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His first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoeshop in Hull, in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio. He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchieves and the misery of human existence. He is an occasional DJ, dancer and workshop leader, using drawing, poetry and gesture. He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from what is now the University of Bedfordshire, and once performed in a women's prison in Columbia.
One of the pioneers of contemporary diabolo performance, Donald Grant has been thrilling audiences all over the world for the last fifteen years. From the Arctic Circle to Kenya, from Las Vegas to New Zealand, his dazzling speed and silky skills have both enthralled and amazed..
Trained at the world-famous Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal, his number has evolved over the years into a high tempo blend of manic manipulation with a healthy dash of Caledonian charm and wit.
Al Rudge mix’s magic, jokes and silliness to create an original and unforgettable show. His oddness has carried him around the world and back.