to form a lasting friendship.  The MoD again, ‘Perhaps creating a bit of merry hell on base between the pair of them, but certainly raising a lot of squaddie morale.’ 


As heard on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live, Woman’s Hour, Loose Ends and Midweek.


‘Only the divinely unique Iestyn Edwards could be in a tutu in war-zones and write about it so perfectly.  Fascinating, moving and completely hilarious.’  Miranda Hart


‘A rare and perfect synthesis of art and larkiness.’  The Times


‘Achingly funny.’  Daily Mail


'I LOVE it. Bright, direct, unique...surprisingly tender...the travel writing so well achieved...and bloody funny!  His talk about it is not to be missed, either.’  Rosie Thomas, internationally best-selling author of The Kashmir Shawl.


‘Extremely funny - and fascinating. An enchanting and unlikely mixture of showbiz memoir, war reportage and bromantic comedy.’  ***** Piers Torday


‘An hour and twenty-four minutes of corporate sponsor crowd ‘requests’ – has to be some sort of record?’  

                                                                                                     Cheltenham Festival


‘Thank you for being so fab and bringing your brilliant talk here.’  Cambridge Literary Festival


 ‘Our eyes and ears in those warzones.  Spreads a bow wave of happiness and silliness.  A unique and fabulous diva with the voice of an angel.’  Joanna Lumley.


 ‘I couldn't believe my eyes - roared with laughter, spellbound by the skills and artistry.  A tremendous performer!’

                                                                                                                Jim MacSweeney Gay’s the Word


 ‘The most informative, most brilliant event in the Off the Shelf festival!’ Professor Vanessa Toulmin,

                                                                                                                Sheffield Head of Engagement.


 ‘A stone-cold highlight of Wilderness and then Sunday Papers Live. LOVE LOVE LOVE Iestyn.’ 

                                                              Ben de Vere, programmer of Wilderness and Sunday Papers Live


  ‘It doesn’t come any better than this.’  Ruby Wax


  ‘Following on from the triumphant response to his talk at Olympia, we had to have him in the shop to talk, dance and sing…incredibly!’  Stanford’s Travel Bookshop.