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Saturday 10 October 2009

Wellington drag queen will confess at BATS

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News
By Daily News Staff - 4th October 2009

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Wellington drag queen will confess at BATS

The creator of a new show for BATS Theatre next month says audiences can look forward to a night full of "colour, style, laughs, maybe some tears and lots of glamour and fun."

Confessions of a Drag Queen will tell the story ofayoungBrazilian man who discovers his sexuality on Wellington's gay scene, living the nightlife and joining thedragworld. "It's my journey from childhood in steamy Brazil to the Land of the Long White Cloud," says Ricky Beirao AKA Miss Drag Wellington 2009 Rhubarb Rouge

"The idea for the show came to me in one of those crazy middle-of-the-night moments," Beirao tells "I started writing about the many funny situations I get into when I'm in drag. I love the way people react to me when I'm Rhubarb.

The show explores why people get into doing drag, and takes the audience through Beirao's drag experience from early childhood experiments.

"This is not just another drag show you'd see in a bar. It's a play, with big production numbers. There are ten people in our crew altogether. We've been rehearsing for two weeks - there's lots of singing, dancing and acting," he explains.

"Our show also aims to raise awareness of gay culture, with drag being an important part of it."

Confessions of a Drag Queen will run for an exclusive season at Wellington's BATS Theatre from 25 to 28 November. Check out the play's blog here.

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