Scene from the Sofa – Five minutes with… Kara Van Park

Graham Robson May 4, 2020

Bringing glitz and glamour to many of the country’s finest LGBTQ+ hotspots, Kara Van Park is an all round entertainer who’s all about the bass. Here, she pitches up with Graham Robson to talk top tips to see us through, what she’s been up while in lockdown and plans for the future…

Hey Kara, how’s it going?

I have been keeping myself as busy as I can… As you may know, we have a shop in the North Laine, and we have been working on getting the website and online shop up and running… I have done a few online shows because I kept being asked and have to say I really enjoy them, it’s not the same as being with the audience in person but it’s still a lot of fun and lovely to see people watching who would normally come to the live shows.

What’s the response been like? 

The response for the live shows has actually been very good, I have been pleasantly surprised and everyone seems to have a good time

How does it compare to performing in person? 

The main difference is obviously not having the audience there and getting a reaction from them. It’s hard to have some banter with yourself and even with the online audience, and that has been strange.

The drag queens have been busy online… 

A lot of my drag sisters are doing online shows too and one thing that seems to be a general feeling is that everyone watching are living them, it’s like the community is all coming together and supporting each other, lifting spirits and helping us all get through this, it really is amazing!

Any tips to keep us occupied during lockdown?

Just keep as busy as you can… do those things you have been putting off doing for so long, and remember food is not a a cure for boredom, something tells me the gyms will be packed with people trying to get off that extra quarantine body mass, including myself haha!

Plans for the future?

I want to get back to work as soon as I can. I am working on new songs for my return and can’t wait… I have learnt a lot about myself during the lockdown and also the people I hold very dear. I think a lot of us have taken so much for granted for so long and I will enter this new phase with a new mind and open heart.

What do you miss the most?

I miss my friends and being able to give them a hug! I am a real people person and crave their contact. I also miss my working environment and seeing people I know having a good time… And of course a bloody good knees up with lots of vodka and wine!

Words of wisdom to get us through…

Don’t be afraid to reach out to people… We are all going through this shit together, it’s not just one or two people, it’s all of us and it’s not forever… We will get through this!