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Trouser-Wearing Characters

Trouser-Wearing Characters

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  • Fri 15 Feb ’13, 9:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Sat 16 Feb ’13, 9:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Sun 17 Feb ’13, 9:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Mon 18 Feb ’13, 9:00pm – 10:00pm


TAPAC , 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs



Ticket Information:

  • Adult (service & booking fees will be added): $20.00
  • Group 6+ (service & booking fees will be added): $18.00
  • Concession (service & booking fees will be added): $18.00
  • Fringe Artist Pass (service & booking fees will be added): $15.00



One woman, two banjoleles and four trouser-wearing characters...

The 2013 Auckland Fringe Festival and Tomboi Productions presents celebrated British biographer and performer Rose Collis as she unbuttons her critically-acclaimed Trouser-Wearing Characters show (Brighton Fringe Festival 2012).

This unique show mixes music, history and performance engaging us with Rose’s favourite cross-dressing, bygone characters. It skilfully combines stories, vignettes and songs about these eclectic, historical figures from '50s media star Nancy Spain (a trouser-wearing character) to masquerader ‘Colonel’ Victor Barker (a.k.a. Valerie L A Smith), cabaret legend Douglas Byng, to the ‘F***ing Lady’ herself, actress Coral Browne.

Collis has lived and worked in Brighton, Britain since 1975 and is an award winning writer, alternative historian and performer (theatre, musician, singer/songwriter). She is excited to bring her show down-under in what will be its Australasian premiere.

There are also ‘cameo’ appearances by the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward and Vincent Price while naturally Rose’s veteran banjoleles ‘Alvin’ and ‘Bud’ musically accompany her in this fascinating one-woman theatre show.

Books by Rose Collis include: A Trouser-Wearing Character: The Life and Times of Nancy Spain, Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment: A Tale of Female Husbandry, Coral Browne: ‘This Effing Lady’ and The New Encyclopaedia of Brighton. She was also the winner of the 2004 LAMBDA award for Best Sci-Fi/Mystery Anthology.

This is a must see show for anyone interested in quirky history with a ‘queer’ emphasis, theatre and music. If you enjoy the prospect of showbiz type anecdotes or real-life scandals you’ll be thoroughly entertained and engaged. To learn more about one of Brighton’s favourite personalities, Rose Collis please visit www.rosecollis.com

Show reviews:

5-star outstanding show - ‘Rose Collis has the air of someone moving to the next level: all the elements of her previous experience researching, writing & performing unite during this show in a natural & self-assured way.… a theatrical exploration of colourful characters who defied expectations in order to reinvent themselves…." (Lucy Nordberg, Brighton Fringe Review)

"This is a well-paced, fact filled one woman show about women who liked to wear trousers & men who did anyway… She has a charming voice & a delightful delivery…the show has just about all anyone can ask: interesting content, great energy & music that makes you beg for more.’" (Lynn Ruth Miller, star of ‘Britain’s Got More Talent’)

"…Collis’s genuine affection for her cross-dressing eccentrics is the heart of this show. That makes it work, & creates something quirky & uplifting. The themes of the show stayed with me as I left the Marlborough." (Mathilda Gregory, Fringe Guru)

"What a brilliant show!" (Jullie Burchill)

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