Ennis welcomes Panti Bliss to glór this December where through her gender-discombobulating, stiletto-shaped world she exposes the stories behind the make-up from performance giant to accidental activist.
In 2014, Panti landed herself in a legal storm, dubbed ‘Pantigate’. Her speech about homophobia went viral, was broadcast around the world, was remixed by Pet Shop Boys, caused a parliamentary meltdown, and fed into Ireland’s marriage equality referendum success.
Hilarious and poignant, High Heels in Low Places traces Panti’s journey from small-town boy kicking against traditions; to towering plastique woman in false lashes making history. It comes to glór on Thursday December 8th at 8:30pm.
Panti is a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn who is regarded as one of the best drag queens in the world. Created by Rory O’Neill, Panti is also an accidental activist and in her own words ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the unsayable.’
Over the last few years Rory has become a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland and since the recent scandal around ‘Pantigate’, his fight for equality and against homophobia has been recognised across the world.
glór will also screen The Queen of Ireland, a documentary on Rory and his alter ego Panti prior to the live performance – about his early life, the events surrounding comments O’Neill made about homophobia and Panti’s role during Ireland’s successful campaign for Marriage Equality. Filmed over a number of years, The Queen of Ireland follows Rory’s journey from the small Mayo town of Ballinrobe to now striding the world stage.