Tovey, now 77, but still handsome, fairly lithe and distinctively erect, lived in London for thirty years, appearing in ballets and musicals (he was in Oh! Calcutta! and The Boy Friend); he also owned a famous art deco gallery in Fulham.
Boy, what a journey he made, from squalor and deprivation to high camp and cocktails. Once, he was even raped by the future head of the Melbourne police force. His mum was a drunk, his father a cocaine addict.
No wonder he took up dancing and made a debut in Paint Your Wagon. When the presentational hiccups are sorted, this is worth seeing, if only to know that there’s always someone worse off than yourself.