Opened 28 Nov 2008
Written: by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed: Dominic Cooke
Cast: Katie Gillespie, Leon Lopez, Danny Sapani, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Kevin Harvey, Alex Lanipekun, Holly Quin-Ankrah, Craig Stein, Jessika Williams
Synopsis: Enter the legendary House of Light, a hyper-glamorous, uber-competitive drag queen refuge where a daughter who was once a son, can find a family. While the House are primping and preening for a catwalk showdown with the other houses, drag queen Nina is wooing the delectable Eric as ‘Wilson’, a de-camped, make-up free 'straight' gay man. How can Nina/Wilson strut the thorny divide between opposite genders and differing worlds? With sassy music, killer costumes and performed in a club cabaret setting, Wig Out! brings to glorious, vivid life, a riotous, defiant drag queen sub-culture.
What the popular press had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Throws much glitter but little piercing light upon the complexities of erotic life for cross-dressing, gay, black men and their lovers." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE STAGE says, "For all its flash and dazzle, however, the play sidesteps the real issue: how does these characters survive outside the self-created fantasy of the drag-house?" CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Disappointingly superficial... it's only fair to report that hipper, younger and gayer people than I seemed to be having a high old time at what seemed a bit of a drag to me." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "The dialogue is imaginative, idiomatic but often as hard to follow as the story."