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Sunday 19 August 2018

Anna Nolan: Twink has shocked me with her nastiness but seeing her on stage was a revelation

There are some people who demand attention. They want it so badly they are willing to let you see their golden side, and their dark, nasty side.

They will subscribe to the old adage -- any publicity is good publicity.

Over the past few years, Adele King, aka Twink, aka the woman who made "that phone call", has done some things that would make you kick her out of your life for good.

"That phone call" was a tirade of abuse against her ex-husband's partner and their child. It mysteriously made its way to the internet and became a huge sensation.

DIGNITY

I played it again recently, and it still shocks me. I know we have all made phone calls and had private conversations that if made public would mean the end of any dignity we had. But the fact that Adele couldn't refer to an innocent child as anything more than a bastard, is very sad.

Then recently she was on the Brendan O'Connor show talking about, among other things, Linda Martin and the incident in which Linda overheard Twink say bad things about her. Thing is, if you overheard Twink saying good things about you, you know you're in trouble.

FIGHTER

And yet this woman is a trouper, a fighter and as much as she doesn't want to go away, many of us don't want her to go away either.

I was filming at the Gaiety last week for Operation Transformation. We shot one of the programme's leaders attending the show Grumpy Old Women. I was sitting at the back of the auditorium, and watched this incredible, feisty woman have the audience in the palm of her hand.

Adele King performed like it was her first year on stage. She stomped around, at one moment grabbing her whacha-may-call-it like Michael Jackson.

She brought the audience to tears, as her character reminisced about the children who have left the nest. And she, along with her fellow characters Flo McSweeney and Una Crawford O'Brien, sang a silly, cute song about cheap flights -- but the tone of her voice and the tight harmonies were very clever.

I met her backstage afterwards, and her enthusiasm for being on the stage blew me away. She was like a little puppy, chatting to me about the role, how she found it exhilarating. As I stood and watched her enthuse from top to toes, I was thrilled to be in the company of old school entertainment.

I am always drawn to Adele King. The word trouper comes to mind, but actually the word talent is much more appropriate.

And in the future, she might well bring another catastrophe or barney to the public. We will be shocked, disgusted and then throw our eyes to heaven and say -- "That's Twink".

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