Oh hi there Fez Fa’anana

This weekend marks the final days of the Auckland Pride Festival, a fortnight-long celebration for the Rainbow Community. It ends with the party that is the Pride Parade this Saturday on Ponsonby Rd, but there is another event you can head along to, a show described as Cirque du Soleil meets RuPaul’s Drag Race, Briefs is now playing at the ASB Theatre. We caught up with the show’s Auckland born artistic director…

I’m a ringmaster but I’m also a bearded lady.

My day usually begins with thinking about exercise and ends with chips and gravy.

Name your three favourite places in your hometown to eat, drink and play.
My mums house, my sister’s house and my other sisters house. It’s really cheap and they have big servings. I don’t really eat out much when I am home. When I’m home I need to get the home cooking fix and hang with the family.

Tell us something we’d be surprised to know about you
I hate trifle.

Pick a book and a park you’d like to read it in, anywhere in the world.
Book: Valley of the Dolls
Park: Paronella Park Qld Australia

Tell us a little bit about BRIEFS
Briefs is an all male, all vaudeville, all trash glitter bombing of circus, drag & burlesque!

How long have you been part of the production, and how did you get involved?
I’ve been part of Briefs since its dysfunctional and humble beginnings in 2008. It started out as a simple performance infused party-like speak-easy that kicked off among a group of friends of the performative persuasion. We had no idea that it would grow into the beast it is today.

What is your favourite part of the show?
The group numbers are my favourite moments in the show. I love the madness of everyone on stage elbowing each other for attention.

If everyone in the world had a theme song that played when they walked into a room, what would yours be and why?
Got to be real by Cheryl Lyn, it is THE best walking music. This track forces a spring into your step.

Fez Fa’anana is the Artistic Director and a Performer in BRIEFS at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre on now until Saturday 20 February. For more information see aucklandlive.co.nz