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By Rose Collis
presented by Tomboi Productions

at TAPAC Theatre, Western Springs, Auckland
From 15 Feb 2013 to 18 Feb 2013

Fringe Bar, Cnr Cuba & Vivian, Wellington
From 20 Feb 2013 to 23 Feb 2013

Reviewed by:  Charlotte EverettLori Leigh;


Celebrated British biographer and performer Rose Collis unbuttons her critically-acclaimed Trouser-Wearing Characters show (Brighton Fringe Festival 2012) at the AUCKLAND FRINGE then NZ FRINGE (Wellington) this February (see below).

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 50's media star Nancy Spain (a trouser-wearing character) to masquerader ‘Colonel' Victor Barker (aka 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 

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to

NZ Fringe Wellington runs from 15 February to 9th March 2013. For more NZ Fringe information go to


15th – 18th February, 9pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Venue: TAPAC Theatre, 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs, Auckland
Tickets: $20, $18 (Concession), $18 (Grp 6+), $15 (Fringe Artist Pass),
Service fees do apply
Bookings: TAPAC  

20th – 23rd February, 8:30pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Venue: The Fringe Bar, Cnr Cuba & Vivian Streets, Wellington City.
Tickets:  $20, $18 (Concession), $18 (Grp 6+), $15 (Fringe Artist Pass), $14 Fringe Addict Card Holder
(Please note: Booking/Service fees will be additional & applied to these ticket prices)
Bookings:  DASH Tickets 
OR  DOOR SALES (8pm) each night of season.