Who better to peer into the world of female friendships than two men in wigs? Wigging Out sees Thomas Sainsbury (the more popular Paula Bennett) and Hamish Russell (Drag Wars 2016 winner) don a couple of wigs and sashay onto the Basement Theatre stage Feb 27th to March 3rd, as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival 2018.
Anne Xiety and Dee Pression were high school frenemies with more beef than a Taylor Swift song. When the two reunite in a doctor’s waiting room, all the memories come flooding back as they compete to prove who has the better life despite their crippling insecurities.
Wigging Out promises lip-syncs dripping with awkward relatability, melodramatic monologues and self-deprecating asides. There’s also bound to be sequins, slipping false eyelashes and more costume reveals than you can shake a prescription at.
Thomas Sainsbury has become a force to be reckoned with, making a name for himself parodying New Zealand politicians on Snapchat and Facebook, where he’s amassed an impressive 28,000 likes. 2017 was a busy year for Tom, on screen he was in Pork Pie, Filthy Rich and Australia’s Hamish and Andy’s True Story, while also being a regular on the Basement Theatre stage with his Auckland Fringe show Infectious, and his Comedy Festival show DOCing. Accompanying him is Hamish Russell, who dipped his pointed toe into Auckland’s drag scene in 2016, and the same year snatched the Drag Wars crown. He took off his wig and hasn’t been on stage since, and now alongside a seasoned pro, he’ll be popping his Basement cherry with Wigging Out.
- Tuesday 27 February – Saturday 3 March 2018, 8.30PM
- Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave