A STAR of the world-famous Moulin Rouge is set to return to her home town of Dundee for her first UK show.
From growing up in Thomson Street just off the Perth Road and training at the English National Ballet to becoming a lead performer at the world-renowned cabaret venue in Paris and working on shows around the world, Ginger O’Reilly has done it all — except perform in the UK.
Now, thanks to local businessman Sunny Mollah, Ginger — whose real name is Kelly — is coming home to Dundee for an exclusive show.
Speaking to the Tele from Athens, Greece, Ginger — a former pupil at St Joseph’s Primary School — said she couldn’t wait to touch down in the city.
She said: “I am hugely proud and excited, in equal measure, to be coming home and putting on performances in my place of birth.”
Sunny, who owns Sunny’s Bar and Kitchen in Wellbank, said he was inspired to stage the show by the city’s recent growth and development.
He added: “I knew that I wanted to do something special.
“The city has come so far and so many great things are happening — I want to be a part of that.
“We have had people like Olly Murrs and Little Mix performing but I wanted to do something completely new.
“The fact that Ginger comes from Dundee and has made it to the absolute top of her field sealed the deal for me — I knew I had to bring her here.
“When do you ever hear about someone being a lead performer somewhere as famous as the Moulin Rouge coming to Dundee?
“This is something to celebrate and she is going to put on an amazing show.
“I think people will kick themselves if they miss the chance to be a part of it.”
Ginger’s time at Moulin Rouge — immortalised in Baz Lurhmann’s Oscar-winning musical — was spent as a can-can soloist and also performing underwater acrobatics with pythons.
The star now owns a dance company in Athens and combines tours with her Parisian Cabaret show all over Europe.
Ginger also donates her time to the charity The No Project — an award-winning global educational campaign that specifically targets youth awareness of human trafficking.
Despite her globe-trotting lifestyle and all the other experiences that come with being a performance artist, Ginger said she had not forgotten her Dundee roots.
She said: “I’ve always wanted to thank Dundee City Council — if it was not for them I would not be where I am now.
“They donated a lot of money to my education at the Dance School of Scotland and then at the English National Ballet School.
“In Dundee, my mum did everything for me and that was tough on her as a single mum.
“She always believed in me and we did it — we made it as a team.”
Ginger O’Reilly’s Parisian Cabaret takes place at Sunny’s in Mattocks Road, Wellbank, on April 6 and 7.
As well as the solo cabaret show, guests will enjoy a four-course meal, live music from Buffalo Soldiers and a DJ set from the heart of London’s West End.
Tickets for the events are priced at £50 per person.
The evenings are limited to 80 covers each night, which organisers say will sell out quickly.
For tickets, bookings and reservations, call 07976 618042.