Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Who is Elizabeth Burton?
I believe I was put on Earth to remind people to love themselves. I am a Buddhist Stripper and 73 years young, my practice has taken me all around the world. A tour during the Vietnam War, resident Les Girl, company member alongside Michael Matou in The Sideshow Theatre Company, and defiant, vibrant, Mother – I continue to work as a teacher, mentor, performer and hairdresser to the homeless. Some know me as the ‘Ol’ Tart of Surry Hills.’ My life has been full of wonderful people and experiences. I am a very fortunate woman.
What made you want to tell your story, Elizabeth? And what drew you to Betty Grumble and Aaron Manhattan as collaborators?
I have been wanting to write a book since the 70s and I engage in storytelling as a way to do performance. I met Betty and Aaron at gigs and we hit it off. They remind me of my friends from the 70s and 80s and the two of them regularly come around to my place for a meal or a joint or both. The idea of doing a show came out of these dinners. We really want to reflect the special conversations we have together as friends onstage. It’s going to be very fun and very tender to dance and play with the two of them.