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Come and be discombobulated
Panti Bliss is a drag queen, or to use the politically correct term a gender illusionist. But not just any drag queen - she is 'Queen of Ireland' (although the accent is fading somewhat) and an LGBT activist by accident. The show will explain that, but suffice to say, Panti already had the runs on the board as a high-profile performer and the controversy in which she found herself embroiled (now known as 'Pantigate') was a result of an appearance on Irish TV's Saturday Night Show, when she pronounced her views on those who believed that the gay community should have less privileges than their straight compatriots. The personages that she proclaimed as homophobic then claimed (and received) damages from the TV station, while Panti was castigated by some and lauded by many. The YouTube clip of her speech has been viewed nearly a million times and she has since become something of an icon in her world.
This is all explained (amusingly, but a trifle long-windedly) at the start of the show, but Panti then goes on to ramble in general about her life experiences, with graphic detail and incisive wit that resonated with the largely LGBT audience and was an informative session for the straights!
Panti Bliss is a striking performer, in looks (with a figure many women would kill for!) and in personality. She speaks at 90 miles an hour, but carries the 80 minute show with aplomb and had her audience laughing with her, not at her.
Her promos promised she would 'say the un-sayable' and she does - in some cases, too much information for the unwary. It's not a show for the children or those who have lived a sheltered life. But it is wickedly funny, enlightening and provocative, so go see her - if you dare.