When Tommy Jeffs OAM hung up his alter ego Tallulah’s sparkly gown in 2020, he was sure she had retired forever. Then Ronald McDonald House in Orange called on Tallulah to raise some funds for their vital service and Tommy could not say no.
So, the perpetually busy Canowindra legend will be taking his cabaret show to Forbes for Christmas in July in collaboration with Forbes Shire Council.
“I have had friends that have used Ronald McDonald House. They are getting more and more people over there and it is becoming harder to raise money to support the good work they are doing. It is much easier to raise a lot of money in one night, than to do a lot of little fundraisers.”
Tommy knows this well, after a career of fundraising over $1 million, which earned him an OAM last Australia Day.
Those who know Tommy, will not be surprised that Tallulah is back. As Canowindra’s mover and shaker, he is not one to remain idle. During lockdown last year, Talullah gained a cult following of half a million people around the world from posting short clips online.
When asked what people can expect of the show, Tommy said: “They will get value for money. A beautiful meal, a variety show and a good laugh — and that is all we need these days.”
It is hard to believe this will be Tallulah’s last performance, with the septuagenarian invigorated by another show.
“We have been rehearsing for the last month — which I really need! It is good exercise,” Tommy laughed. “It is my 70th this year. I want to prove age is not a barrier.”
The event will be held on 31st July at Forbes Town Hall with tickets available online at 123Tix for $110. Price includes canapes, dinner and dessert from Eat Your Greens and Tallulah’s cabaret show, as well as a $25 donation to Ronald McDonald House in Orange.
By Verity Middleton