“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?” “Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.” 

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy





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Beau Heartbreaker - a Dinky-di Sweetheart

Amanda Collins

And my cousin Craig was as camp as a row of tents, and I was as thick as a brick so as I could help him bang his tent pegs in.
— Beau Heartbreaker

So sings Beau Heartbreaker on his eponymous album. If you haven't yet seen Beau live, you are missing out. Selina Jenkins is a brilliant singer-songwriter, and her alter ego Beau is simply one out of the box.

Beau is a simple country boy, singing and riffing on life in a beard, travel, and the dangers of knowing too much. His gentle demeanour lets Selina get away with plenty. As a dairy farmer, Beau has a particular take on the world, and his charm quickly has the audience on side. Selina is no slouch on the guitar, and has written songs that speak straight to the heart.

I was struck by Beau's physical resemblance to fellow MICF performer, Josh Earl, and privately mused as to whether they might be somehow related, one with more facial hair than the other?

A beaut pic borrowed from Beau's Facebook page - hope you don't mind, Beau...

A beaut pic borrowed from Beau's Facebook page - hope you don't mind, Beau...

Die-hard fans arrive in Beau's signature flannelette, but plenty more turn up in civvies, and he's such a gentleman, he greets them all with his laconic enthusiasm.

Beau is performing "for about two hundred bloody shows"* at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015, and deserves to win even more awards than he has already. Selina's turn as Beau has won the 'Most Outstanding New Work' and 'Tour Ready' awards in the 2013 Short and Sweet Cabaret Festival, and has garnered five stars during a recent US tour.

Bookings would be advisable, with Beau's Facebook following building daily, his shows will certainly sell out. If you're a Facebooker, check him out, as his vlogs, Beau's Bits are sweet and funny. And once you've seen him, you'll even be reading his FB posts in. his. voice.

Beau Heartbreaker. I may be a little bit in love.

* it may be more like thirty shows, but I wouldn't want to to disabuse the darling man - Beau is at the Backstage Room at the Melbourne Town Hall, Tuesday to Saturday 7pm, and Sundays at 6pm.